Controls Design & Assurance

This course presented by David Tattam, Chief Research and Content Officer at Protecht, is focused on providing a deep understanding of controls to enable optimally designed controls to be implemented to achieve maximum effect for minimum cost.
  Course Launch: On-Demand
Course Access:  90 days from date of purchase

5 Hours


About This Course

Course Description

In this course, you'll learn:

1. The purpose and value of controls and controls management

  • The value add of controls management
  • Key objectives of controls and controls management
  • Controls as enablers

2. What are risks, treatments and controls?

  • Understanding objectives and critical processes
  • Components of risk
  • Introduction to the risk bow tie method
  • Treatment methods

3. Types of controls and control frameworks

  • Types of control classifications
  • Benefits of control classifications
  • Control taxonomies
  • What is and is not a control Introduction to control frameworks

4. How controls modify risk

  • Measures of risk
  • Side effects of controls
  • How different types of controls modify risk

5. Measuring controls

  • Difference between effectiveness of individual controls and
  • Groups of controls
  • Key elements to determine control effectiveness

6. Control objectives

  • Importance of well articulated control objectives 
  • A method to consistently articulate control objectives
  • Alternative control objective methodologies

7. Designing effective controls

  • Starting with control objectives
  • Factors to consider when assessing design effectiveness

8. Operating effective controls

  • Factors to consider when assessing operating effectiveness

9. Control assurance

  • Components of control assurance
  • Types of control tests
  • Sources of information about controls
  • Overview of sampling methods
  • Measuring control effectiveness

10. Controls assessment

  • Assessing groups of controls
  • Using bow ties to identify control gaps

11. Issues & actions

  • Types of issues identified during controls management
  • Considering treatment methods and cost of controls

12. Controls reporting

  • Reporting for controls
  • Providing controls assurance through reporting
  • Escalation, response and issues and action management

13. Control ownership and culture

  • Reinforcing the three lines of defense
  • Ownership, accountability and responsibility for controls
  • Building a strong control culture

Course Expectations:

  • Watch 25 videos
  • Answer 9 knowledge questions
  • Answer 10 quiz questions
  • 4 downloadable materials


  • 4 hours of video content
  • Approximately 5 hours for the whole course

About Our Experts


David Tattam is the Chief Research & Content Officer and co-founder of the Protecht Group. David's vision is to redefine the way the world thinks about risk and to develop risk management to its rightful place as being a key driver of value creation in each of Protecht's customers.

Michael Howell is Protecht's Research and Content Lead. He is passionate about the field of risk management and related disciplines, with a focus on helping organisations succeed using a ‘decisions eyes wide open’ approach.

Continued Risk Learning Credits: 5

PRMIA Continued Risk Learning (CRL) programs provide you with the opportunity to formally recognize your professional development, documenting your evolution as a risk professional. Employers can see that you are not static, making you a highly valued, dynamic, and desirable employee. The CRL program is open to all Contributing, Sustaining, and Risk Leader members, providing a convenient and easily accessible way to submit, manage, track and document your activities online through the PRMIA CRL Center. To request CRL credits, please email [email protected].

 Membership Type Price
 Members $479
 Non-members $599

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