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Professional Development

Leading Successful Audits


Course Objectives

Leading successful audits is a complex task that requires auditors to master multiple elements: planning and scoping, quality control, professional judgement, continuous improvement, as well as people and relationship management.

This course will focus on three cross-cutting areas:

  • People, i.e. WHO you are working with and what is expected of the relationship; as well as leading up, leading down)
  • Content, i.e. WHAT work needs to be done: strategic thinking, scoping, knowledge of business, gathering evidence, developing recommendations, etc.
  • Process, i.e. HOW the work gets done, project management, etc.

Who Should Participate?

This course is targeted to auditors who have or will have the responsibility for supervising or managing the work of more junior auditors.


This virtual course is delivered over 3 days. The course includes a mix of instructor-led content, interactive exercises, and break-out sessions.

Course Outline

Day 1 | 6 hours

  • Leading People – Overview of Relationships and the Audit Process
  • Leading People – Building Relationships (Part 1)
  • Leading Content – Scoping Audits

Day 2 | 6 hours

  • Leading People – Building Relationships (Part 2)
  • Leading People – Nurturing Relationships
  • Leading People – Mending   Closing Relationships

Day 3 | 6 hours

  • Leading Process – Ensuring Audit Quality
  • Leading Thinking – Strategic Thinking
  • Scoping Presentations   Debrief

We do not currently have an open offering for this course. Please email us to let us know you are interested in this course and we will notify you as soon as we set a date for the next offering.



Member: $1,179
Non-Member: $1,479

Note: Prices are per person for virtual courses only. Price for in-person courses can be provided upon request.


“I believe it is a very useful course that will benefit auditors across the nation. It is great to be able to have such a course for us to offer to our performance audit profession.”

“I found the course to be perfect for my level (about to start management, but with lots of audit experience).”

"Overall it was great. I loved how there were no right or wrong answers, respecting people's views and encouraging everyone to participate and actually paying attention to us.”

“I think the course is well pitched to newish audit leaders/managers.”


To request a dedicated offering for your office, please contact training@caaf-fcar.ca.

This course will require up to 5 hours of individual and group work between Day 2 and 3 outside of course hours. Participants will be asked to identify an audit topic and scope an audit.

Note: The course outline above is provided as a guide. Number of hours include teaching time and breaks.


Course hours can be submitted for CPE or CPD credits, subject to approval by IIA, CPA Canada, or other professional associations.