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Best Practices: Audit Committee

Best Practices: Audit Committee

Best Practices for Effective Audit Committees: Strengthening Organizational Oversight


As an Audit Committee, how can you fulfill your duty to safeguard your organization against risks?


This comprehensive two-hour CPE training seminar is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of audit committee responsibilities and equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective audit committee member.


Through this program, you will gain valuable insights into best practices across major fiduciary oversight areas specific to audit committees. Whether you are a director, an audit committee member, or an advisor to audit committees, this CPE program will help you grasp the full impact of recent and forthcoming legislation arising from the economic crisis. You will also learn about the expectations placed on audit committees in the current business landscape.


Tailored to meet the CPE education needs of senior officers, board members, and audit committee members, this seminar can be customized for private presentations to your audit committee, incorporating industry-specific examples. Our expert facilitators have delivered this program successfully across various sectors, including healthcare, banking, casinos, retail, insurance, and non-profit organizations.


Key topics covered in the Audit Committee Seminar include:

  • A comprehensive overview of audit committee responsibilities
  • Understanding and implementing best practices in fiduciary oversight areas
  • Navigating the impact of recent and pending legislation on audit committees
  • Adapting to the evolving expectations in the current business environment


This internal control training course will provide each attendee with 2 CPE Event Hours (YB) and you will receive a certificate of completion, affirming your enhanced expertise in audit committee best practices.


Join us to strengthen your organization's oversight capabilities, protect against risks, and fulfill your audit committee's crucial role. Register now to secure your spot in this insightful and informative seminar.

  • Details on Event Presentation

    Offered every six weeks on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time in two CPE-Credit event.

    We can schedule private events on your timetable for two or more attendees.

  • CPE Event Highlights

    The purpose of this seminar is to provide each attendee with a high-level understanding of the Audit Committee's major fiduciary oversight and responsibilities concerning:

    • Financial Closing and Reporting Process

    • Risk Management Process

    • Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR)

    • External Auditor Services

    • External Accounting and Internal Audit Services

    • Key Governance Controls

    • Alternative Communication Controls

    • Special Investigations

    • Audit Committee Management and Reporting Responsibilities


    Best Practices for the Audit Committee was developed from numerous sources of authoritative information on the function. Please refer to the following webpage for a summary of these sources

  • Learning Objectives

    What you will hear at this seminar is:

    • The most important recent developments for audit committees

    • The governance role of the Audit Committee

    • Effective oversight of Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR)

    • Effective oversight of the external auditor

    • External Accounting and Internal Audit Services

    • Key Governance Controls

    • Alternative Communication Controls

    • Special Investigations

    • Audit Committee Management and Reporting Responsibilities

  • Key Issues on the Agenda


    Section 1 - What defines an audit committee?

    • What is an audit committee?

    • Boards and sub-committees

    • Audit committee charter

    • Good corporate governance

    Section 2 - The Influence of an Audit Committee

    • Audit committee responsibilities

    • Attributes of audit committee directors

    Section 3 - Audit Committee Challenges

    • The "Enron" approach

    • Dependence on expertise and integrity

    • Quality of auditor services

    • Compliance programs

    Section 4 - Risk, Fraud and Internal Control

    • Does the organization have weak controls?

    • Tone at the top

    • What is internal control?

    • COSO 2013

    • Financial statement risk

    • "Risk Management"

    Section 5 - Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

    • Sarbanes-Oxley Act

    • Public Company Accounting Oversite Board (PCAOB)

    • Management's certifications

    Section 6 - Financial Statement Review
    Building knowledge
    "Materiality" and "Misstatements"
    Financial statement estimates

    Section 7 - Managing the Relationship with Auditors
    - PCAOB Auditing Standard # 16
    - Management vs. auditor responsibilities
    - Evaluating auditor capabilities
    - Why require Internal Audit?
    - What Should an Internal Auditor Do?

    Section 8 - Compliance and Ethics
    - Responsibilities for ethical behavior
    - "Culture of Compliance"

    Section 9 - Audit Committee Reports and Assessments
    - Audit committee self-assessment

    Section 10 - Going Forward

  • NASBA Program Disclosure

    Program Level of Understanding: Basic

    Prerequisites: None

    Advance Preparation: None

    Delivery Format: Group Internet Based

    NASBA Field(s) of Study: Auditing

    CPE Credits: 2, based on 50 minutes of instruction per hour

  • Summary of the Subject Matter

    The CPE event "Best Practices: Audit Committee - In-person" focuses on providing comprehensive insights into the best practices for conducting in-person audit committee meetings. The event delves into the key considerations and protocols essential for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of audit committee meetings within organizations.

    Key topics covered in this event may include:

    • Meeting Agenda Design: Guidance on structuring a well-defined meeting agenda, emphasizing crucial areas of discussion and decision-making within the audit committee's purview.

    • Risk Assessment and Oversight: Insight into the best practices for risk assessment and oversight, enabling the audit committee to fulfill its crucial function in mitigating organizational risks.

    • Financial Reporting and Compliance Updates: Updates on financial reporting requirements and compliance standards, equipping committee members with the latest industry knowledge.

    • Internal Controls Evaluation: Best practices for evaluating internal controls, ensuring robust governance and risk management frameworks.

    • Communication and Collaboration: Strategies for fostering effective communication and collaboration among audit committee members, management, and external auditors.

    By addressing these critical aspects, the CPE event aims to empower audit committee members with the knowledge and tools necessary to fulfill their responsibilities effectively, ultimately contributing to improved governance and risk management within their organizations.

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