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Practical Auditing in an Airport environment

Introduction

An industry specific five day programme specifically designed for those who need to manage, undertake or understand how to conduct effective auditing activities in airport environments, either as an internal auditing activity or in relation to contracted airport support functions.

This course aims to provide comprehensive training in audit management and auditing techniques to facilitate a fully effective audit process across the complexities of airport operations (in line with Annex 14), and supporting the achievement of operational and business objectives. The course is highly participative, and promotes auditing practices that have become the benchmark in the industry.

The course recognizes and responds to the unique airport environment where there are several different regulators concerned with their own specific requirements (Aviation Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Security, Environmental Pollution etc.) and the importance of a well managed internal audit process that provides adequate assurance of compliance to senior management.

A 5 day version of this course is available for in-company presentation. This includes supervised practical auditing throughout the airport operational environment as an integral part of the training process, and provides participants with the opportunity to plan, undertake and report audits in their own airport working environment. This has been found to be a particularly powerful and beneficial approach to auditor training, providing the organization with a much more customized training event and the opportunity to debate internal auditing issues and improve current audit practices. Practical auditing in the airport operational environment will require the client to make the necessary logistical arrangements.

Based on the standard public “Auditing in an Airport Environment” course, this 5 day version includes supervised practical auditing throughout the airport operational environment as an integral part of the training process, and provides participants with the opportunity to plan, undertake and report audits in their own airport working environment. This has been found to be a particularly powerful and beneficial approach to auditor training, providing the organization with a much more customized training event and the opportunity to debate internal auditing issues and improve current audit practices.

The course recognizes and responds to the unique airport environment where there are several different regulators concerned with their own specific requirements (Aviation Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Security, Environmental Pollution etc.) and the importance of a well managed internal audit process that provides adequate assurance of compliance to senior management.

Practical auditing in the airport operational environment will require the client to make the necessary logistical arrangements.

Course Content

This course can be customized to client's specific needs, however, in general the following topics will be addressed:

 

  • Background to auditing in the context of regulations
  • The Aerodrome Manual as an audit base
  • Fundamental principles of auditing
  • Pro-active auditing as an integral part of the overall management function
  • Relative responsibilities of those managing and undertaking audits together with those subject to auditing activity who will need to consider and implement effective corrective actions
  • Development of internal audit programmes (covering Fire & Rescue, ATM, Ground Operations, Passenger services etc.
  • The use of cross auditing throughout the airport environment by multi disciplined teams of auditors drawn from various specialist departments
  • Objective based auditing & reporting methods
  • Audit planning - development of audit check lists
  • Best practice audit conduct
  • Investigative auditing skills and techniques
  • Factual reporting of audit findings
  • Supervised practical auditing in a working airport environment - a specific beneficial feature of this course.
  • Discussions concerning internal audit related issues.
  • Audit reports & records
  • Psychological aspects of auditing
  • Auditor competency and development issues
  • Effective corrective action, audit follow up and close out mechanisms
  • The role of the senior management team in steering the audit process and ensuring adequate response to audit findings
  • Interactive trainer led discussions on auditing problems & solutions
  • Etc. etc.

Learning Objectives

To provide delegates with a good understanding of the basic principles of auditing in support of regulatory compliance and the achievement of organisational objectives, together with the tools, techniques and skills necessary for the effective planning, conduct and reporting of audits, and the confidence to enable them to undertake in depth and searching audits throughout the organisation, including key suppliers / contractors, either as part of a multi-disciplined team or working alone. Also to facilitate the development of audit team leadership skills.

 

These Learning Objectives are broken down into a combination of knowledge and skills that delegates should acquire throughout the training process and that will then provide a suitable baseline for the development of their competence as auditors.

 

Who should take this course

This course will be of very significant benefit to airport staff who need to have the necessary competence to manage and conduct effective auditing across airport operations.

 

Airport Senior Management, Quality, Environmental OH&S, Safety and Security Managers, and others who need to understand and ensure that the audit process provides them with sufficient assurance of the adequacy and effectiveness of the operations in relation to regulatory compliance will also benefit from attendance at this course.

 

Pre-requisites

A background in an airport environment. No previous experience of auditing is necessary.

 

Duration

5 days - each day will commence at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks. (includes one day practical auditing activities).

 

Please Note: This course is for In-company presentation only and requires suitable training and catering facilities to be provided by the client together with access to airside operational areas for the practical auditing activities.

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