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CIA Exam Preparation Course – Part 3 (CIAEP3) 28 Sep -01 Oct 2020 (ONLINE)
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 Export to Your Calendar 2020/09/28 to 2020/10/01
When: 28 Sep - 01 Oct 2020
8:30 AM
Where: Online Via Zoom
South Africa
Presenter: Prozilog
Contact: Project Coordinator: CPD and Events
011 615 0355

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Course Name:

CIA Exam Preparation Course – Part 3 (CIAEP3)


4 Days – 8 x 4 Hour Online Sessions

CPD Hours:



ex VAT

incl VAT



R 9 676.00

R 11 232.05



R 11 879.00

R 13 660.85

Course Objectives:

The IIA’s CIA Learning System is a CIA review course designed to meet the unique needs of busy internal audit professionals. Developed under the guidance of CIA-certified subject matter experts, this program will provide you with the tools necessary to successfully prepare for the CIA exam in the time frame and learning format that best suits you.


Course Content:

I. Business Acumen

  1. Organizational Objectives, Behaviour, and Performance
  • Describe the strategic planning process and key activities (objective setting, globalization and competitive considerations, alignment to the organization’s mission and values, etc.)
  • Examine common performance measures (financial, operational, qualitative vs. quantitative, productivity, quality, efficiency, effectiveness, etc.)
  • Explain organizational behaviour (individuals in organizations, groups, and how organizations behave, etc.) and different performance management techniques (traits, organizational politics, motivation, job design, rewards, work schedules, etc.)
  • Describe management’s effectiveness to lead, mentor, guide people, build organizational commitment, and demonstrate entrepreneurial ability


    1. Organizational Structure and Business Processes
      • Appraise the risk and control implications of different organizational configuration structures (centralized vs. decentralized, flat structure vs. traditional, etc.)
  • Examine the risk and control implications of common business processes (human resources, procurement, product development, sales, marketing, logistics, management of outsourced processes, etc.)
  • Identify project management techniques (project plan and scope, time/team/resources/cost management, change management, etc.)
  • Recognize the various forms and elements of contracts (formality, consideration, unilateral, bilateral, etc.)


    1. Data Analytics
  • Describe data analytics, data types, data governance, and the value of using data analytics in internal auditing
  • Explain the data analytics process (define questions, obtain relevant data, clean/normalize data, analyse data, communicate results)
    • Recognize the application of data analytics methods in internal auditing (anomaly detection, diagnostic analysis, predictive analysis, network analysis, text analysis, etc.)


    II. Information Security

    1. Information Security
  • Differentiate types of common physical security controls (cards, keys, biometrics, etc.)
  • Differentiate the various forms of user authentication and authorization controls (password, two-level authentication, biometrics, digital signatures, etc.) and identify potential risks
  • Explain the purpose and use of various information security controls (encryption, firewalls, antivirus, etc.)
  • Recognize data privacy laws and their potential impact on data security policies and practices
  • Recognize emerging technology practices and their impact on security (bring your own device [BYOD], smart devices, internet of things [IoT], etc.)
  • Recognize existing and emerging cybersecurity risks (hacking, piracy, tampering, ransomware attacks, phishing attacks, etc.)
  • Describe cybersecurity and information security-related policies


    III. Information Technology

    1. Application and System Software
  • Recognize core activities in the systems development lifecycle and delivery (requirements definition, design, developing, testing, debugging, deployment, maintenance, etc.) and the importance of change controls throughout the process
  • Explain basic database terms (data, database, record, object, field, schema, etc.) and internet terms (HTML, HTTP, URL, domain name, browser, click-through, electronic data interchange [EDI], cookies, etc.)
  • Identify key characteristics of software systems (customer relationship management [CRM] systems; enterprise resource planning [ERP] systems; and governance, risk, and compliance [GRC] systems; etc.)


    1. IT Infrastructure and IT Control Frameworks
  • Explain basic IT infrastructure and network concepts (server, mainframe, client-server configuration, gateways, routers, LAN, WAN, VPN, etc.) and identify potential risks
  • Define the operational roles of a network administrator, database administrator, and help desk
  • Recognize the purpose and applications of IT control frameworks (COBIT, ISO 27000, ITIL, etc.) and basic IT controls
  1. Disaster Recovery
  • Explain disaster recovery planning site concepts (hot, warm, cold, etc.)
  • Explain the purpose of systems and data backup
  • Explain the purpose of systems and data recovery procedures


    IV. Financial Management

    1. Financial Accounting and Finance
  • Identify concepts and underlying principles of financial accounting (types of financial statements and terminologies such as bonds, leases, pensions, intangible assets, research and development, etc.)
  • Recognize advanced and emerging financial accounting concepts (consolidation, investments, fair value, partnerships, foreign currency transactions, etc.)
  • Interpret financial analysis (horizontal and vertical analysis and ratios related to activity, profitability, liquidity, leverage, etc.)
  • Describe revenue cycle, current asset management activities and accounting, and supply chain management (including inventory valuation and accounts payable)
  • Describe capital budgeting, capital structure, basic taxation, and transfer pricing


    1. Managerial Accounting
  • Explain general concepts of managerial accounting (cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, expense allocation, cost-benefit analysis, etc.)
  • Differentiate costing systems (absorption, variable, fixed, activity-based, standard, etc.)
  • Distinguish various costs (relevant and irrelevant costs, incremental costs, etc.) and their use in decision making


Question and answer sessions throughout


Course Session Outline:

Day 1 Session 1 – 8:30 to 12:30

Business Acumen (Section I in CIA learning system -approximately 35% covered in exam)

  • Organizational Objectives, Behaviour, and Performance
  • Organizational Structure and Business Processes
  • Question and answer sessions throughout


    Day 1Session 2 – 13:00 to 17:00

    Business Acumen continue..

  • Organizational Structure and Business Processes continue…
  • Data Analytics
  • Question and answer sessions throughout


    Day 2 Session 1 - 8:30 to 12:30

    Information Security (Section II in CIA learning system -approximately 25% covered in exam)

  • System security and IT General Controls
  • User Authentication and Authorization Controls
  • Purpose and Use of Various Information Security Controls
  • Data Privacy Laws


    Day 2 Session 2 - 13:00 to 17:00

    Information Security Continue…

  • Emerging Technology Practices
  • Existing and Emerging Cybersecurity Risks
  • Policies Related to Cybersecurity and information security
  • Question and answer sessions throughout


    Day 3 Session 1 - 8:30 to 12:30

    Information Technology (Section III in CIA learning system -approximately 25% covered in exam)

  • Introduction – risks specific to IT Environment, challenges of IT auditing, role of CAE and Ethics in IT
  • Application and System Software
  • IT Infrastructure and IT Control Frameworks
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity


    Day 3 Session 2 - 13:00 to 17:00

    Financial Management (Section IV in CIA learning system -approximately 20% covered in exam)

  • Financial Management - Financial accounting and Finance
    • Concepts and principles
    • Financial Analysis


    Day 4 Session 1 - 8:30 to 12:30

    Financial Management Continue

  • Financial Management - Financial accounting and Finance continue
    • Revenue Cycle, current assets management activities and accounting and supply chain management
    • Capital budgeting, Capital structure, taxation and transfer pricing


    Day 4 Session 2 - 13:00 to 17:00

    Financial Management Continue

  • Managerial Accounting
    • General concepts in managerial accounting
    • Costing systems
    • Costs and their use in Decision Making


Who should attend?


All CIA Candidates

Please be advised of the event terms and conditions.
Delegates are also requested to review the content and the levels of the courses presented before booking, to ensure they are attending the right course.

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