"Risk Based Internal Auditing (RBIA)" - This course is approved by NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy). Seminar attendees are eligible for 20 CPE credits upon completion of training.

Course Description:

The Institute of Internal Auditors defines Risk Based Internal Auditing (RBIA) as a methodology that links internal auditing to an organization’s overall risk management framework. RBIA allows internal audit to provide assurance to the board that risk management processes are managing risks effectively, in relation to the risk appetite.

But every organization is different. There are different attitudes to risk, different management and organizational structures, different processes and procedures, and the need to subscribe to and comply with different conventions and regulations. Experienced internal auditors need to adapt these ideas to the structures, processes and language of their organization in order to implement RBIA.

Implemented correctly, RBIA offers tremendous advantages to the organization. RBIA allows internal audit to provide the Board of Directors with the assurance that it needs on three areas:

  • Risk management processes - their design and how well they are working
  • Management of those risks classified as 'key' - including the effectiveness of the controls and other responses to them
  • Complete, accurate and appropriate reporting and classification of risks

This intensive 2-day course is all about RBIA, what it is, how it differs from the conventional internal audit and most importantly of all how it may be planned and implemented within the organization.

Event Tags: Risk Based Internal Auditing, Expectations Gap, Risk Heat Map, Business Risks, COSO, ERM, RBIA, Operational Risk, SWOT, BPEST, FEMA, Risk Matrix, Risk Register, and more...

Learning Objectives:

By using the RBIA approach, the organization’s internal audit should be able to conclude that:

  • Management has identified, assessed and responded to risks within and beyond the organization’s risk appetite
  • That the responses to risks are effective but not excessive in managing inherent risks within this risk appetite
  • Where residual risks are not in line with the risk appetite, action is being taken to remedy this
  • Risk management processes, including the effectiveness of responses and the completion of actions, are being monitored by management to ensure they continue to operate effectively
  • Risks, responses and actions are being properly classified and reported.

Who will Benefit:

This practical hands-on training course is designed for professionals from industry, financial institutions and risk intensive organizations. The following job titles/ positions will benefit from attending:

  • Board members, especially risk and audit committee chairs and members
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • Heads of market, credit, and operational risk
  • Head of Risk Management
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Audit Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Actuaries
  • Treasurers
  • Auditors (External & Internal)
  • Bank regulators and examiners
  • Risk management consultants

We are registered with and adhere to the Statement on Standards for Continuing Professional Education programs of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. Our registration number is 109066. Please check with the governing body of your license and state for specific CPE requirements. Grievances may be forwarded to the company at 650 620 3961. Grievances may also be forwarded to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors-NASBA, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417, 615-880-4200,, e-mail

Field of Study:
  • Auditing: 6 CPE Credits
  • Specialized Knowledge and Applications: 5 CPE Credits
  • Communications: 2.5 CPE Credits
  • Behavioral Ethics: 2.5 CPE Credits
  • Business Management and Organization: 2 CPE Credits
  • Management Advisory Services: 2 CPE Credits
  • Total CPE credits earned in this seminar: 20 CPE Credits

Program Delivery Method: Group-Live
Program Level: Intermediate
Advance Preparation/Program Prerequisites: Experience in Traditional Auditing

Course Outline:

Day One (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM) Day Two (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)

  • Registration Process: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Session Start: 9:00 AM
  • What is Risk Based Internal Auditing?
    • An introduction to Risk Based Internal Auditing
    • Traditional Approach versus Risk Based internal approach
    • Stages of Risk Based Internal Auditing
    • Measuring the effectiveness of Risk Based Internal Auditing
  • Risk Based Internal Auditing – Background
    • Rationale behind Risk Based Internal Auditing
    • Internal Audit – Definitions, Objectives & Scope
    • The “Expectations Gap”
    • The RISK BASED Internal Audit
    • Comparison to the traditional approach
  • Risk Management Understanding Risk
    • The meaning of risk
    • The attributes of risk – Likelihood & Consequence
    • The Risk Heat Map
    • Audit risk
    • Business risks – classification, internal & external, controllable & non-controllable
    • The COSO risk management framework
  • Understanding COSO
    • COSO — An Integrated Risk Management Framework
    • The COSO ERM Framework
    • COSO in Finer Detail
    • Updates to COSO
  • Basic concepts of risk management
    • Risk capacity, risk appetite, risk response
    • Inherent & residual risk
    • Entity risk assessment & Business process risk assessment
    • Significant risk
    • Risk register
  • ERM – Enterprise Wide Risk Management
    • ERM and the Board of Directors
    • What is covered under ERM
  • Risk Maturity
    • What is risk maturity
    • Why it is important
    • Risk maturity levels
    • Scorecard for assessing risk maturity
    • Analyzing the risk maturity results
  • Using a Risk Based Internal Audit (RBIA) Methodology
    • Audit is of management of risks and not of risk
    • Key reporting areas in the management of risks
    • Documenting Board assurance requirements and risk appetite
    • Audit strategy & risk maturity
    • Selecting individual risks to audit
    • Frequency of coverage
    • Including the Risks into an Audit Assignment
    • Importance of selecting the right auditable unit

  • Stages of RBIA
    • Assessing risk maturity
    • Preparing the audit plan
    • Conducting the assurance audit
    • Reporting to the appropriate level
  • Model Process for Assessing & Evaluating Risks
    • Risk assessment steps
    • Risk assessment tools
    • Risk identification
    • Business Activities that are Sources of Risk
    • Operational Risk and its categories
    • Risk identification methods
    • Industry risk models
    • Choosing which methods to use
    • Typical risk areas
    • Risk estimation (Risk measurement/ Risk scoring)
    • Risk evaluation
    • Risk Heat map & Actions Needed
    • Using risk scores
  • Risk Assessment Tools
    • Market survey
    • Dependency modeling
    • SWOT analyses
    • Event tree analysis
    • BPEST (Business, Political, Economical, Social & Technological)
    • Fault tree analysis (Root Cause Analysis)
    • FEMA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis)
  • Internal Audit Process
  • In this section the instructor will cover the complete Internal Audit Process through with the RBIA methodology is carried out in a consistent manner. This covers the need for the Internal Auditor to become acquainted with the business and the industry allowing him to assess the risk maturity which determines his/her ability to provide the PBIA assurance and to review the risk assessment done by management and the her/his conclusion whether this risk register may be relied upon.

    The process covered includes;

    • Strategic analysis
    • Enterprise risk assessment
    • Internal Audit Plan development
    • What Risks to Audit – An Alternative Approach
    • Internal Audit execution
    • The Process Risk Matrix
    • Reporting
    • Issue Resolution tracking
  • Case Study - How the RBIA methodology is applied.
  • This is an illustrative case study showing how the RBIA methodology is applied in a real world environment.

  • Comparing the Two Methodologies
  • The speaker will compare RBIA methodology to the regular audit methodology. These methodologies will be examine in terms of;

    • Managing risk
    • Setting responsibility for risk management, and
    • Usefulness to the Board of Directors
  • Risk Registers
  • The speaker will examine and discuss examples of the RBIA documentation form the case study including;

    • Risk Register,
    • Audit Procedures and
    • Transaction Files.
  • Closing Discussion - Difficulties facing the Internal Auditor
  • The instructor will examine and discuss some of the pitfalls that the Internal Auditor may face in his/her assignment and some potential solutions.

Meet Your Instructor

Richard Barr
Operational Risk & Back Office Specialist

Richard Barr , holds a B.S. in International Business Administration from San Jose State University in California. His professional experience spans over 23 years, 5 of which were spent with Wells Fargo Bank. Another 5 were spent honing his global banking skills, when Richard was intimately involved with International Trade Finance, Real Time Gross Settlement and Cross Border Banking. The past 14 years have been in the private and high-tech sectors providing high-level consulting services, business analysis, project management and training to a wide range of banking clientele across the globe.

Richard has also filled the role of advisor to central banks on payment systems and technical payments issues. Furthermore, key staff members from the Bank of England, South African Reserve Bank, Central Bank of Ireland, Bank Indonesia, European Central Bank and Bank of Portugal have attended training sessions presented by Richard.

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Seminar was very helpful. Good that ComplianceOnline conducted this seminar. Richard is very knowledgeable about risk and audit. The topics were clearly communicated and understood. Elements of RBIA and risk registries development topics were most valuable to me. Since this is a crucial exercise specially if there are no risk registries available in the organization. Participants were from different countries and different industries, thus informal conversations with them were very knowledgeable.
- Internal Auditor, Oman Insurance Co

Seminar was well organized and coordinated by ComplianceOnline. Support material was very useful. I would strongly recommend this conference to others.
- Head of Internal Audit, Solidere.Com

The seminar was very good at linking theory and practical scenarios. Richard was very accessible and excellent. Informal conversation with other attendees was very useful.
- QA Manager, Hamad Medical Co-operation

The seminar was well organized by ComplianceOnline. Richard is very knowledgeable. All the topics were valuable.
- Sr Consultant, Hamad Medical Corporation

I enjoyed the seminar. It was training worth the money. Richard is very knowledgeable. Support material provided was very useful.
- Internal Auditor, Rubaiyat Company for Industry and Trade Ltd.

It was very interactive seminar. Richard is a very good speaker having a excellent knowledge about the subject and experience in the field.
- Group Internal Audit Manager, Global Source Trading LLC

Seminar was well presented. Speaker is very knowledgeable. I liked sharing the experience with other colleagues.
- Quality Coordinator, Hamad Medical Co-operation

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