About the Profession

Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

Performed by professionals with an in-depth understanding of the business culture, systems, and processes, the internal audit activity provides assurance that internal controls in place are adequate to mitigate the risks, governance processes are effective and efficient, and organizational goals and objectives are met.

Evaluating emerging technologies. Analyzing opportunities. Examining global issues. Assessing risks, controls, ethics, quality, economy, and efficiency. Assuring that controls in place are adequate to mitigate the risks. Communicating information and opinions with clarity and accuracy. Such diversity gives internal auditors a broad perspective on the organization. And that, in turn, makes internal auditors a valuable resource to executive management and boards of directors in accomplishing overall goals and objectives, as well as in strengthening internal controls and organizational governance.

Seems like a lot to ask from one resource? Maybe for some, but for internal auditors — it’s all in a day’s work.

Definition of Internal Auditing

According to the Definition of Internal Auditing in The IIA’s International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

Internal Auditor Competency Framework

Compiled by subject matter experts and volunteers, The IIA’s competency framework outlines the minimum level of knowledge and skills needed to effectively operate and maintain an internal audit function.

Internal Audit Profession Resources

For newcomers to the profession of internal auditing as well as experienced practitioners who want to promote the profession and its role in the success of an organization, the following resources are ideal for elevating the profession, enhancing professionalism, and building awareness.