An effective internal audit can uncover inefficiencies and identify areas of improvement, leading to increased accountability, cost savings and risk reduction.

Our Effective Internal Auditing course, led by former Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board member Rachel Bowden, will give you the tools you need to conduct more successful audits.  Learn best practices for comprehensive planning, effective execution, and impactful reporting, everything you need to become a more effective auditor.

From communicating with stakeholders pre-audit, to ensuring your recommendations are followed up post-audit, gain new techniques that will improve your auditing performance.

Leave the day armed with the knowledge and tools you need to produce top quality internal audits that will drive increased accountability, efficiency, and confidence in your organisation’s future.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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Rachel Bowden
Internal Auditing Consultant and Trainer

Rachel’s internal audit experience spans the public, private and charitable sectors over a 20 year period. Her aim is to help internal auditors add value to their organisations, and to be efficient and effective.

Rachel works with auditors, audit committees and boards to help them get the most from their assurance arrangements and to help them understand risk and opportunities to make informed decisions.

Rachel sat on the Internal Audit Standards Advisory Board from 2012 to 2016, advising on the development and implementation of the Public Sector Internal Audit Standards.

Rachel provides training to teams ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Ensure you engage with stakeholders effectively
  • Produce a comprehensive plan for your audit
  • Conduct more effective audits with the right approach
  • Discover what makes a good audit report and how to produce one
  • Follow up your audit with effective monitoring and next steps
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Communication and Stakeholder Engagement

Communication is key to an effective audit, so knowing your audience and how to engage with them before, during and after the audit is the first step in becoming more effective internal auditors.

  • Understand how to identify and engage with your auditees and stakeholders
  • The Audit Committee as the ultimate audience
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Planning the Audit

  • Prepare for an effective internal audit
  • Use of analysis, research and available data
  • Establish your goals, scope, and criteria for a successful internal audit
  • Communication and stakeholder engagement
12:15 - 13:15

Conducting the Audit – Part One

  • Evaluate controls and testing effectiveness
  • Evidence and audit working papers
13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Conducting the Audit - continued

  • Test approaches and use of analytics
  • Share feedback and agree actions / recommendations
14:45 - 15:30

Communicating Audit Findings

  • Who is the audience for your audit report?
  • Understand what makes a good audit report
  • Tips for communicating results clearly and effectively
15:30 - 16:00

After the Audit: Next Steps

  • The role of internal audit in monitoring action taken
  • Different approaches to follow up and action tracking
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up & Key Takeaways


Central Government & Agencies - Virtual

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Local Government, Housing, Education & Health - Virtual

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Charity - Virtual

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Private Sector - Virtual

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