Audit and Governance

The aim of the Certificate in Audit Skills (CAS) is to develop the skills and knowledge of public sector internal auditors in order to carry out effective audits and make a greater contribution to the governance of their organisations.  The Certificate is an issues-based course focused on skills enhancement to meet the ever-changing needs of the auditor in delivering an added value and quality service. The programme examines in detail, and in a very practical manner, the key areas of the work of an internal auditor.

A key feature of this programme is that the students take part in a case study that has been designed to simulate the audit process and issues an internal auditor faces when carrying out an audit.

Certificate in Audit Skills

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Key Facts

This programme is delivered over four months with four x three day tutorials. 

Tutorials will take place at the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin.  Classes typically run from 9:30pm to 5:00pm on tutorial dates.

Module Dates are as follows:

Module 1: 26-28 September 2017
Module 2: 24-26 October 2017
Module 3: 21-23 November 2017
Module 4: 11-13 December 2017

Please note change of dates for module 4 from previously advertised 12-14 December 2017.

Commences

26-28 September 2017

Application Deadline

September 2017 Bookings for the Certificate close three weeks in advance of start date.

Key Facts

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
  • Next course commencing September 2017.
  • Delivered over four x three day modules (weekdays).
  • Practical, issues-based course, focused on skills enhancement for Public Sector Auditors.
  • Includes a case study designed to simulate the work and issues faced during an Audit.

Duration

12 Days (Four x Three Day Modules)

Fees & Enrolment

The fee for the full programme is €5,250 per student (2017 Fee).  Fee includes all course material, tuition and tutorial attendance and assessment and examination. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at tutorials.

*A reduced price is available to those who have previously attended the IPA Introduction to Internal Audit. Please see application form below for full details.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will close three weeks prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

The aim of the Certificate in Audit Skills (CAS) is to develop the skills and knowledge of public sector internal auditors in order to carry out effective audits and make a greater contribution to the governance of their organisations.  The Certificate is an issues-based course focused on skills enhancement to meet the ever-changing needs of the auditor in delivering an added value and quality service. The programme examines in detail, and in a very practical manner, the key areas of the work of an internal auditor.

A key feature of this programme is that the students take part in a case study that has been designed to simulate the audit process and issues an internal auditor faces when carrying out an audit.

Who is this for?

The course programme has been designed for internal auditors who have some basic knowledge and practical experience of internal audit.  The course may not be suitable for staff who are new to the function.  It may be beneficial for such staff attend the Institute's Introduction to Internal Audit course and then consider undertaking the CAS when they have acquired experience of undertaking audits.

Course Content

The Certificate in Audit Skills programme covers, in detail, the following topics:

Module One
  • Context of Internal Audit
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Strategic Audit Management and Planning
Module Two
  • Audit Approach and Techniques, Audit Fieldwork & Evidence
  • Value for Money
  • Fraud 
Module Three
  • Audit Reporting
  • Specialised Audit
  • Specific Audit Approaches
  • Audit of European Union Funding
Module Four
  • Internal Audit and Audit Committees
  • Case Study
Assessment

In order to be awarded the Certificate in Audit Skills each participant must demonstrate:

  • Satisfactory attendance record on the programme
  • Satisfactory completion of three prescribed course assignments
  • Satisfactory participation in the Case Study
  • Maintenance of a Portfolio of Evidence which demonstrates the application of learning in the workplace

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