Keeping the Audit on Track: Critical Skills for Audit Managers

Planning and managing government performance audits in today’s fast-changing environment becomes ever more challenging. Demands for doing more with fewer resources and providing more timely information seems to be the order of the day. This requires audit managers to stay prepared to meet the challenges. How? First of all they need to be more acutely aware of their current skills and how they match up with today’s needs. In addition, they need to focus more intently on methods and tools that will help them manage even more effectively and efficiently than they have up to now.

During this course, audit managers will identify the critical leadership skills needed in today’s environment, perform a self- assessment of their own leadership characteristics, learn about modern leadership techniques and how to apply different skills to different situations, and review what the Yellow Book guidelines for managing certain aspects of auditing. Finally, each audit manager will develop a personal plan for enhancing management and leadership skills based on their own assessment and on best practices discussed in class.

Who Takes This Course

This course is designed for Federal, state, and local government audit managers and supervisors who perform audit work in accordance with GAGAS, and who would like to discover new and more effective ways to address the challenges of keeping an audit focused.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and apply leadership concepts and techniques for successful planning, management, and communications
  • Motivate staff to carry out assignments with the highest quality and lowest cost
  • Develop successful audit teams
  • Select staff for assignments; manage and communicate well with them, and evaluate their performance
  • Develop cohesion for choosing type and extent of work
  • Communicate effectively with auditees and others
  • Measure quantitatively the quality of audit work

Course Topics

Leading in the Current Audit Environment

  • Building Background
  • Audit Leadership Skills
  • Principles of Audit Leadership
  • Your Own Leadership Assessment

Yellow Book Professional Requirements

  • Building Background
  • Ethical Principles
  • Professional Judgment
  • Competence
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Planning
  • Supervision

Leadership and Management

  • Building Background
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Enhancing the Performance of Others

Application of Leadership and Management Skills to Audit Work

  • Building Background
  • Leadership Issues to Consider
  • Management Issues to Consider
  • Phase by Phase: Useful Application Tools
  • Reporting
  • Advice for All Audit Managers
  • Audit Accomplishment Checklist

Personal Leadership Going Forward

  • Building Background
  • Course Wrap-up

Graded Activities

The final exam must be completed with a grade of 70% or higher.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Course Number: 5824
Tuition: $669
Duration: 2 days
Delivery Method: Instructor-led live classroom
CEUs: 1.3
CLPs: 16
NASBA CPE Credits: 16
NASBA Level: Intermediate
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Course Format:

Lecture, group discussion, class exercises, and exam.

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