Course Description:

This GRC Professional Seminar will teach you how to efficiently design and enhance GRC activities within your organization based on established GRC standards and an internationally recognized framework. This program will enhance your credentials by helping you qualify for the GRC Professional certification exam, offered by GRC Certify.

Through lectures, practical group interaction, discussions, and exercises, participants will learn to:

  • Define a GRC strategy
  • Integrate and improve corporate performance, and risk and compliance programs
  • Strengthen core business processes
  • Improve the use of technology to support the integrated governance, management and assurance of performance, risk and compliance

The GRC Professional seminar is an approved OCEG seminar.

This seminar prepares individuals to pass the GRC Professional certification exam, offered by GRC Certify, an OCEG affiliated organization. Training will be delivered by an approved OCEG training partner Jason Mefford (an OCEG Fellow and approved OCEG training partner).

The objective of the seminar is to furnish attendees with skills and resources needed to help organizations improve their GRC capability by implementing the publicly vetted open source standards set out in OCEG’s GRC Capability Model. Some of the primary topics covered during the three days will be:

  • What is GRC, how it came to be and why is it important
  • Available GRC resources and certifications
  • OCEG GRC Capability Model
  • How to coordinate the GRC capability in an organization
  • How to develop a strategic plan for GRC

Here’s how the seminar can make a difference:

Individual Benefits

Organizational Benefits

  • Differentiate yourself from the competition
  • Become a sought after expert in GRC and gain an advantage in the competitive job market
  • Increase your potential earnings
  • Knowledge to successfully undertake the GRC Professional (GRCP) certification exam and become a recognized GRC professional
  • Raise the GRC bar and boost stakeholder confidence
  • Meet legal/regulatory compliance obligations effectively
  • Improve responsiveness, efficiency and strategic business decisions
  • Protect and enhance your brand and avoid fines, penalties and reputation damage
  • Demonstrate GRC implementation, auditing and consulting expertise
  • Differentiate from your market competitors
  • Increase the value of your GRC capability

Learning Objectives:

  • How to identify and coordinate the various GRC activities within an organization
  • The tools and resources available to GRC professionals
  • How to tailor the GRC concepts to develop and integrate GRC capability in your organization
  • How to apply the OCEG GRC Capability Model to your organization
  • The necessary knowledge to successfully undertake the GRC Professional (GRCP) exam and become a certified GRC professional
  • How GRC is much more than a technology solution and how you can use technology in your GRC efforts
  • How to develop a GRC strategic plan
  • How to align risk and compliance in context of the organization
  • Understand, define, and enhance organizational culture as it relates to performance, risk, and compliance
  • Implement effective, efficient and agile GRC processes using the OCEG GRC Capability Model
  • Motivate and inspire desired conduct through the concept of Principled Performance
  • Develop ongoing monitoring and continuous improvement of GRC activities through metrics and measurement

Who Will Benefit:

All professionals who want to expand their knowledge of governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) or are considering a GRC Professional certification will benefit from the seminar. This includes:

  • Legal professionals
  • Compliance and risk management staff
  • Finance and internal audit personnel
  • Executives, managers and key staff in all GRC roles
  • Employees of technology providers and professional service firms who must understand the issues and approaches to GRC challenges faced by organizations they seek to serve

Passing criteria for OCEG certificate-

Participants must get 70% of the questions correct to pass.

Note: Each participant will need to bring their laptop and have internet access in the training room to sit for the exam. Speaker will walk everyone through the setup process, apply the applicable coupon code and then have them sit for the exam. If anyone doesn’t pass the exam during the training, they can re-sit for the exam for free within 90 days.

Course Outline:

Day 1 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM) Day 2 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration
  • 9:00 AM: Session Start Time
  1. Introduction
    1. Daily logistics
    2. Introduction to OCEG (timeline, membership, certifications)
  2. Principled Performance Module
    1. Business context and need for GRC
    2. Introduction to OCEG tools
  3. GRC Capability Framework Modules
    1. Definitions
    2. Principles
    3. Success factors
    4. Practices
    5. Exercises
    6. Takeaways for each module
  4. Proactive Actions and Controls
    1. Codes of conduct
    2. Policies
    3. Education
    4. Incentives
    5. Stakeholder relations
    6. Risk financing
  5. Detective Actions and Controls
    1. Notification
    2. Inquiry
  6. Responsive Actions and Controls
    1. Internal investigation
    2. Third party investigation
    3. Crisis response
    4. Remediation
    5. Rewards
  1. Measure Module
    1. Context monitoring
    2. Performance monitoring
    3. Systematic improvement
    4. Assurance
  2. Interact Module
    1. Information management and documentation
    2. Internal and external communication
    3. Technology and infrastructure
  3. GRC Strategy Module
    1. Elements of a GRC strategic plan
    2. Current state to desired state
    3. Business case for integrated GRC
    4. Degrees of integration
  4. GRCP Preparation Module
    1. GRCP exam areas
    2. Exam resources (Login details)
    3. Sample GRCP exam questions
  5. Wrap-up Module
    1. OCEG membership
    2. OCEG tools and resources
    3. GRC fundamentals on-demand training
    4. Conclusion
  6. GRC Professional Exam
    1. Interactive session and information on exam, membership and certificates

Meet Your Instructor

Jason Mefford
President, Mefford Associates

Jason Mefford is an internationally acclaimed trainer and business coach. He specializes on ethics, corporate governance, risk management, compliance, GRC and internal audit topics. He is currently the president of Mefford Associates, a professional training, coaching and boutique advisory firm.

Mr. Mefford has served two multi-billion dollar manufacturing companies in different capacities as a chief audit executive, chief ethics and compliance officer, and as a chief risk officer. These roles included being in charge of information security. Prior to that, he was a manager at both Arthur Andersen and KPMG, performing internal and external audits and advisory services for clients in various industries. He also served as a national instructor in both firms.
Mr. Mefford is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Professional (GRCP), GRC Auditor (GRCA), Certified Risk Based Auditor (CRBA), Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA).

He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and has been an active IIA volunteer serving at the local and international level. He is currently an OCEG Fellow with the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG) a nonprofit think tank that uniquely helps organizations drive Principled Performance® by enhancing corporate culture and integrating governance, risk management, and compliance processes. He is also the managing director of GRC Certify, the certification body for OCEG.

He has been recognized by Yale University as a rising star in corporate governance, and was a finalist for the Corporate Secretary Magazine’s Rising Star in Corporate Governance award.

Mr. Mefford is a graduate of Boise State University (BBA, Accountancy) and the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business (MBA).

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