Audit Report Writing

Seminar Overview

A One-Day Course on Optimizing the Effectiveness of Your Audit Reports

Audit Reports can significantly lose their effect if not written professionally. Writing an audit report is a fine art and, once perfected, can take on more importance than the audit itself. In this 8 hour course, attendees will learn, in depth, about each component of an audit report and how to set the correct tense and clarity to gain the most effectiveness.

Who Should Attend
Financial, Operational, and Information Technology Auditors who would like to maximize the effectiveness of their audit reports.
  • Overview of best practices in effective writing techniques, including effective word usage and what emotional words not to use
  • Best practices in formatting of audit reports, including depth and length
  • Learn how to write an executive summary that has impact and is read by executives
I. Introduction and Background
  a. Why write an audit report?
  b. What about your audit reports?

II. Auditor Guidance
  b. Yellow Book
  c. Why Write an Audit Report?
  d. Limitations of Audit Reports

III. Audit Report Structure
  a. Executive Summary
  b. Observations
  c. Appendices

IV. Executive Summary
  a. Audit Summary
  b. Audit Objectives
  c. Audit Scope
  d. Background
  e. Opinion
  f. Overall Report Ratings
  g. Standards Conformance Statement

V. Observation Components
  a. Foundation
  b. Condition
  c. Cause
  d. Effect
  e. Recommendations
  f. Action plans

VI. Other Sections of Audit Observations

VII. Report Optimization
  a. Standard 2420
  c. Verb Tenses
  d. Voice Tense
  e. Emotional Words Not to Use
  f. Spelling and Grammar
  g. 10 Common Mistakes that are not Caught in Spell Check

VIII. Report Review and Writer’s Block
   a. Three Levels of Review
   b. Tone
   c. Modifiers
   d. Writer’s Block Factors
   e. Technical Tools
  IX.    Summary and Wrap-Up