An audit is an investment in reliable financial reporting and compliance, and an increased return on those dollars can be achieved by hiring the right auditors. This course will provide key factors for you to consider when evaluating whether you are getting the most quality and insight from your auditors, to enable them to perform the most value-added audit possible in the given circumstances - while retaining the trust of a CPA.
Limitations in roles and responsibilities an auditor can accept without impairing independence. Assessing the strength of your auditor’s ability to think critically, strategically, and creatively in appropriate circumstances. Evaluating your auditor’s time and project management stills. Grading your auditor’s communication and interpersonal skills, in exceeding your expectations on an audit.
Anyone who manages the external auditor relationship.
Describe how to identify signs that your auditors may be over- or under-auditing . Explain the “soft” skills, such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and more that your auditor should readily exhibit in order to give you the greatest return for your audit dollars. Apply illustrative examples, of value-added business advice and assistance the auditor may apply without impairing independence.
Jennifer F. Louis, CPA has over 25 years of experience in designing and presenting high-quality training programs in a wide variety of technical accounting, auditing, and “soft skills” topics needed for professional and organizational success. She is the principal author of audit and attest related courses for Surgent and a frequent speaker at Surgent live programs and seminars. Ms. Louis is also the president of Emergent Solutions Group, LLC, a company she founded in 2003, dedicated to developing and delivering a wide variety of accounting and auditing training services, including audit staff training, audit productivity improvement, and value-added auditing. Prior to that, she was executive vice president/director of training services at AuditWatch, Inc. Before joining AuditWatch, Ms. Louis was the financial/operational internal audit manager at AARP. While at AARP, she served as one of their specially trained facilitators available as a resource throughout the organization for designing and leading strategic meetings and training sessions. Ms. Louis was also an audit manager for Deloitte and Touche, LLP. During her years in that firm’s Washington, D.C. office, she served as an instructor for the firm’s national “Train the Trainers” program. Ms. Louis graduated summa cum laude from Marymount University with a BBA in accounting.
Non-Member Price $99.00
Member Price $79.00