Effective Report Writing for Internal Auditors

  • Start Date

    08 Mar, 2022

  • End Date

    11 Mar, 2022

  • Price


  • WiFi

    Free wifi

Event Details

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish barriers to effective written communication and how to overcome them
  • Structure the audit report for impact
  • Present audit findings in a clear and concise manner
  • Identify the target audience and adapt their writing accordingly
  • Produce an organized and structured audit report draft



Introduction to report writing

  • Value of the audit report
  • Measuring return
  • Ensuring a "needs" fit
  • Maintaining quality control
  • Elements of written communication
  • Barriers to written communication
  • Constructs of written communication
  • Clear writing techniques
  • The writing act
  • Preparing to write
  • Writing the first draft


The audit report findings and structure

  • Audit findings and their presentation
  • Structuring an audit report
  • Areas to cover
  • Determine the audience
  • Likely findings
  • Technical appendices
  • Summarizing working papers into reportable narrative
  • Use of planning worksheets
  • Differing types of reports


Drafting the audit report

  • Analyzing the prospective audience
  • Who the audience is
  • Number of readers
  • Organizational status
  • Knowledge background
  • Attitude to audit
  • Personal agendas
  • Hot topics
  • Key stakeholders
  • Writing the draft
  • Scheduling time
  • Writing as you go
  • Structuring your thoughts
  • Draft quickly and polish later
  • Use of clear writing techniques
  • Evaluation of the draft
  • Checking for substance and strategy
  • Capturing and maintaining the reader’s attention


Editing the audit report

  • Editing the report
  • Bottleneck
  • Causes of auditor frustration
  • The "Kilroy was here" syndrome
  • Editing for substance, readability, correctness and style
  • Editing others’ work
  • Applying appropriate levels of editing
  • To change or not to change?
  • Build the writer's pride of authorship
  • Building a desire to write well


The final audit report

  • Production of the final version
  • Polishing the report
  • Deciding distribution
  • Management responses
  • Audit replies
  • Selling the report
  • Writing the summary
  • Supporting evidence
  • Conducting report presentations
  • Responding to questions



This course is suitable for all internal and IT auditors who are required to produce and edit audit reports.



The training methodology combines lectures, discussions, group exercises and illustrations. Participants will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of the topics. The emphasis is on the practical application of the topics and as a result participant will go back to the workplace with both the ability and the confidence to apply the techniques learned to their duties.



1ST BATCH: 8th – 11th Mar, 2022

2ND BATCH: 6th – 9th Sept, 2022

Other Dates

Start Date End Date
06 Sep, 2022 09 Sep, 2022
Start Date End Date
08 Mar, 2022 11 Mar, 2022
  • Venue

    Alpha Partners Professional Training Conference Centre. 200, Muritala Mohammed Way (3rd Floor), Yaba Lagos.

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