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Learning Objectives:

Develop an understanding of:

  • Common IT risks that impact all organizations
  • Key controls to mitigate these common IT risks
  • Business and audit impacts of unmitigated IT risks

Speaker Bios:

Ruben Garcia is a San Antonio native who graduated from St. Mary’s University and is the founder of ATR Advisory LLC, a Management Consulting firm that specializes in various areas of Risk Assurance including IT Audit, SOC Reporting, Data analytics, Model Risk Management and Internal Audit co-sourcing. His professional experience also includes working for PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen, Aventine Hill Partners and Valero Energy.

Nick Oscari is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of accounting experience.  Nick Oscari currently serves as an Accounting Director with ATR Advisory LLC. Nick previously served as an Accounting Director for a national retailer and as a Senior Audit Manager at KPMG.

8/9/2018 - 8/10/2018

As an organization grows and its internal processes change and evolve, its quality monitoring process must keep pace. To ensure consistent quality in this dynamic environment, an ongoing commitment to growth and improvement is essential.

The required elements of a Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP) include periodic internal assessments and external assessments to demonstrate conformance with The IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. In addition, a quality QAIP can provide evidence to the audit committee and management that the internal audit activity is efficient, effective, and adding value. It can also build stakeholder confidence and document a commitment to quality, leading practices, and the internal auditors’ mindset for professionalism.

This course will provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills to plan, perform, and evaluate the results of an external quality assessment case study. You will also learn about the processes and tools in the IIA Quality Assessment Manual (QA Manual) that can help you identify opportunities to improve your internal audit quality activities.

Course Objectives

  • Examine the process flow and tools in the updated QA Manual and explore how these can be used to evaluate conformance with the Standards and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Practice using the QA Manual tools to plan, perform, and evaluate the results of an external quality assessment case study.
  • Discuss how to use the QA Manual tools in a periodic self-assessment.
  • Evaluate the external quality assessment options and determine which option will work best for your internal audit activity.

Speaker Bio:

Don Espersen, CIA, CRMA, QAIL Don Espersen is an independent internal audit advisor and professional trainer based in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He specializes in the design and delivery of customized training programs and internal audit quality improvement activities. He has worked with client groups in Africa, Asia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, Oceania, South America, and the United States.

Prior to creating d.espersen & associate in 1999, Espersen held a variety of Chief Audit Executive, internal audit management and staff positions in several financial services organizations. During his professional career, he has:

  • Served as one of the primary facilitators for The Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) Chief Audit Executive’s Vision University series for over ten years
  • Facilitated over 650 seminars and customized training programs on a wide variety of internal auditing, risk management and internal control topics.
  • Developed over a dozen of the IIA’s seminars including: Beyond the Basics: Essential Skills and Practices, Performing an Effective Quality Assessment, and COSO-Based Internal Auditing.
  • Flown over 3,380,045 miles and had the privilege and pleasure of working with countless internal audit practitioners and their stakeholders.
He was one of the authors of the IIA's Quality Assessment Manual (2013). He has led over thirty external quality-assessment projects for internal audit groups in a wide variety of industries, sectors, and international locations.