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annette-cia-exam-blogger-circleAnnette is our first exam blogger from Namibia. This is her first post. Welcome!

Hi. First a bit about myself. My name is Annette and I am 28 years old. I am born and currently live in Windhoek in Namibia (south west Africa). I went to boarding school as my parents own a farm. After school I went to a university in Cape Town to study Internal Auditing. After my National Diploma I left university and moved back to Namibia. I started working at a Big Four in May 2011.

Now let me share a little about Internal Audit and IIA in Namibia. As per June statistics from the IIA Namibia we had 34 CIA’s in Namibia. That is not a lot. We do have quite a few internal auditors but not so many that pursue the CIA. I myself registered end of 2011 for the CIA and have passed Part 1 and 2 already. More on the struggles of my CIA studies in another post.

Unfortunately, one of the reasons the CIA or any other IIA certification is not big in Namibia is due to the lack of information. To train in South Africa (our affiliated chapter) is very expensive. Therefore all I know about the IIA and certification programs I had to research myself. I notice also that many of my colleagues also are not aware of the requirements of the certifications.

Then one day I stumbled upon this blog, as I was looking for a community that shares actual experiences. I love this blog! I have since recommended to my colleagues to follow this blog too.

I would really like to help the internal audit profession grow in Namibia (and even worldwide). We have such a great potential here, albeit a small market, there is a serious lack of passionate and qualified internal auditors. Maybe by writing down my experiences other aspiring internal auditors can relate and not feel that they are all alone out there (the way I felt at the beginning of my career).

Note from Stephanie

namibiaIt’s awesome to have you Annette! It’s really exciting to find readers from Namibia.

(To readers who are as clueless as I am, I include a map for your reference. It makes sense how Namibian accountants go to South Africa for training).

I can feel your passion in helping out in the industry, in your country, and as you said, around the world. There are lots of things that we can do, and I am happy to be a part of it. Let us know what we can do! We at least would be the loyal readers of your blog posts 🙂

About the Author Annette S

Hello, I was born, raised and have been working in Namibia as an internal auditor. I finally passed my CIA exam after 7 attempts on Part 3!

  • Sylvia N says:

    Welcome Annette! I look forward to hearing about your experiences!

  • Hendra says:

    HI Annette, what you’ve achieved with such a limited resources had inspired me,

    Hope you’ll be passed your part 3 soon, love to hear from your story more.

    • Annette says:

      Hi Hendra. Yes lol, I am getting really good at using Google/YouTube and finding my way around the Global IIA website 🙂

  • Badryah Al Belooshi says:

    Welcome Annette, I hope that you will pass CIA part 3 soon

    Best wishes

    Badryah Al Belooshi

  • Vidya says:

    Hi Annette I have just started reading the cia books..I’m inspired to do this after watching some videos of Stephanie and since then I’ve researched a lot..I want to know that such Gleim package is best suited for preparing for the exams on my own

    • Annette says:

      Hi Vidya,

      I have just written a reply to Jessica in the post “5 Golden Rules…” where I noted the material I used for Part 1 and 2 (Gleim was enough) and especially Part 3.

      Everyone has a different learning style and different educational background, e.g. for me I struggle with Part 3 because my university course did not focus much on organisational structures, leadership principles and Global Business environments.

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