Internal Auditor Training in the Era of COVID-19

Over the past few months, the landscape for professional training has drastically changed. Due to travel restrictions and concerns over social distancing, the ACUIA was forced to cancel its 30th anniversary conference in lieu of a pared-down virtual conference. NACUSAC has also canceled its annual conference and gone virtual, and the IIA postponed its annual conference and changed locations. This has many auditors wondering where they will get the CPE hours they need to maintain their certifications, learn more about the industry, and expand their knowledge base.

At The Audit Library, we value quality training and want to provide you with an outline of some options for where you can meet your needs at this challenging time. Please note that the information in this article is purely provided as a resource to our readers. The Audit Library does not receive any compensation from any organization mentioned in this article. We want to help you grow professionally and get the training you need!

ACUIA

The Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors has been an invaluable resource for the Credit Union movement for the past 30 years. Although the in-person 30th anniversary conference was canceled this year, ACUIA is offering a virtual conference free to all of its members. Twelve CPE credits will be available if you attend all webinars in the virtual conference.  

Additionally, the ACUIA also has a very active regional and chapter presence. Many chapters are holding virtual meetings over the next few months that will serve as a time for training and some much-needed networking. The Audit Library is excited to give several virtual presentations for ACUIA chapter meetings in the upcoming months. If you are an ACUIA member, email your chapter coordinator to find out more information about the wonderful offerings they have planned. 

One great resource the ACUIA provides is access to a group of Credit Union Internal Auditors who you can network with and bounce ideas off of. Although we will not be able to meet with this group in person this year, with your membership to the ACUIA, you gain access to their online forum where auditors can ask and answer questions of their peers. In my opinion, an ACUIA membership is one of the best values for  Credit Union Internal Auditors (besides a subscription to The Audit Library, of course).

Gold SRD

Gold SRD has a team of trainers with extensive experience specializing in Internal Audit. Their founder, Danny Goldberg is a CPA, CIA, CISA, and CGEIT, just to name a few of his many certifications. He is also a published author and regularly speaks around the country. 

Gold SRD has several virtual seminars coming up, all offering 7-14 CPE credits. With topics ranging from Project Management for Internal Auditors, to Audit Manager Bootcamp, to Audit Report Writing, they have many courses to fulfill your training needs. GOLD SRD is also providing The Audit Library subscribers a special discount! Our subscribers will receive $25 per person off the list price of the virtual seminars offered in May or June. For the special rate, just email inquiry@goldsrd.com directly. 

Linda Lafortune

Are you looking to strengthen your leadership skills or become better at dealing with change? Linda Lafortune has 25 years of Credit Union experience and is a national trainer offering customizable courses for you and your team. She regularly speaks on topics important to Internal Auditors ranging from leadership development to effective teamwork to conflict resolution. Both Olivia and I have benefited from her wonderful training in the past. 

The IIA

The IIA has rescheduled its International Conference to November 2-4 in Miami, Florida. Although there are still many unknowns about what the landscape of health and safety will look like in November, the IIA is “committed to working with hotel and local officials to create a safe environment for all attendees…”. The conference offers a total of 17.7 CPE credits. 

The IIA also offers many webinars free to its members as well as OnDemand classes. Additionally, the CIA certification process provides an excellent source of training many find essential!

Internal Audit 360°

Internal Audit 360° is a great resource for Internal Auditors across all industries. With up-to-date blog posts about the ever-changing world of Internal Audit, the Journal of Internal Audit, and training courses, IA360° has many ways for you to get the information you need. Through their partners at cRisk Academy, they offer courses in risk-based auditing, agile auditing, and ethics for internal auditors. See their training/CPE page for more details.

Conclusion

Whichever training option you choose, we encourage you to make the most of it by being an active participant. Remember, training may be necessary to earn some much-needed CPE credits, but it also helps us all learn, grow, and become even better auditors. 

What are you doing to meet your training needs this year? How have your plans changed? Share below in the comments!

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  1. Thank you for all of these recommendations! Since the current environment has forced many of us auditors to take a few steps back from the active audit role, now is the perfect time to brush up on training. Thank you John & Olivia!

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