Many factors impact your audit process and, consequently, your audit results. Still, the responsibility of ensuring great deliverables lies with your audit team.

There are two characteristics shared among sound, experienced audit teams. Can you guess what those characteristics are?

There’s a lot to worry about when preparing for credit union exams. Usually, they go smoothly. Often, exams just confirm what you and your credit union already knew: that you’re on the right path.

But the stress is real.

A poorly-run exam increases your credit union’s risk of findings, documents of resolution (the dreaded DORs), and regulatory action.

Depending on who your auditors are—or what type of audit they’re conducting—your auditors could be looking for any number of things.

One thing they’re always looking for? Consistency.

For years, the NCUA has burdened credit unions with frequent, tedious exams. The cycles call for audits every 12 months, but an audit could land at any point within that period. Unfortunately, the unpredictability of the current exam cycle creates stress and unduly disrupts operations.

Fortunately, the NCUA has proposed new changes to the exam cycle. We hope they make these changes effective immediately.

One of the things we talk about a lot in this blog, whether explicitly or not, is the credit union audit process. In fact, improving the audit process is what we’re all about.

But what does it mean to have an effective audit process? What all does it entail?

If you’re looking to better understand what makes a credit union’s audit process effective—or if you want to see if your audit process passes muster—then read on!

Credit union audit program software by redboard

Audits must be performed frequently to ensure proper operational practices and compliance. Most upper-level credit union employees are familiar with audits. After all, upper-level employees are the experts, and leveraging experts is a critical component to successful audits.

Then, of course, there are internal audit teams. They’ve made a living off of their audit expertise.

So, with so many experienced experts on any given audit team, what do you get?

You get sound credit union audit programs and, one would hope, great audit results.

Point West case study

Point West Credit Union started off with a robust but time consuming audit program. After partnering with Redboard, they were able to complete their audits much more efficiently and effectively.

The best part?

Their audits now take 20–25% less time than they did before.

So, how did they get from Point A to Point B? Or should we say, from Point East to Point West?

Audit software for credit unions from redboard

Audit software for credit unions can help your team drastically simplify your audit process. In fact, the increase in efficiency from using audit management tools usually translates to a 10–25% decrease in time to completion.

So, how does it accomplish that?

Well, there are two main areas of the audit process that software addresses.

Here’s what we’ve seen:

Credit union audit software from redboard

In the last few weeks, we’ve written a bit about some of the benefits of credit union audit management software. One of the primary takeaways is that credit union audit software saves time in the audit process, and credit unions are putting that time to good use.

But just saying that audit management software will save your credit union time doesn’t illustrate much.

So, to give you a better picture of how and why some simple software makes audits easier, we’ve compiled a short, not-entirely-exhaustive list.

Credit union audit software from redboard

Recently, we wrote about how credit unions can save time in completing their audits by using audit software to manage their process.

It’s true—credit union audit software can save audit teams a considerable number of hours on their normal duties. The added efficiency from audit software is great, and everyone likes to cut down on the hours they spend on tedious, routine tasks.