Auditor Handbook

The purpose of the PREA Auditor Handbook is: to articulate DOJ’s expectations for all DOJ-certified PREA auditors; establish requirements for auditor conduct and audit methodology; provide transparency to all stakeholders regarding the expected audit methodology; and serve as an easy-to-use reference guide for conducting high-quality, objective, comprehensive, and reliable PREA audits.

The handbook covers the following core topics: 

  • Auditing contracts and compensation
  • Auditor code of conduct
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Auditor training and certification process
  • Auditor certification requirements
  • PREA audit methodology 
  • DOJ audit oversight
  • Maintaining, losing, or giving up certification
  • Auditor resources

Although the handbook contains essential information that auditors need to know, it is a living document that must be updated and adapted over time to meet the evolving needs of DOJ, PREA auditors, and the field.

REMINDER: PREA auditors are required to read the PREA Auditor Handbook and should refer to it often in the course of their work. Auditors must uphold the requirements included in the handbook  to maintain their DOJ certification. Failure to follow these requirements may result in disciplinary review by the PREA Management Office, which may impact an auditor’s DOJ certification.