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Audit has functionality enabling the user to lock the work program content once it has been customized.

Work programs can be locked at the engagement level in two ways:

Locking Method Description

Lock all procedure customizations

Locks all customizations of the work procedures. Users can complete the existing procedures but cannot add any new procedures, delete or edit existing procedures.

Lock existing procedure customizations

All existing procedures currently in the work program are locked from modifications. Users can add, modify and edit new user created procedures.

For example, this function can be used to ensure that the engagement team completing the work program does not modify the procedures and completes the work program with the authored content as is.

When user procedure customizations have been locked, the Optimiser does not delete procedures when the work program is opened, even if the procedure threshold is above the overall assessed risk.

If user procedure customizations are locked by the engagement team, the lock is automatically removed after year end close has been performed. User procedures customizations that have been created by the firm author are retained after year end close.


  • Each work program must be locked independently.

  • The locked state of the document is indicated by the unlocked or locked icon to the left of the document name. Hovering over the icon displays a tooltip indicating the lock state, while clicking on the icon launches the feature.
  • For firms using the Working Papers Protection feature, the Lock User Procedure Customization feature requires the user to belong to a group with a CaseView Access Level of 6 or higher.

    For more detailed information on protection, users, and groups in Working Papers, refer to Protection.

This online help system applies to all Caseware Audit, Review and Compilation products. Not all features are available in all products.