Creating Wonderful Workpapers - How to create good audit working papers

Auditors perform projects to evaluate an organization's operations.

As with any evaluation, there has to be sufficient documentation to support the conclusions. For auditors,the evaluation(s) and feedback are documented in workpapers.

Wonderful Workpapers allow auditors to complete projects swiftly and efficiently. Bad workpapers leave you bogged down in audits that are not focused on the right things, take too
long to complete, and are inconsistent with expectations.

In this session, we will discuss how to create wonderful workpapers.

  • First, I'll tell you my personal workpaper revelation.
  • Next, we’ll explore the purpose of workpapers and the types of workpapers.
  • Then, we’ll discuss key workpaper characteristics and essential elements.
  • Finally, we’ll end by discussing workpaper organization, relevancy, accuracy, and completeness.

Course Syllabus

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the power of proper workpapers
  • Identify the purpose of workpapers
  • Discover the types of workpapers
  • Identify the key characteristics of workpapers
  • Identify the essential elements all workpapers should possess
  • Build organized workpaper packages
  • Explore what makes workpapers relevant, accurate and complete

Who Should Attend

  • Internal Auditors with 0 to 3 years of experience
  • Internal Auditors with 3 to 7 years of experience
  • Internal Auditors with 7+ years of experience
  • Internal Auditors of any level
  • Compliance professionals
  • CPAs and Chartered Accountants

Program Duration(s)

This session is available in 4 and 8 hour increments. Below is the program/course outline. The level of depth and detail for each topic area varies depending on the total program duration.

Field of Study


  • Auditing
  • Auditing (Governmental)


  • The workpaper revelation
  • The purpose of workpapers
  • Key workpaper characteristics
  • Types of workpapers
  • Key workpaper characteristics
  • Workpaper flow
  • Let's talk tickmarks
  • Questions to consider to complete your workpapers

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