Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE)

Field: Auditing | Delivery Method: Self Study | CPE Hours: 40.0

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When you register as an early adopter, you get access to the content as it becomes available over the next two to three months, and will be invited to special live calls with Jason Mefford to go deeper into the topics. You also get a significant savings on your investment when you register NOW!

When you register NOW you will also get a bonus one hour call with Jason Mefford for free when you complete your certification (a $500 value) along with the other bonuses listed below.

Being a Chief Audit Executive (CAE), the person that heads up an internal audit activity in an organization, is one of the toughest jobs. Wouldn't it be much easier if you had the step-by-step help for how to set up and run a successful internal audit group? Of course it would!

Relevance – Adding Value – Ensuring a Seat at the Table: The 3 most important things a Chief Audit Executive (CAE) must focus on for themselves, their staff, and their function.

Those are the things that drive success over the long-term for anyone in the critical role of CAE.

Where do you learn how to be a successful CAE other than the school of hard knocks?

Until now, there has not been a place. That changes today.

And the school of hard knocks... going about it through trial and error... can be a very lonely and risky place, and of course you want a better option, since your career is on the line.

You have been in internal audit for several years, and although you did not necessarily start out in internal audit thinking it was a career pursuit, you have learned how amazing the job can be.

Now you are seeing that internal audit leadership, either at your current company or another organization, is within your immediate career path. Either now, soon or in the not-too-distant future, you will become a Chief Audit Executive (CAE).

You already know the things that all good internal auditors are trained to know (you are strong on the "A" of CAE). Things like the applying The Standards and related IPPF, formalizing project-based risk assessments, establishing project scope, documenting workpapers, writing findings, drafting and issuing reports, and so on. Extremely valuable skills and experiences for any marketable internal audit professional.

You also see, and think you generally understand, what Chief Audit Executives are supposed to do, but how much EXECUTIVE PRESENCE do you have? The fact that you are reading this means you'd probably like some help with the "E" of CAE, right?

Where do you get to learn and demonstrate your competency at having the ability to perform at that vaulted level of the organization? The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation does not prepare you for that. The IIA’s Vision University does not prepare you for that (although a good course). The IIA’s QIAL, while a worthy program, barely scratches the surface on some of the more “executive” level topics, you must already be a CAE and this program costs over $4,000.

You not only need to be a good audit leader when you are the CAE ... you need to be a damn good EXECUTIVE too!

Where, oh where, can you turn for a CAE preparatory program to help you with the "E" of being a CAE?

Wouldn't it be great to find a program where you learn about and demonstrate proficiency in challenging topics like:

  • Preparing for an Audit Committee meeting
  • Managing the dual reporting relationship: the tricky balance between keep executive management and the board happy.
  • Navigating organizational politics with your peers
  • Establishing, Building, and Sustaining C-suite relationships
  • Maximizing the use of Co-sourcing with limited dollars
  • Maintaining a Dynamic Risk Assessment
  • Forging a relationship with the Audit Committee Chair
  • Being a Courageous Communicator
  • Leading a dynamic staff of professionals
  • Handling an Audit Committee Executive Session
  • Establishing and Sustaining your Executive Presence
  • And, so on ...

Where can you learn about these challenging topics?

The answer has been, until now, NOWHERE.

But, now, here is the ONLY self-study, on-demand, certification program for CAEs and those you want to become a CAE.

The Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE) program.

You have the internal audit foundation under you: years of experience (definitely), the CIA designation (probably), and a reputation as a really good internal auditor (no doubt). Now it is time to build on that foundation, and prepare yourself for the toughest, most demanding, AND most rewarding role anyone in internal audit can aspire to ... The Chief Audit Executive.

The cCAE is a 40 hour, on-demand learning program that culminates in a final exam. Because it is on-demand, you set the pace on how you go through the material.

  • You listen (and re-listen) to the modules as you see fit.
  • You take the exam, after completing all the modules, when you are ready, not when someone else decides you are ready, or the calendar says so.
  • You get 40 hours of continuing education (CPE) for completing the program.
  • And, when done, you get to tell everyone that you are a newly minted and proud Certified Chief Audit Executive – ready for the exciting challenges and opportunities ahead, something you can add to your resume and LinkedIn profile to prove to others that you know what you are talking about, and give you an advantage over others in the industry.

Relevant – Adding Value – Sitting at the Table, and an CAE your audit staff is ready, willing and able to follow.

Why You Should Consider Joining the Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE) course:

  • Step-by-step how to set up and run a successful internal audit group
  • Add a certification to your resume that separates you from the competition and helps you earn more money
  • Downloads, resources, and tools worth over $5,000
  • Content developed from individuals who have been CAEs and have spent years training other CAEs.

Who the Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE) course is for:

  • Individuals who want to become a CAE, and know have this certification on their resume will make it easier to get that job.
  • Individuals new to the role of a CAE, who want a step-by-step outline of how to run a successful internal audit group.
  • Seasoned CAEs who want access to all of the resource other successful CAEs are using, are in the CAE role at a new organization, or are looking to move to another organization and want the extra this certification to separate them from others who are interviewing.

Field: Auditing
Delivery Method: Self Study
CPE Hours: 40.0
Format: Video, Workbook, Resources

Are you going to leave your career up to the school of hard knock and trial and error, or do you have the courage to invest in yourself and have access to the step-by-step resources to help you be the successful executive?

*** As an early adopter, you will gain access to all of the content and resources as they are ready over a 2-3 month period. You not only save significantly on your investment, but you also get access to special deeper dive discussions into the topics with the instructors. ***

*** Scroll down the page to see the topics you can expect to be included in the Certified Chief Audit Executive (cCAE) certification course, subject to change. ***

Your Instructor

Jason Mefford
Jason Mefford

Jason Mefford is a rock star in internal audit, risk management and compliance. He typically works with Chief Audit Executives and professionals in audit, risk and compliance with the technical and soft-skills needed to navigate the land mines of organizations. He takes complicated, confusing & hard things, makes them practical, proactive & simple to improve learning and transformation.

Jason is a CAE coach, professional speaker, facilitator and podcast host. He serves the internal audit community through his companies Mefford Associates, cRisk Academy, Mefford CIA Review Course, and the Jamming with Jason Podcast.

You can learn more about him at: http://www.jasonmefford.com and http://www.meffordassociates.com

Here's What You Can Expect
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  • Course introduction
  • How to get the most out of this course
  • Different kinds of internal audit functions
  • Tailoring the concepts to your organization

Understanding and Segregating your C.A.E. Role

  • as a Chief
  • as an Auditor
  • as an Executive

Moving from a Manager to a Leader

  • Thinking like the CEO
  • Talking to the CEO
  • All Eyes are on YOU
  • Being an Ethical Role Model
  • Being Prescient – Anticipating the Future
  • Is there a Typical Day?
  • Being a Courageous Messenger
  • Trusted Advisor
  • Developing and Having Executive Presence
  • Perception vs. Reality Issues

Marketing the function

  • Project evaluations
  • Surveys
  • Walking around for feedback
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Having Credibility
  • Handling Confidentiality
  • Objectivity and Independence
  • Cognitive Bias

Risk Management for Internal Auditors

  • Nature of risk
  • Steps to risk management
  • Risk language
  • Risk models
  • Categories, levels and risk functions
  • Calculating performance, risk and compliance levels
  • Internal controls
  • Risk management frameworks
  • Calculating exposure example

Risk-based Planning and Risk-Based Auditing

  • Risk-Based vs. Risk-Centric
  • Tying it All Back to Objectives
  • The New Audit Universe
  • Continuous Risk Assessment

Agile Auditing

Auditing Culture


  • IT skills versus IT auditors
  • What do you need to know
  • What does your staff need to know
  • Data analytics
  • Continuous monitoring and continuous auditing

Staff Management

  • Resourcing the function – outsourcing, co-sourcing, experts, one person shops
  • Different staffing models
  • Recruiting
  • Staff Development
  • Delegation and Empowerment
  • Succession planning
  • Developing talent
  • Performance management
  • Managing remote workers / remote teams / international teams
  • Budgets
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Job descriptions
  • Rotational models
  • IA as “talent feeder” to the organization

Setting the Strategy of the function

  • Aligning with corporate strategy
  • Mission, vision, values
  • Purpose
  • Internal Audit Charter
  • Obtaining and incorporating input and feedback
  • Achieving the strategy
  • Building from the Ground Up
  • Transitioning an Established Function
  • Transformation strategies

Audit Plan Development

  • Risk based projects
  • Compliance projects
  • SOX / ICFR projects
  • Consulting projects
  • Expectation projects
  • Finding fraud obligations / Fraud investigations
  • Special projects
  • Dynamic risk assessment
  • Change initiatives
  • Integrated audits / integrated teams
  • Assurance vs. advisory work – finding the right mix
  • Determining proper utilization
  • Audit plan hours calculator – download
  • Combined assurance plan

Communicating Results

  • Traditional methods vs newer approaches
  • Matching communications to the needs of the organization
  • Obtaining commitment to action plans
  • Follow-up
  • Ratings and rating methodologies

Key Relationships

  • Stakeholder relationships
  • Identifying obvious and not so obvious stakeholders and other key relationships
  • Peer relationships
  • C-level relationships
  • Staff relationships
  • Board / AC relationships
  • External audit and regulatory relationships
  • Stakeholder relationship planning – establishing, maintaining, sustaining
  • Collaborating with and leveraging 2nd line
  • Audit by walking around
  • Networking (other CAEs and within industry)

Assessing Your Effectiveness

  • Standards and Conformance
  • Metrics / Key Performance Indicators
  • Benchmarking
  • Quality control
  • Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP)
  • Quality Assessment Reviews (QARs)

Managing Up

  • Board and Executive Meetings
  • Managing the C-Suite
  • Navigating dual reporting relationship
  • Audit committee meetings – before, during, after (including executive sessions)
  • Navigating politics
  • Seat at the Table – obtaining, earning, maintaining, sustaining
  • Don’t Forget About Yourself
  • Your continuing education
  • Your network
  • Your relationships
  • Your personal mental health and well-being
  • Your career planning

cCAE Exam

Certification Process

Additional Resources

  • Briefing Leadership Program
  • CAE Forum
  • Resource List
  • Downloads

BONUS: Dealing with Difficult People

BONUS: How to Get a Job as a CAE

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How do I receive the cCAE designation?
Complete the course, study and take the exam that is included for free with the course. Once you pass the exam, you will submit an application (step-by-step details are included in the course) and 3-4 weeks later you will receive your cCAE designation via e-mail.
Do I need to get other materials or pay anything additional to get the cCAE designation?
No. Everything you need to get certified is included in the course. There is also no requirement to pay for renewal of the cCAE designation. Once you obtain it, you can use the designation for life.
What if I don't pass the cCAE exam?
You need to get a 70% or better score to pass the cCAE exam. The exam is 35 multiple choice questions, based on the material from the course. You take the exam as part of the course from your computer or device. There is no testing center requirement. If you don't pass the exam, you can take it again as many times as you need until you pass.
What is the format of the course?
This is a video lecture format course, so you can listen to the lectures as if you were in an in-person course. There is a participant workbook for taking notes and preparing for the exam.
How many continuing professional education (CPE) hours are available for the course?
The cCAE course qualifies for 40 hours of continuing professional education for the topic of auditing and self-study.
What are the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements?
You must maintain a minimum of 40 hours of CPE each year, 20 hours of which need to be in the field of study: auditing. You will not need to submit your CPE each year, but may be randomly selected for CPE audit where you will need to provide us with evidence that you completed your annual CPE.

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