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Preparing for an external quality assessment

Presented by James Paterson


We know what the IIA standards say, but how do we put these into practice, so that we can pass an EQA? Understand the common blind-spots around EQAs and the practical things you can do to ensure you are on top of things, without being burdened by excessive bureaucracy. We will discuss “war stories” around selecting and managing EQA providers and also how best to manage the EQA process. As we will discover, it’s not by accident that EQAs can trigger the outsourcing of the IA team or a change in the HIA.  

Who should attend?

Experienced auditors or more senior audit managers/heads of audit who play a role in ensuring that the audit department receives a satisfactory external quality assessment. 

What will I learn?

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • reflect on the up-dated IIA IPPF 2017- what does “insightful, proactive and future focussed” really mean?
  • understand how an EQA process works
  • learn how best to select your EQA provider, “war stories” and pitfalls to be managed
  • understand key areas that an EQA often finds
  • understand good practices around an ongoing quality assurance and improvement programme and how to leverage what you are currently doing to get the credit you deserve
  • consider the status of your own internal audit team and develop priority areas for further work.

CPE competency areas covered

  • Professionalism
  • Performance (Organisational governance | Risk management | Internal control)
  • Leadership and communication (Audit plan and coordinating assurance efforts | Quality assurance and improvement program)

7 CPE points

Full price

Member: £625 + VAT
Non-member: £840 + VAT

SAVE 20% by undertaking this course virtually



20 September 2021




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Non member £672.00 ex. VAT
Member £500.00 ex. VAT

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