All posts by Stephanie

CIA vs CPA: Which Certification is Better… or Less Difficult?

Shares
cia vs cpa

CIA vs CPA has been a hot debate among auditors. What’s your take? CPA vs CIA Comparison at a Glance Focus & Recognition Focus General audit and accounting Internal audit Overall recognition Industry recognition Exam Requirements Entry barrier Need bachelor degree? 150 credit hours needed? Accounting concentration? Min. accounting courses? Exam Format # exam days […]

Continue reading

Why Internal Audit Jobs have Promising Career Prospect

Shares
internal audit jobs

Internal audit jobs are traditionally considered unpleasant work — business units see them as annoying cops, and management sees them as necessary evil. But things have changed for the better. Internal auditors’ work has become more positive and strategic: In many organizations now, internal auditors are seen less, or not at all, as ‘policemen,’ but […]

Continue reading

CIA Exam Expiration Issue (Don’t Panic! I’ve got Solution)

Shares

Many accounting certifications have a certain eligibility period. In other words, once your application is approved, you must complete the exam within the specified months. For example, CPA exam has a 18 month window, and the CMA program has to be completed in 3 years. Is there an “expiration date” also for the CIA exam? […]

Continue reading

Becker CIA Review and its Best Alternative: My Recommendation

Shares

I’ve got quite a few questions on Becker CIA Review: on whether it is good, how to get it and the cost. The reality is that there is no such thing as Becker CIA Review. But then, if you like the Becker brand, I can recommend review courses that live up to your expectation. Why […]

Continue reading

CIA Exam Difficulty vs Other Accounting Certifications

Shares

Before you embark on the CIA journey, you might want to understand how tough it is to get the qualification. For example, how is the CIA exam difficulty when compared to other popular accounting qualifications, notably the CPA? Let’s take a look. CIA Exam Difficulty in terms of Format CIA Exam One aspect that is […]

Continue reading

CIA Exam Registration and Application Process: Are You Ready?

Shares

The CIA exam registration and application is very straightforward because everything can be done online. IIA runs the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) that it handles the entire application and registration process smoothly. It also allows you to monitor your certification progress, access exam scores, report the continuing professional education (CPE) credits, and print receipts […]

Continue reading

How to Become a CIA in 12 Months: My Awesome Complete Guide

Shares
how to become a certified internal auditor

What’s the most direct way to become a Certified Internal Auditor? Here are the 10 steps. 1. Understand the Long Term Benefits Stop looking up the application form. The CIA certification is granted by the Institution of Internal Auditors, and is the only global qualification for internal auditors. While it adds great value to many […]

Continue reading

Fail CIA Exam? 3 Ways to Regain Your Momentum Today

Shares
fail cia exam

Failing the CIA exam can be one of the most frustrating experience. You spent hours preparing for the exam and now you are back to zero. Lynnel is our blogger from the Philippines. She didn’t pass Part 1 the first time, but after she took the time to reflect on her weak areas, and worked […]

Continue reading

CIA Exam Part 2: Complete Syllabus (How Tough vs Part 1?)

Shares
cia exam part 2

Whether you have passed Part 1 of the CIA exam or want to take Part 2 first, you can find details on the syllabus, exam format and difficulty as perceived by my readers below. CIA Exam Part 2 Syllabus 1. Managing the Internal Audit Function (40-50%) Strategic role of Internal Audit: what IA adds value […]

Continue reading

CIA Exam Part 1: Complete Syllabus plus 3 Good Tips

Shares
cia exam part 1

Are you preparing the first part of the Certified Internal Auditor exam? Here is an overview of the syllabus, exam content, format and level of difficulty of CIA Exam Part 1. Part 1 Exam Format This is the longest exam section among the three, with 125 questions to be completed in 2.5 hours. All questions […]

Continue reading
>