Seminar will provide auditors will the skills to lead audits and direct an audit team to get results

Starting in January expect the gyms to be packed as many people look to make good on their New Year's resolution to get in shape and shed those few extra pounds they may have picked up during the holidays. It's also time to exercise those audit muscles and bulk up on the audit skills you need to advance in your career.

MIS Training Institute will provide an excellent chance to do just that early in the year with its seminar, Advanced Auditing for the In-Charge Auditor, which will take place from February 6-8 in San Francisco. The course, instructed by Kathleen Crawford, will provide attendees with all of the elements involved in leading risk-based audits from the unique perspective of the in-charge position.

Through discussion and exercises, participants will review such concepts as audit program development and changes, performing risk assessments, setting priorities while assigning tasks, managing staff performance during fieldwork, and reviewing workpapers. Since internal auditors are expected to have sufficient knowledge to evaluate the risk of fraud, this course also provides participants with an overview to enhance fraud awareness, improve fraud risk-assessment capabilities, and identify high-risk areas and the indicators of fraud.

This course will also equip participants with the techniques to communicate effectively with team members and clients, including ways to get client buy-in through the effective preparation, documentation, and communication of issues and recommendations.

Team leaders face many challenges from the time the audit program is developed and the budget is set until the final report is issued. Failing to plan, anticipate or correct any of the management, technical or communication aspects of their role could lead to a failed project that reflects negatively on the auditor-in-charge or the entire department. This class provides the necessary skills and techniques to help you avoid such negative outcomes.

The intermediate-level course is aimed at financial, operational, information technology, and external auditors with two or more years of audit experience. For more information, or to register for the course, see the course page.