Certified Risk Based Internal Auditor™ (cRBIA™)

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

There are some significant challenges with traditional internal auditing:
  • Internal audit is usually focusing on historical financial or compliance issues in transaction or process areas
  • Many in management don't believe internal audit adds much value
  • Internal audit is losing relevance and is being downgraded or made obsolete in organizations

Even though we have been discussing risk-based internal auditing for over 25 years, most internal audit departments are not taking a true risk-based approach.

In fact many think they are doing risk based internal auditing, but are still using old centric approaches like compliance, locations, business units, controls, etc... to create their audit universe and plan instead of focusing on risks related to key strategic objectives.

That is makes internal audit seem like just another compliance function.

And one of the top skill gaps Chief Audit Executives are looking for: risk based internal audit skills.

If you are resonating with this, you have an opportunity through risk-based internal auditing to:
  • Better align your efforts with management and the board
  • Better align your audit plan with the key objectives of your organization
  • Better coordinate with others in your organization
  • Become more proactive and less historical
  • Become seen as a trusted advisor
  • Become certified and qualify for promotions and increased earning potential
and that results in feeling:
  • Confident
  • Valued, and
  • Appreciated

Whether you are just getting started with a risk-based internal audit approach, or want to improve what you are doing, you should take advantage of this opportunity.

What most internal auditors are missing is a model to use when implementing a risk-based approach, a deep understanding of risk management, and a practical application of the concept so you can put it into practice.

If you are the kind of person who wants to deepen your risk management skills and access the step-by-step formula, keep on reading.

In this course you will learn the concepts and process behind using a practical risk-based internal audit approach that you can start applying today. You receive the step-by-step process for how you can implement a risk-based internal audit approach at your organization using the Risk-Based Internal Audit Model and access templates and downloads.

Steps you can start taking today, to make your audit approach more risk-based ... and earn the respect. trust and support of management and your board of directors.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • The History and Future of Internal Audit
  • Audit Approaches and Maturity
  • Risk Management Basics
  • Risk-Based Internal Audit Model
  • Coordinating Efforts with Others - 3 Lines of Defense, etc...
  • Additional Resources
  • cRBIA™ Exam
  • cRBIA Certification Process

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

If you want the respect and trust of management, you should consider doing more risk-based internal auditing.


"The cRBIA course was well thought out and presented in a holistic, integrated manner that kept me interested and motivated to complete it timely. The course was clear, concise and easy to follow, and had great content that can be easily applied. I appreciate your hard work on this and appreciate the bonus material as well." - Christopher

"The cRBIA is one of the two best classes I have taken so far. It is the best risk management class I have taken, even if it is suppose to be an audit class. Really in depth, more than others and I can put it into action immediately. Having a lecture with slides is really motivating, makes one feel like they are in an actual class and keeps my attention. It is much more than I expected, and it is well worth the investment. I am ready for my first risk based internal auditing project." - Terry

"I especially like the part of the course that dealt with developing the audit plan. The course was very practical." - Mario

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  • Certification preparation materials you need to pass the exam ($1,000 value)
  • Certification exam included as part of the course for free ($250 value)
  • The Certified Risk-Based Internal Auditor™ (cRBIA) professional designation when you pass the exam at the end of the course.
  • Use your cRBIA™ designation on LinkedIn and your resume / CV for life.
  • Templates and downloads you can tailor to use in your organization ($2,000+ value)
  • No travel necessary ($2,000+ savings)

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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.
How do I receive the cRBIA™ 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 cRBIA™ designation via e-mail.
Do I need to get other materials or pay anything additional to get the cRBIA designation?
No. Everything you need to get certified is included in the course. There is also no requirement to pay for renewal of the cRBIA designation. Once you obtain it, you can use the designation for life.
What if I don't pass the cRBIA™ exam?
You need to get a 70% or better score to pass the cRBIA™ exam. 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 does the cRBIA™ compare with the CIA?
The CIA is a 3-part exam certification that typically requires 2-5 years to complete. The CIA focus is on teaching individuals to audit based on Institute of Internal Auditor (IIA) standards (2 exams) and basic information about topics internal auditors should have a basic understanding (1 exam). The cRBIA™ focus is on teaching individuals the practical step-by-step process for understanding and identifying audit engagements focused on the performance, risk and compliance items that represent the greatest exposure to your organization NOT achieving its key objectives. You learn how to align you audit plan with key objectives, so you are focusing and aligning on the areas management is most concerned with, helping you feel valued and appreciated.
How does the cRBIA™ compare with the CRMA?
The CRMA is a certification that focuses on teaching individuals to audit based on only the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) view of risk management and how to provide assurance on risk management functions. One must obtain the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification (2-5 years) before pursuing the CRMA. The cRBIA™ teaches basic principles of risk management and the COSO ERM, ISO 31000 and OCEG models, so you can understand and speak the various risk management languages. In addition you learn how to design a risk-based audit plan focused on the significant exposures in performance, risk and compliance areas that may stop your organization from achieving its objectives. You get a much deeper understanding of risk management and how to audit risks and risk functions in your organization.

Course Curriculum

  The History and Future of Internal Audit
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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 (CAE) 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. He's been an executive in charge of internal audit, risk management, ethics, compliance, and information security.

You can learn more about him at: https://www.jasonmefford.com and https://bit.ly/AuditLeader

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