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Creative and Critical Thinking for Auditors

Course CategoryAudit

Event calendar iconAugust 24, 2021

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This virtual course will be delivered regionally via Zoom.

Registration is open to insular government professionals.

Course Description

Creative Thinking for Auditors explores why creative and critical thinking are essential tools of auditor providence that should be applied throughout all phases of the audit process. The class will discuss personal and organizational challenges to creative thinking and change, and ways to overcome the natural resistance to change for breakthrough ways of seeing root causes of problems and considering new possible solutions. This course will include brain training exercises and tools to get participants to think more abstractly to look beyond the obvious, to challenge the status quo, and to use process techniques for generating new ideas for action. This class will explore the power of “why” in looking for root causes of problems, and the power of the possible in considering new opportunities and threats for forward-thinking recommendations.

Will learn icon What You Will Learn

  • Describe and discuss the basic concepts of creative thinking
  • Eliminate roadblocks and barriers to the use of creative thinking in auditing
  • Distinguish between creative and critical thinking and explain their complimentary roles in problem solving
  • Describe two key stages in applying creative and critical thinking to identify the causes and solutions to problems with performance
  • Use creative thinking principles and tools to boost your output of innovative ideas and identify the real causes of, and best solutions to, organizational problems
  • Apply critical thinking principles and tools to organize, evaluate and prioritize ideas generated by creative thinking

Who Should Attend

APIPA conference sessions are intended for island government accountability professionals.  Audit, budget, finance, accounting, and related management and staff members will find interest and value in this presentation.

Info icon Tuition Fees

With funding support from the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, courses are available free of charge for government accountability professionals within the insular areas. The course fee is waived and there is no cost to register and attend, Professionals who do not meet the above criteria, please contact [email protected].










August 24, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


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CPEs - 2 Credit Hours

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Virtual Delivery

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Michael Binder

Michael Binder

Washington, DC

Michael is the Director of the Graduate School USA, Government Audit Training Institute. Hes has served over forty two years in federal audit staff, management and executive positions in GAO, the Inspector General community and as Acting Inspector General of the National Endowment for the Arts. Michael has a BBA and MBA in Finance and Economics from the George Washington University, attended Harvard University, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Federal Executive Institute. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a former national officer of the Association of Government Accountants.