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Internal Audit and especially the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) are expected to be the "independent ear" on the business for the audit committee.  Yet, any organizations have difficulty accepting that role.

As a past CAE, I have experienced both success and failure working with the audit committee, and in each situation I took away critical learnings.  This course shares the important lessons learned to assist internal audit in developing strong and lasting relationships with critical stakeholders.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the top 5 Lessons learned when dealing with the audit committee
  • Recognize keys to building effective communications with the committee
  • Explore how to gain the confidence of the audit committee
  • Explore how to balance management concerns with audit committee relationships 
Last updated/reviewed: November 24, 2019

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

19 CoursesInternal Controls Certification

  1. Management Internal Control Essentials
  2. COSO 2013 Overview
  3. Internal Audit Standards Overview
  4. Internal Audit Standards - Managing Internal Audit Work
  5. Internal Audit Standards - Executing the Audit Engagement
  6. Identifying and Implementing the Proper Balance of Internal Controls
  7. Documentation Methods For Internal Control Processes
  8. Information Technology (IT) Risks in Emerging Business Environments
  9. Foundations for a Strong Internal Audit Department
  10. Internal Audit: Keys to Managing an Effective Function
  11. Internal Audit Effective Relations with the Audit Committee
  12. Understanding Risk-Based Auditing
  13. Risk Based Auditing – Establishing a Methodology
  14. Risk Based Auditing – Applying the Methodology
  15. Segregation of Duties for Core Business Processes
  16. Professional Skepticism - Keys to Maintaining
  17. Whistleblower Hotlines - Effective Management
  18. Tools for Internal Control Certificate
  19. Lessons of an Auditor- Tools for Internal Control Certificate

10 Reviews (44 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
Helpful information was presented in this course, it serves as an informative guide to put a "best foot forward" in regards to developing a relationship with the audit committee. I would reccommend this course to internal audit management/leadership interesting in better understanding the relationship between Internal Audit and the Audit Committe.
Member's Profile
Excellent training like all her trainings. Very practical and useful for us, auditors. I have to say that questions were confusing I do not know if these were confusing on purpose or because there was no other way of writing these. Overall an excellent presentation.
Anonymous Author
One more awesome course from Lynn and one step closer to my Internal Control Certification. The content of this course is very unique in my opinion and can be developed only by very experienced professional with many references to real life examples. Thank you Lynn!
Anonymous Author
The course was very informative and effectively explained the importance of building effective relationships with the Audit Committee. Great course for anyone in the internal audit field.
Anonymous Author
Most of the material was repetitive, but still relevant. Distracting errors in the presentation. A large portion of this lesson was presented as questions
Anonymous Author
These trainings are very helpful. Great quick guide on how to build stronger relationships with the audit committee
Anonymous Author
This course is a nice breakdown of how to build effective relationships with your companies Audit Committee.
Member's Profile
Good presentation on how to gain confidence of the Audit Committee.
Anonymous Author
It was a very good course
Member's Profile
Very helpful


Course Complexity: Advanced

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  7:18Introduction to Building Effective Relationships with the Audit Committee
Top Lessons of Internal Audit
  7:29Lesson 1 IA Standards
  10:23Lesson 2 The Perceived Role of IA
  6:37Lesson 2 (Continued)
  11:38Lesson 3 Telling vs. Asking
  3:19Lesson 4 Charters
  3:44Lesson 5 Reporting Methods
Communication and Confidence
  8:13Keys to Communication
  6:02Gaining AC Confidence
  8:19Balancing Management Concerns
Continuous Play
  1:13:12Internal Audit: Keys to Building Effective Relationships with the Audit Committee
  PDFSlides: Internal Audit
  PDFInternal Audit Glossary/Index