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There are four different ways to get audit training: formal post-secondary education, seminars, industry-specific training courses, and independent study. An auditor is a trained professional responsible for conducting inspections and reviews to ensure that procedures are followed. Although most people associate auditing with finance, there are actually several different types of audits. Information technology audits are growing in popularity, as firms seek assurances that the systems are designed to meet current and future needs with a minimal amount of risk and exposure.
The most common way to obtain audit training is through a formal post-secondary program. A bachelor degree in accounting or commerce includes at least two courses in financial auditing. Additional courses are available at the more senior levels, for people who are interested in this type of work. Post-graduate certificates and diplomas in advanced auditing are widely available from colleges and universities.
The admissions qualifications for these types of programs are typically based on a combination of academic achievement and personal references. Auditing work is very detailed, and people who are the most successful in this field are very detail-oriented. Letters of reference can be from former teachers, community leaders, or employers.
Audit training seminars are available through professional accounting associations, as well as through quality assurance and information technology associations. Look for a booth or session at your next professional conference. These seminars are often quite focused on a particular topic within the field of auditing. Review the seminar description to ensure that it meets your needs and that you have sufficient background in this field to be able to follow the discussion.
Each industry has its own unique risks and concerns. Industry-specific audit training is often provided by industry associations or at regular conferences. It is important to note that the purpose of audit training is to help staff members understand the function of an auditor and the valuable role they play in reducing risk and ensuring compliance. Take the time to review the details of the next audit training seminar, as it may provide you with useful insights.
The field of auditing has been around for a very long time. There is a vast array of published materials on the subject. Look at books, journals, course notes, and other resources to learn more about this discipline. Anyone who takes the time to read these materials will learn a significant amount about auditing and the techniques commonly used.
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