Welcome to the Heart of Audit
a different kind of Internal Audit Career Academy

Ever wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into? Don’t feel like you’re the “so called expert” everyone expects you to be? Can’t seem to advance your career fast enough with all the skills you need to master? Wondering if you’re in the right place, if anything you do makes a difference or does it really matter? Want to be viewed as a resource not an intrusion?

Overwhelmed auditors often feel they have no direction on where they’re going or what to prioritize first. There is no cohesive plan for growth, no mentorship or best practices. They often allow doubts or fears to stop them from initiating change due to second-guessing themselves, self-sabotage, not believing they deserve it or can do it, rather than boldly playing a bigger game.

Many auditors feel that they have no one to turn to with questions and support. Even in the highly regulated environment, they feel there’s a lack of structure and accountability. It’s lonely being an auditor who wants to play big and challenge the status quo.

It’s not your fault. I have been through these challenges myself, as have many auditors. That is why we are here to help! We believe it does not need to be this hard. As I was going through these challenges, I was searching for a program that would help me with all these issues and give me the training I needed to do a great job and continue to develop my career. And when I started my own business in 2001, I needed even more resources but could not find the right ones to help me.

So, after reflecting on this challenge for many years, I created the INTERNAL AUDIT CAREER ACADEMY to solve these problems.

At the Internal Audit Career Academy, you will learn the Competencies that allow you to be clear about where you are goingg. You will receive growth strategies and best practices you didn’t even know existed, you will be mentored by already successful auditors, and get to model examples that will show you exactly how to do something, As you learn from other people’s best practices and experiences, you will work from proven templates and processes. And you will have the opportunity to meet, network, set goals and gain clarity with other auditors twice a year at a live event.

You’ll also receive the Perspective to see your life and career in a different way so you use processes for thinking bigger and stretching the vision of what’s possible, increase the belief in yourselves, integrate tools to get past fear and into action, overcome internal blocks to success, apply strategies to eliminate distractions, discover hacks to be more intentional and become more disciplined in your day-to-day actions to get more done.

One thing you may never have thought you needed is the Community, so that you can grow and learn in an environment of positivity and encouragement, surrounded with other auditors who you’ll talk to every day and keep everyone accountable, helping you to set goals in a structured way to help stay on track.


"By the end of the course, I not only had started to prepare some of the documentation for my audit department's Self-Assessment but I had a clear vision of the steps I needed to take to complete the process." -Ann B.

BONUS #1: Spring Internal Audit Symposium

When you join our Academy until April 26th, you'll get to attend the Spring Internal Audit Symposium on April 30th - May 1st for FREE! ($990 Value)

**This event will be presented jointly by VACB (Virginia Association of Community Banks) and the Internal Audit Career Academy (IACA).

The Place at Innsbrook 4036-C Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

About the Program:

At this program, you will learn proven strategies that will help to increase your departmental efficiency and take it to the next level. We have chosen areas outlined in the IIA’s Core Competencies that develop both technical and soft skills that will allow you to be clear about where you are going and become more disciplined in your day-to-day actions to get more done.

DAY 1 – Monday, April 30

Overall Strategy for the IA Department:

Professional Development Goals for your Staff and the Department

  • Introductions
  • Relevant IPPF Guidance
  • Competency Framework
  • Career Paths
  • CPE planning & tracking
  • Networking

Relationships with AC, Senior Management, Externals

  • Audit Committee Charter
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Confidentiality & Objectivity
  • Independence – to whom should IA report (Case Study)
  • Coordination with External Parties Including effect on SOX Policies & Procedures for the IA Department

Marketing the IA Department

  • Self – Assessment
  • Fill Expectation Gaps
  • Build Relationships
  • Live your Values – Walk the Talk
  • Effective Communication

QAR/QAIP Process

  • Understand the QAIP
  • Discuss the different types of assessments
  • Discuss the process used to complete each type of assessment.
  • Explore the IIA QAR manual and other tools to perform a QAR.

DAY 2 – Friday, May 1

IT Auditing Considerations

  • Application Identification
  • Access Controls
  • SOX Implications
  • RFP/Prep/Review of Outsourced IT audits

Ethics for Internal Auditors (2 hours) (would count towards CPA requirement)

The Ethics training satisfies the 2018 VBOA Ethics CPE requirement and fulfills some requirements for the following jurisdictions: (MD, NC, WV, DC)

This training is specific to Virginia CPAs working in public practice, industry, government, nonprofits and academia, however, it will also fulfill the requirements as laid out by the IIA for 2 hours of Ethics training beginning in 2018.

BONUS #2: Exclusive Presentation for IACA Members

Tuesday, May 1st, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Tuesday afternoon session is dedicated to course work for attendees enrolled in the Internal Audit Career Academy (IACA).

To Claim Your BONUSES, Sign Up Until April 26th!


Learn More – Faster, Gain Confidence, Advance Quicker and start enjoying what you do while making more money.

The investment for the Academy is only $2,499 or 12 payments of $249.

Would you like to strategize the next 12 months together?


"Michelle and her team provided a friendly, authoritative, and thorough learning experience. Very satisfied." -Jerry J.

Your Instructor

Michelle Fowler
Michelle Fowler
Michelle Fowler
President (CPA, CIA, CISA, CRMA)

Michelle is the founder and President of Fowler & Company, LTD and has been working in banking and internal audit since 1990. Founded in 2001, Fowler & Company's specialized focus is on internal audit, training, risk, internal controls, and compliance. Michelle is an engaging and highly rated speaker and author. Her diverse combination of Internal Audit training and consulting gives her a unique perspective and provides current "real world" experience. Michelle holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certification in Risk Management. Michelle's experience prior to Fowler & Company includes time in public accounting, including Deloitte, and working in internal audit shops in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She is active with the IIA and other not-for-profit organizations. She can be reached at 804-350-8654 or [email protected]

Class Curriculum

Available in days
days after you enroll

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts the day you enroll and ends one year from enrollment! It is a completely self-paced online course - you will get one module each month for 10 months and you can complete them as you go or set aside time to do them as a group. We suggest you do them as you receive them. CPE certificates are not issued until the module has been viewed and a brief quiz completed..
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for one year - across any and all devices you own. You will get a link to one on-line module per month for 10 months as well as access to the live event replays.
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 many CPEs will I receive?
At least 40 if you complete all the on-line modules and attend both live events. The CPE complies with the IIA and AICPA requirements.

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