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Auditing in the Exploration & Production Industry (FIN05)

  • To be announced for 2021


This course is an intensive training program designed to improve the skills of participants involved in the financial and contractual auditing of upstream oil & gas exploration and production activities.
The objective of this course is to enhance your understanding of the various audit principles and practices being applied today.

Course Duration: 5 days

Course Level: Skill
Instructor: Matilde Giulianelli or Robert Hockley

Designed for you, if you are...

  • Totally new to the discipline of financial audit
  • An experienced audit practitioner, keen to update your auditing techniques
  • A professional from any discipline, intending to take part in internal or joint-venture audits
  • A professional with a background in statutory audit in the accountancy profession, requiring an insight into internal and joint-venture audit areas

How we build your confidence

Extensive use is made of realistic oil industry-based exercises and case studies. The exercises and case study materials are designed to reinforce the key teaching points and to provide participants with the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in a practical and enjoyable format.

The benefits from attending

By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

  • Applying a structured methodology for conducting oil industry internal, production-sharing and joint-venture audits
  • Implementing the benefits of a multi-discipline team audit approach
  • Adopting a model of best practice for conducting audits

The course concentrates on aspects of financial auditing unique to the E&P business.


  • Introduction
    - Origins and purpose of audit
    - Audit types
  • Audit Concepts
    - Independence - its application in different types of audit
    - Controls - objectives of controls and their application
  • Internal Audit
    - The function and objectives of the Internal Audit group
    - Contract audits
    - Fraud investigation
  • Audit Techniques
    - Audit preparation and planning - to ensure an effective audit
    - Risk assessment - techniques to determine audit priorities
    - Testing/sampling - techniques to verify accounts and controls
    - Interviewing techniques
    - Flowcharting techniques and their application
    - Reporting
    - Team management - to ensure resources are used effectively
  • Joint Venture Audit
    - Developing a model of joint venture audit best practice
    - The audit cycle - planning, implementation, results, reporting
    - Joint Venture accounting and the major audit issues that arise
    - Multi-venture audits
    - UKOOA SOAP 2
  • Production Sharing Contracts Audit
    - Background
    - Key aspects of audit

Customer Feedback

"Very good round-up of audit and accounting for non-finance professionals." - Manager at CMOC

"Very good course, easy and relaxed learning environment. The trainer was very experienced and knowledgeable. Real life examples provided made the course a lot more interesting." - Total E&P

"The trainer demonstrated an impressive knowledge about the Oil & Gas Industry coupled with really practical examples. She is an excellent trainer, very interactive, good communication skills and excellent personality. I really enjoyed this course, full of knowledge sharing and interaction between the trainer & team." - Mitsui E&P Middle East




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