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.

Commences:
Autumn 2020 (Dates to be confirmed)
Duration:
12 Days (Four x Three Day Modules)

This Essentials of Internal Audit webinar will cover a range of key topics including the roles and responsibilities of the Internal Auditor,  key stakeholder engagements including with external audit and the audit and risk committee, the audit process and the relationship with management, key performance indicators and issues to consider in reviewing the quality of internal audit.

Commences:
10 June 2020
Duration:
One Hour Webinar

This Introduction to Fraud and Control in Organisations webinar will provide an introduction to the concept of fraud and key controls in organisations.  The session will consider the concept of the fraud triangle, the characteristics of fraud and the opportunities that may exist in organisations as well as key elements of an anti fraud policy. The nature and extent of the control environment and control procedures and the role internal control plays in prevention and detection of fraudulent behaviour.

Commences:
2 July 2020
Duration:
One and a Half Hour Webinar

The expectations and obligations on audit committees continue to evolve in response to governance developments and the need for Boards and governing bodies to demonstrate that they are adhering to relevant audit, assurance and risk management requirements. The Audit committee charter will set out the duties of the Audit Committee in areas such as internal control, internal audit, external audit, financial reporting, risk management, reporting relationships within the organisation and its interaction with other committees. This course will be delivered as a two-hour online specialist-led course.

Commences:
4 June | 2 July | 5 August 2020
Duration:
Two Hour Online Course

The updated revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies applies from 1 September 2016. This is the key guidance document on the corporate governance expectations of State Bodies and other organisations operating to state body and public sector norms. The Code updates and expands on the previous code with additional guidance on several areas.

State Bodies were given two options in relation to adoption of the provisions of the Code.  For those organisations who chose to adopt for the 2017 year-end, this session provides State Bodies with an ideal opportunity to revisit the key provisions of the Code.  This is a Specialist-Led online course.

Commences:
11 June | 9 July 2020
Duration:
Four Hour Online Course

Public bodies and many other organisations in receipt of public support must insure that their corporate governance frameworks are of a best practice standard and that they are in compliance with specified corporate governance codes. This course will give insights into the principles on which codes are based, provide an overview of the key issues for the different stakeholders and discuss the implications of how governance practices can be assessed.

Commences:
16 June | 7 July | 6 August 2020
Duration:
Four Hour Online Course

Oversight of State Bodies: Oversight Agreements, Performance Delivery Agreements and Key Performance Indicators

The two-hour Specialist-Led online course aims to provide concrete guidance to assist staff of both parent Departments and State Bodies in the development of formal Oversight Agreements and Performance Delivery Agreements, with a strong emphasis on performance, including KPIs and monitoring. This course follows a strong practical approach, with class exercises and live samples used throughout the session to facilitate the transfer of operational know-how and of relevant lessons learned across the public sector system.

Commences:
23 June 2020
Duration:
Two Hour Online Course

Effective management of risk is now recognised as a critical element of good governance and assurance arrangements in public service organisations and state agencies. Handling uncertainties and agreeing priorities has implications for strategic and business planning objectives, the relationship with stakeholders and also the resourcing, management and control of work programmes and activities.  Utilising the ISO risk management standard and building on our practical experience with client organisations, this specialist-led online course will give attendees a comprehensive introduction to this important governance and management process.

Commences:
18 June | 14 July | 4 August 2020
Duration:
Four Hour Online Course

This one-day Board Secretary workshop, delivered in conjunction with ICSA: The Governance Institute, is designed for those who have been newly or recently appointed to the position of Board Secretary in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training.  The workshop will examine the role and responsibilities of the Secretary, both as prescribed, and in practice.  It will also look at good practices which a Secretary can introduce and foster to support good governance within their organisation.

Commences:
Dates to be confirmed.
Duration:
One Day

This half-day course aims to provide concrete guidance to assist staff of Departments, State Bodies, Local Authorities and also Not-For-Profit organisations and Charities involved in the delivery of public services, in understanding the key challenges of embedding an appropriate culture and behaviour into the operation of their organisation.

Commences:
Dates to be confirmed.
Duration:
Half Day

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