Certificate in Internal Audit Leadership

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Course Overview

The Certificate in Internal Audit Leadership program has been tailored to address the challenges faced by Internal Audit Leadership in assisting their organizations to achieve their strategic objectives.
The challenges faced because of COVID-19 have shed further light on the phenomenal role Internal Audit plays in organizations’ overall governance framework and this course is focused on assisting Internal Audit Leadership in navigating these many encounters.

Key Takeaways

Providing a strategic perspective to the Internal Audit Functions and review of Corporate Governance, Risk Management & Compliance
Enabling the Internal Audit Leadership to further its role in enhancing the organizations ability to identify fraud risks
Enabling the Internal Audit Leadership to further enhance the existing Quality Assurance & Improvement program
Writing more effective and strategic Audit Committee reports
Identifying traits of successful and toxic internal audit leaders

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Course Outline

Part 1
Internal Audit Strategy & Plan
This section of the program focuses on how the leadership team needs to develop the internal audit strategy taking into consideration the following:
→ Industry
→ Organizational Structure
→ Systems & Management Information Systems
→ Economy
→ Organizational Culture
→ History
→ Risk Management Maturity
→ Compliance Maturity
→ Anti-Fraud Ownership
→ Audit Committee Diversity
→ Capabilities of the Internal Audit team
At the end of this section we will address the practical challenges that audit functions face in developing and implementing the Internal Audit Plan enabling a more practical forwardlooking approach to audit planning.
Audit Committee (AUCOM) Reporting
Many training programs focus on Internal Audit Report Writing which mainly address the internal audit reports that are issued to individual departments. However, a critical aspect of reporting is that provided to the Audit Committee.
It is the Audit Committee report that makes a powerful impact in the Board room. Therefore, this program will address the most effective methods in writing AUCOM reports providing key insights as it relates to the most successful methods to keep the AUCOM engaged and supportive of internal audit recommendations.
Auditing Governance:
Auditing governance represents a unique challenge for the Leadership Team of any Internal Audit Department. This unique challenge is mainly due to the sensitive nature of auditing governance processes that are mainly focused on the oversight capabilities of the Board of Directors and effective performance assessment of the senior management.
Many leadership teams address the governance audit from a purely regulatory compliance perspective not taking the opportunity to address critical governance areas that can significantly impact the effectiveness of the organizations internal control environment on the long run.
At the end of this section we would have identified the most effective methods to report on essential governance topics.
Auditing Risk Management & Compliance
There are always differing points of views between the monitoring functions of any institutions as to exactly who should do what. This section provides new perspectives on how Internal Audit Leadership can address this dilemma in the most practical way possibly. We further address specific points to take into consideration during Risk Management & Compliance audits integrating this with the governance audit highlighted in the previous section.
Part 2
Recent Trends in Internal Audit
We provide the Leadership team with insights regarding the recent trends impacting the internal audit profession with a focus on emerging risks most internal audit departments will be focusing on in 2021 and beyond.
The Internal Audit Team
“Take care of your team and they will take care of you” Keeping your internal audit team engaged, focused and passionate about the Internal Audit profession is a particularly challenging task. In this section we focus on how to address these challenges and how to ensure that your team is always motivated to assist their clients in achieving their departmental objectives.
Part 3
Toxic Traits of Internal Audit Leadership
In this section we address ten toxic traits that are detrimental to Internal Audit Leadership. We will address each trait and how we can overcome them in our teams.
Successful Attributes of Effective Internal Audit Leadership
We focus on what it takes to be an effective Internal Audit Leader. We purely address the inter-personal aspects of what it takes to succeed as an Internal Audit Leader taking into consideration the conflicting expectations that emerge from the high number of stakeholders .
Fraud Risk Assessment
It is well known that the internal audit functions role in fraud identification is limited by the standards to the identification of indicators of fraud. However, the leadership team has an important role in reporting on the effectiveness of management’s fraud risk assessment activities. In this section we take a detailed assessment on the most effective role to reviewing fraud risk assessment initiatives within the organization.
Quality Assurance & Improvement Program (QAIP)
Every internal audit function needs to conduct an internal assessment against the Institute of Internal Audit Standards every three years and an external assessment every five years. In this section we address the most effective means to establish a QAIP within the Internal Audit function.

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
Audit leaders
Audit supervisors
Audit managers
Senior auditors
Chief audit executives

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What language will the course be taught in and what level of English do I need to take part in an LEORON training program?
Most of our public courses are delivered in English language. You need to be proficient in English to be able to fully participate in the workshop and network with other delegates. For in-house courses we have the capability to train in Arabic, Dutch, German and Portuguese.
Are LEORON Public courses certified by an official body/organization?
LEORON Institute partners with 20+ international bodies and associations.We also award continuing professional development credits (CPE/PDUs) for:1. NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) 2. Project Management Institute PDUs 3. CISI credits 4. GARP credits 5. HRCI recertification credits 6. SHRM recertification credits
What is the deadline for registering to a public course?
The deadline to register for a public course is 14 days before the course starts. Kindly note that occasionally we do accept late registrations as well, but this needs to be confirmed with the project manager of the training program or with our registration desk that can be reached at +1071 4 1075 5711 or
What does the course fee cover?
The course fee covers a premium training experience in a 5-star hotel, learning materials, lunches & refreshments, and for some courses, the certification fee and membership with the accrediting bodies.
Does LEORON give discounts?
Yes, we can provide discounts for group bookings. If you would like to discuss a discount on a corporate level, we will be happy to talk to you.