Information is necessary for the entity to carry out internal control responsibilities to support the achievement of its objectives. Management obtains or generates and uses relevant and quality information from both internal and external sources to support the functioning of other components of internal control. Communication is the continual, iterative process of providing, sharing, and obtaining necessary information. Internal communication is the means by which information is disseminated throughout the organization, flowing up, down, and across the entity.
Ongoing evaluations, separate evaluations, or some combination of the two are used to ascertain whether each of the five components of internal control, including controls to effect the principles within each component, is present and functioning. Ongoing evaluations, built into business processes at different levels of the entity, provide timely information. Separate evaluations, conducted periodically, will vary in scope and frequency depending on assessment of risks, effectiveness of ongoing evaluations, and other management considerations. Findings are evaluated against criteria established by regulators, standard-setting bodies, or management and board of directors, and deficiencies are communicated to management and the board of directors as appropriate.
The course presents the summary, definitions, principles and points of focus of the information & communication and monitoring activities components of the Internal Control Integrated Framework, 2013. The concepts and applications of both components are explored in detail in cumulative cases and exercises through each topic. Sessions on combined assurance are included to expand the Framework to other contemporary approaches used in internal control monitoring activities. The objective of the course is for participants to gain a detailed understanding and ability to apply the concepts, principles and points of focus of the information & communication and monitoring activities components of the Internal Control Integrated Framework.
The component evaluation templates from the COSO Illustrative Tools for Assessing Effectiveness of a System of Internal Control serve as the basis for principle analysis in the cases and exercises. Participants will gain a working knowledge of how to adapt the tools for use in their daily work in their respective organizations.
This course is an applications course and requires an in-depth working knowledge of the overall Framework, its components, concepts and approaches. Only those who have attended the COSO2013 Internal Control Framework Overview Course or those who have a detailed working knowledge of the new Framework should attend this course.
The course was written by Michael L. Piazza, who is the primary presenter for the course. If date conflicts arise, the client will be given the option of a secondary instructor.
Who Should Attend:
Anyone in an organization who designs, implements, applies or reviews internal control including will greatly benefit from the course and applications. These include: administrators; accountants; finance officers; managers; risk management officers; quality assurance personnel; internal auditors; and anyone providing assurance to internal control and risk management effectiveness.
Purchase and Schedule a Course Offering:
PDA courses are offered as public offerings by local chapters and for in-house presentation. Please submit the Request for Information form and a PDA representative will contact you within one business day to discuss the details and arrange a course date that suites your organization's needs. Course pricing is $4,500 which includes all instructor travel and lodging costs for domestic sites (a surcharge may be added for international sites due to increased travel related costs).
This course can be modified for custom presentation including organizational specific cases, examples and concepts. A $1,500 customization fee covers all conversions and customizations. A one day consulting trip to the client location for interviews and sample analysis is offered at an additional inclusive fee of $2,500.