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CAE provides a wide range of interactive courses that use a combination of approaches, including lectures, video clips, large and small group discussion, and hands-on group activities. CAE instructors are highly experienced former GAO senior managers and executives that have directed audit teams and managed the design and implementation of complex audits using a variety of methodological approaches. They have expertise in a wide range of topics including education, defense, international affairs, financial management, information technology, transportation and physical infrastructure, procurement, and internal control and government auditing standards. We provide a certificate of completion at the end of each course.
The following courses are available through our Open Enrollment registration system as well as through our group-based and customized training. Additional courses available through our group-based/customized training are also listed below.
Understanding Changes in the 2018 Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book), for Performance Audits
To conduct high-quality audits consistent with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), auditors need to both understand the overall Yellow Book requirements and stay up to date with revisions, such as those that apply to performance audits that begin on or after July 1, 2019. This half-day course provides participants with an understanding of changes in GAGAS requirements and guidance that relate to all types of audits as well as those that apply specifically to performance audits. The Yellow Book states that obtaining CPEs specifically on GAGAS, particularly during years in which there are revisions to the standards, may assist auditors in maintaining the competence necessary to conduct GAGAS engagements. New and seasoned auditors will benefit from this material. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages)
Conducting Quality Performance Audits for Results
Independent performance audits are key to ensuring public sector programs are following laws and regulations and are achieving intended results. This 2-day course provides participants with tools to develop researchable audit questions, design and conduct performance audits, determine evidence quality, and formulate a reader-focused report message, all in line with GAGAS requirements. Both new and seasoned auditors in team member or team leader roles will gain knowledge and new perspectives about designing and conducting performance audits. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages).
Understanding and Assessing Internal Control in Audits
Government standards require auditors to assess and report on relevant internal control features when they are found to be significant to audit objectives. This 1-day course provides auditors a thorough understanding of internal control components and principles, practical tips on how to operationalize requirements, and examples of red flags that could indicate deficiencies. This course helps both new and seasoned auditors in team member or team leader roles better understand and apply the revised internal control requirements in the new yellow book standards. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages).
Selecting and Applying Performance Audit Methodologies
Selecting the most appropriate methodology is key to the success of any audit. This 1-day course covers the characteristics of a range of audit methodologies, factors to consider when selecting an approach, tips for applying commonly used methodologies, and information on documenting and reporting for each methodology. Both new and seasoned auditors, as well as team leaders, will gain valuable insights on selecting and applying audit methodologies. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages).
Effectively Leading and Managing Audits
Effectively leading audits can be challenging and requires both technical and interpersonal skills. This 2-day course provides tools and insights on the full range of skills needed to lead and manage high-performing teams, such as guiding audit planning, supervising audit work, developing and motivating staff, providing effective feedback, reviewing reports, and promoting a positive team culture. The concepts and resource materials can be used by team leaders, as well as those aspiring to lead audits. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages).
Collecting and Assessing Evidence to Produce Sound Audit Findings
Evidence is the foundation for any audit—it forms the basis for developing findings, conclusions, and recommendations. This 1-day course provides a fundamental understanding of GAGAS evidence standards in conducting audits, the types of evidence and their strengths and weaknesses, and the need for professional judgment and critical thinking skills in analyzing and assessing evidence. Appropriate for both new and seasoned auditors in team member or team leader roles. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages).
Reviewing Draft Reports and Providing Effective Feedback
Audit findings must be communicated clearly and on time to be useful to agencies and policy makers, yet the process of moving from a draft to a high-quality report can be challenging for both report writers and reviewers. This 1-day course provides practical techniques for reviewing drafts and providing effective feedback that can expedite revisions, result in high-quality products, and help improve staff report writing skills. This course is suited for audit team members, as well as supervisors. Download the full course description (PDF, 2 pages).
Additional courses available through our group-based and customized training include Audit Planning, Message Development and Report Writing, Data Reliability, and Indexing and Referencing. Interested? Contact us at email@example.com or call us at (202) 512-7100.