Category Archives for Internal Audit Career

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

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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 […]

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Why Internal Audit Jobs have Promising Career Prospect

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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 […]

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CIA vs CISA: Which is a Better Certification for Your Career?

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How do you compare CIA vs CISA? In a nutshell:  CIA is for generalists; CISA is for specialists. What exactly does it mean? Check out my analysis below. CIA vs CISA Comparison at a Glance Focus & Recognition Focus General internal audit IT audit Overall recognition Industry recognition Exam Requirements Exam entry barrier Bachelor (waiver […]

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IT Audit Career Path, Salary, Hours and Exit Opportunities

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You are interested in both auditing and systems, and witness the increasing role of IT in the accounting industry. What do you need to know when mapping your IT Audit career path? What is IT Audit? IT auditors look at the accounting and information systems. They determine whether controls over the system are strong enough, […]

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IIA Certifications: CIA, CGAP, CFSA, CCSA, CRMA (Confused?)

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Most accountants have heard of the CIA certification, but you may not know that there are specialty certifications offered by the IIA. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Certification This is the general designation for internal auditors, and the most globally recognized. We cover Certified Internal Auditor exam primarily in this site. The CIA exam itself is […]

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CIA vs CISA vs CISSP: 3 Respected Internal Audit Certifications

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We often wonder which certification is the best in enhancing our careers. In the internal audit, compliance and securities world, we have a few to choose from Certified Internal Auditors (CIA) This is the most recognized certification for internal auditors. The certification is granted by the IIA, a US-based institute with local chapters and members […]

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Is CIA Worth It? 3 Reasons to Become Certified Internal Auditor

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Most accountants aspire to become a CPA, but doubts remain for other accounting qualifications such as the Certified Internal Auditor designation. 3 Reasons Why You Want to Become a Certified Internal Auditor Is CIA Worth it? Let’s take a look. 1. Part of a Global Organization in the Internal Audit Profession The IIA is an […]

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How to Apply CIA Exam Knowledge to Your Internal Audit Career

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I’ve got a great suggestion from fellow reader Hossam G. on how we can “link our knowledge in CIA exam with what we do in daily life”. In other words, how do we apply what we learn in our job? Here are my thoughts. Your comments are most welcome. 1. Understanding the Big Picture Early […]

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CIA Designation: How Soon Can I Use the Title?

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You have passed the CIA exam, and it’s time to reap the rewards. Now, how soon can you use the title on your resume and business cards? Getting the CIA Designation Once you pass an exam and meet all other program requirements, you will be eligible to receive your certificate. To order your certificate, you […]

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CISA Salary in 2018: Analysis and Trend

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Robert Half publishes an annual salary guide for accountants and audits full of useful information. I would like to present the details on IT audit salary, together with the premium if you get a CISA certification. IT Audit Salary Overview From 2015 to 2016, the IT audit profession has seen a respectable 5% increase in […]

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