Mar 6, 2024

Journey through Comprehensive Training in Internal Auditing for the Public Sector

In our conversation, Roland Këri shared insights into his experience participating in the Training of Internal Auditors in the Public Sector of Albania (TIAPS Albania). Mr. Këri highlighted the value of the TIAPS training program, emphasizing its unique combination of theoretical depth and practical insights within public sector internal auditing. His perspective confirms the training program's effectiveness in providing a comprehensive understanding of the addressed subject matters.

“When I was asked if I would like to attend a two-year advanced training for internal auditors in the public sector, I agreed immediately, convinced that my superior would support me in this.

I believe that training is always valuable, especially for a relatively new manager like me (three years), who needs to acquire advanced knowledge.

At the start of the TIAPS training program, a general presentation was made about the subject matter and organizational aspects. However, since it was the first time it was held in Albania, no one had the experience to say how things would turn out. As a result, the training was even more engaging.

Now that we have started the third module, we have advanced a lot and things are much clearer. The training program has embraced three kinds of teaching and experience: international, regional, and local.

The theory is mixed with practice. In addition to international auditing standards, the topics of leadership, motivation, and decision-making have been highly informative and useful, teaching us how to maximize results by using motivation and by combining autocratic and democratic leadership.

Advanced training helps us to be better advocates of audit work. The more advanced knowledge we have, the easier it is to protect the auditor’s job.

The independence of auditors has been another important topic. The authority of auditors, combined with integrity and competence, adds value to the organization.

Everything that we have learned so far has helped us to do a better job. I share what I have learned in the TIAPS training with my colleagues, to improve our work practices. We now raise various questions, such as:

  • What happens after the audit report is delivered?
  • Does the audit have an impact?
  • Does it create productive and beneficial changes in the organization?
  • Does it identify opportunities for improvement?

In my opinion, high-quality auditing depends on the impact it has on the organization.

Another benefit that the training gives us is the interaction with colleagues from other institutions. The exchange of experience further improves the daily work of auditors.

In addition to the academic value, the CEF deserves compliments for the logistical and organizational aspects of the training program.”