Diploma in management practice - audit skills

New skills for the modern auditor

About the programme

The changing nature of service provision in public services will require auditors to update their knowledge and skills to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities.

The ways in which public bodies now procure services and manage contracts; the development of partnership working and sharing services and the embedding of risk management in public sector governance require the modern auditor to develop their skills to effectively audit these new arrangements.

CIPFA has developed a new programme of training to prepare professional auditors (financial and organisational) to effectively audit the service delivery in this changing landscape.

What will I learn?

Accredited by CIPFA, this programme helps you develop new skills for the modern audit function by providing you with:

  • Practical guidance for undertaking reviews by highlighting the key issues
  • The basis of audit programmes to be used when auditors return to base
  • A number of areas of good practice enabling you to substantiate whether your organisation is getting the best value for money
  • The skills and knowledge to encourage improvements in delivery and reduce costs

Who is the course aimed at?

This programme is aimed at auditors working in or with public sector organisations who need to enhance or develop their current skills and knowledge in a changing public service landscape.


  • Delivering Modern Internal Audit Services (one day)
  • Auditing Procurement (Two Days)
  • Auditing Contract Management (two days)
  • Auditing Ethics and Culture (one day)
  • Auditing Shared Services and Partnerships (two days)
  • Auditing Risk Management (one day)


Participants are required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence that records evidence of learning during each module and aspects of work which substantiate their ability to undertake specific tasks, and a work-based project.

On successful completion, participants will be awarded the Diploma in Management Practice (Audit Skills), equivalent to RQF Level 4, and be entitled to apply for CIPFA Affiliate status.

When and where?

This accredited programme is offered both in-house and at locations across the UK.

For more information about running it at your location, please contact the training team on 020 7543 5600 or by email to customerservices@cipfa.org.

For date and location details, please search our accredited training calendar.

If no dates are currently scheduled, please contact customerservices@cipfa.org to discuss future dates or having the course delivered in-house.


The cost of attending the full programme is £2,690, including registration, assessment and certification.


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