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IA Module 2: Strategic Roles, Positioning, and Attributes of High Impact Audit Groups


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9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CPE Credits



PICPA Member: $139 | Nonmember: $189

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Experience in accounting and attestation
This webinar is hosted by PICPA's partner, Surgent CPE. After registering, you will receive an email from Surgent CPE with the log-in information.


A highly effective internal audit group’s value to an organization is directly related to its independence and competence in fulfilling its charter.To function optimally, an internal audit group needs unrestricted access to the subject matter it is reviewing, a clear reporting path to an independent overseer, and must possess the essential skills and capabilities required of this ever demanding and evolving profession. In this course, we’ll review the optimal structure(s) of high performance internal audit departments, including the major roles and responsibilities of the group and its key members, as well as, its critical reporting authority within an organization. The course will also address how an internal audit group’s charter, other governing documents, and practices, define the nature of its value adding services, and establish a sound administrative framework to support its ongoing functional activities and growth, including but not limited to, all level personnel training and development.


  • Understand the concepts of independence and objectivity and their practical application from both an internal audit organizational and individual level(s)
  • Identify organizational reporting structures that support internal audit independence
  • Emphasize the range of value-added services that a high impact internal audit group provides
  • Recall key internal audit group roles and responsibilities
  • Identify key elements of effective internal audit group governance and documentation

  • Speaker(s)

    James D. Hallinan, CPA, CIA, CFSA, CBA

    James Hallinan is an independent business consultant specializing in internal audit: risk management, control and governance related review services; training and development; and quality assessment. He has over 25 years of diversified corporate/ bank internal audit and related independent business consulting experience. He is well versed in virtually all major aspects of internal audit, risk/ control, and governance related engagements for community (and larger) banks, including (but not limited to): leading internal audit outsourcing programs; FDICIA and Sarbanes-Oxley internal control related design/ documentation and operating level effectiveness assessment projects; sensitive Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering independent audits; high risk funds transfer operational reviews; and annual independent ALM/ IRR internal control reviews.


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