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 Critical Thinking for Auditors

8/29/2013 8:00 AM
8/29/2013 4:30 PM
McKenzie Room at the Union Club, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC |  
Attend this training to learn/reinforce important audit skills, tools and techniques to facilitate the performance of value-add audits that are risk-based.  Critical thinking and professional judgment is essential for success.  The session will include audit tools and techniques to provide attendees with approaches to guide their use of critical thinking skills to assist in gathering of evidence and the audit process.  Real life examples will be provided to strengthen the critical thinking process that facilitates better supported findings and audit conclusions.  Exercises will be used to further the learning process including “root cause analysis”.  Finally, the course will be interactive and provide opportunities for attendees to practice what they learn.
Learning Objectives
•             Review the basics of risk-based auditing from risk assessments & audit planning to engagements (High-level)
•             Discuss audit evidence, professional judgment and tools/techniques used to gather information (High-level)
•             Review critical thinking and professional judgment as used to facilitate the gathering of information/evidence to support the audit process/results/conclusions (High-level)
•             Discuss/learn the Why, Where, What, How, When of critical thinking for auditors
•             Provide a sample of the critical thinking process including the definition of key terms
•             Determine how critical thinking helps improve audit evidence
•             Compare and contrast auditor judgment and critical thinking skills
•             Use mind minding techniques including root cause analysis to identify and provide solutions for auditor/audit staff challenges and/or problem areas
•             Review ways to develop critical thinking to enhance the audit process
•             Understand the critical thinking process and develop additional critical thinking skills for future use in audits
•             Use the tips, tools and techniques provided to better gather audit evidence through use of critical thinking
•             Share reference materials for development of professional judgment, critical thinking and the audit process
Exercises will be used to reinforce the learning objectives.
The participant should have one to five years’ audit experience or equivalent knowledge; and be familiar with terminology, approaches, methodologies, and techniques to audit the environment.  More experienced auditors may attend this training as a refresher.  In addition, risk assessment/audit planning experience will be helpful, but not necessary for this session.
·         8:00am                 Registration starts;
·         8:00-8:30              Breakfast and Registration;
·         8:30-12:00           Morning Session(15 min coffee break);
·         12:00-13:00         Lunch;
·         13:00-4:30           Afternoon Session (15 min coffee break);
When and Where:  Thursday Aug 29, Victoria; McKenzie Room at the Union Club, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC.
The Union Club is located next to the Empress Hotel (to the left with your back to the inner harbor).
Registration Fees:       
Register by July 31st to enjoy the early bird discount: $250 Member, $350 Non-Member
Regular Registration (after Aug 1st): $300 Member, $400 Non-Member
Extended Invitation:   ISACA, FMI, ACFE, CGA and CMA Members are eligible for member rates.
Registration open till Aug 23rd, non-refundable after Aug 13th.
Follow this link for detailed information and registration:
For more information contact Veronica Zhou at (250) 588-9988 or