Whether you are new to auditing or seeking a refresher, learn the essential skills needed to conduct effective audits on this concise Fundamentals of Auditing course.

Auditing helps organisations identify opportunities for improvement in their systems and processes by providing a structured approach to uncovering areas that need change. Regular audits encourage continual improvement that reduce inefficiencies, improve performance, and increase customer satisfaction.

This 1-day Fundamentals of Auditing training explains what auditing is, the responsibilities of an auditor, and how internal audits are performed.

The course includes interactive workshops which give delegates the opportunity to practise their new skills while working in groups and under the guidance of the tutor. Exercises and discussions will cover topics such as questioning styles and writing a nonconformity report.

The Fundamentals of Auditing training course is designed for those who would like to understand the role of internal auditing and auditors within their organisation. This may include:

  • staff whose organisations are due to be audited and who need to understand of the process
  • current auditors seeking to refresh their auditing knowledge
  • managers and owners of processes
  • anyone planning to audit a management system or process

This Fundamentals of Auditing training does not focus on auditing against a specific standard. If you are looking for a course that provides these skills, then we recommend looking instead at our two-day Internal Auditor training courses or our five-day CQI and IRCA certified Lead Auditor training courses.

Key topics covered by the course include:

  • introduction to auditing
  • audit objectives
  • process-based management systems
  • audit checklists
  • management system documentation
  • managing the internal audit programme
  • the internal audit process (preparation, performance, reporting, follow-up)
  • question styles and sampling
  • nonconformity writing
  • attributes and characteristics of an auditor

Led by an expert tutor, this interactive course will be delivered to provide the greatest benefit in face-to-face and virtual settings. A typical agenda will follow the structure of:

  • Workshop 1 What is an audit and the role of an internal auditor?
  • Module 1 Introduction to auditing
  • Workshop 2 Barriers and the culture of successful audits
  • Module 2 Process-based management systems
  • Module 3 Managing the internal audit programme
  • Workshop 4 Factors determining audit frequency
  • Module 4 The internal audit process
  • Module 5 Question styles and sampling
  • Module 6 Nonconformity writing
  • Workshop 5 Write a nonconformity report
  • Module 7 The auditor

On completion of this course delegates will be able to:

  • describe the responsibilities of the internal auditor and the role of internal audits in maintaining and improving systems and delivering business benefits
  • understand the skills necessary to plan and prepare for an internal audit
  • create audit checklists
  • gather objective evidence through interview and sampling of records
  • apply differing questioning styles and sampling techniques to the audit of processes
  • write factual nonconformity reports that help to improve the effectiveness of the management system

Delegates who attend the course for the full day will receive a certificate of completion.

Fundamentals of Auditing Certificate