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 Critical Thinking Skills for Auditors, January 29, 2014

1/29/2014 8:00 AM
1/29/2014 5:00 PM
VSP Building HQ-2, 3188 Zinfindel Drive, Rancho Cordova |
Seminar Overview
The obvious answer isn’t always the right answer.  The surface is often just the tip of the iceberg.  Sometimes, it’s the little hints that we miss that could be the key to identifying problems and making process improvements.
  • Do you want to improve learn to look past the obvious answers?
  • Do you want to attain a higher level of thinking?
  • Do you want your brain to work more efficiently to solving problems?
  • Do you want to be more creative and innovative?
  • Do you want to recognize more opportunities, avoid mistakes and make decisions faster?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you.

Internal Auditors have the responsibility of looking at business processes objectively and delivering results timely.  By applying critical thinking methods to analyzing information, looking at data, evaluating objectives and risks, and observations, you will be in a better position to provide creative, innovative, timely results.

This course is designed for managers and their teams who collaborate on resolving issues. Individual contributors will also study examples to improve individual critical thinking skills using current issues facing the attendee.  This course will provide tools and techniques used in critical thinking methods and opportunities to apply the methods, tools, and techniques to real daily audit work.

Learning Objectives
  • Develop a mindset that will help you examine processes and issues timely
  • Explore the critical thinking methods used by experts
  • Learn critical thinking methods
  • Understand how critical thinking helps identify and solve problems innovatively and timely

Who Should Attend 

  • Any decision makers in your organization
  • Internal audit staff performing audits
  • Internal audit seniors planning and supervising audits and auditors
  • Audit management overseeing engagements and writing audit reports.

Location:  HQ-2 Building, 3188 Zinfandel Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Directions:  For directions click here
Price:  Members $195 and Non-Members $245








Understanding critical thinking
Critical Thinking Uses for Internal Auditors
  • Defining critical thinking
  • Defining the audit universe
  • Benefits of critical thinking
  • Performing risk assessments
  • Types of thinking
  • Developing test steps
  • Associations and linkages
  • Creating CAATs / Data Analytics tests
  • The single, most important, most profound concept in critical thinking
  • Identifying Root Causes
  • Critical thinking methods and process
  • Suggesting Recommendations
Critical thinking for teams
Conclusions and decision making
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Innovation, creativity, and intuition
  • Leading others
  • Criteria
  • Individuality
  • Stakeholders
  • Motivation
  • Practical decisions and solutions
  • Champions of success
Questioning skills for discovery and information gathering
  • Understanding assumptions
  • Types of questions
-   When to ask questions
-   Gaining clarity
  • Listening to responses and details
Includes analysis of additional critical thinking tools, influences such as leadership and vision, expanded information gathering and investigation, cause and effect analysis, and decision making analysis including wants versus needs and goal setting.    
The Sacramento Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
Refund Policy
NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED FOR CANCELLATION.  However, cancellations received within 48 hours will receive a credit to attend a future seminar within one year.
Complaint Resolution Policy
The Sacramento Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors makes every effort to offer timely, well-delivered, and relevant training programs. Please contact Dave Holbrook, VP Seminars at to register complaints related to the timeliness/accuracy of CPE credit reporting, program delivery, or program content.
Registration Instructions
Attendees are required to Pre-Pay by credit card, debit card, a PayPal account or by check.  No cash will be accepted at the door.  Registration for this event ends on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
Payment Options
·         PayPal - Select the PayPal box if you are paying by Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal account.
·        Check - Select the Check box if you are paying by check. Make your check payable to: Institute of Internal Auditors, Sacramento Chapter and send the check to the following address:
The Golden 1 Credit Union
c/o Internal Audit Department - IIA
Post Office Box 278598
Sacramento, CA 95827- 8598
·       Purchase Order - Select the Purchase Order box if your company or government agency requires an invoice.  Then email us your company name, mailing address, phone number and contact person to We will then invoice them prior to the event. 

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