Applying the Standards for Internal Auditors Part 2
What you'll learn
- Explore the many facets to effectively managing the internal audit function.
- Identify the challenges and alternative solutions internal auditors can consider when attempting to manage the function in line with the Standards while also balancing management expectations.
- Discover the nature of work outlined by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards which internal auditors are directed to be involved with including: control reviews, risk management and governance.
- Identify the challenges and alternative solutions internal auditors may face/use when attempting to execute on the various forms of control reviews, risk management projects and governance reviews.
- Completion of the course: The Institute of Internal Auditor Standards Part One
As a profession, internal auditors look to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards to provide guidance on how to most effectively execute their fiduciary role. Part One of this series introduced the overall Standards, Mandatory Guidelines, Core Principles, Code of Ethics and Attribute Standards. These are important concepts that internal auditors, management and the board should understand. These guidelines provide the foundation for the profession and are written to ensure effectiveness and consistency in the execution of internal auditing.
This segment will focus on two elements of the Performance Standards which include: managing the internal audit function and the nature of work considered within the realm of internal auditing. Each of these components are critical to the effective execution of internal audit’s responsibilities.
Requirements for managing internal audit extend far beyond managing a specific project or individual audit. It includes management of the entire audit process from development through to execution and reporting. It also includes:
- Ensuring the team has the relevant knowledge and expertise for engagement assignments
- Appropriate resourcing and budgeting exists to support the Mission of the function
- Establishing the right communication protocols with management and the board.
When examining the nature of work of internal audit, the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards outline three very critical areas that internal auditors should be engaged with. These include:
- Risk Management
Inherently, most individuals within management understand the requirements around internal audit’s evaluation of controls, but many struggle with how or if internal audit should be involved in risk management and governance activities.
This course delves deeper into managing the internal audit activity and the challenges that may be faced along with properly identifying internal audit's nature of work. The participant will come away with an appreciation for the intent of the Standards and a recognition of alternatives to promoting the value oriented activities internal audit can provide to an organization.
If you would like Continuing Education Credit (e.g. CPE, CE, CPD, etc.) for this course, it is available if you take this course on the Illumeo dot com platform under course title: Applying the Standards for Internal Auditors in Line with Your Organization's Needs - Part Two: Managing Internal Audit and Nature of Work. Illumeo is certified to provide CPE in over two dozen different professional certifications covering finance, accounting, treasury, internal audit, HR, and more. However, in order to receive CPE credit the courses must be taken on an ‘approved-by-the-governing-body’ CPE platform, and for over two dozen corporate professional certifications, that is the Illumeo platform. Go to Illumeo dot com to learn more.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in finance, accounting, risk management or related fields.
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Ms. Fountain has over 30 years of experience in the business profession, which includes public and industry accounting and over 20 years within internal and external auditing combined. She is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker and also a published author. She is a subject matter expert and specializes in Internal Audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud, Governance and Compliance. Ms. Fountain has held two Chief Audit Executive positions for international companies. She currently performs consulting for companies on internal audit, risk management, internal controls, financial reporting and accounting along with performing training. She has also been instrumental in the establishment of ERM, Sarbanes-Oxley and Governance frameworks
Ms. Fountain has developed and delivered leading edge training sessions on COSO, Internal Audit, ERM, Accounting, Leadership, Governance, Compliance and Ethics. She has numerous recorded webinars on Illumeo dot com.
Ms. Fountain has authored a publication for the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (IIARF) titled “Raise the Red Flag – The Internal Auditors Guide to Fraud Evaluations”. The publication will be released April 20, 2015. In addition, she is authoring a publication for Auerbach on “The Realities of performing the Chief Audit Executive Role”. The publication will be released in the Fall 2015. In addition, she has performed as an adjunct instructor for the School of Business for Grantham University and the School of Business at the University of Kansas.
Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has her CGMA, CRMA credentials and CPA certificate.