Annette: Our First CIA Exam Blogger from Africa


Annette passed Part 1 and Part 2 and recently after trying so many times, she passed Part 3. Her advocacy is to help internal audit profession grown in Namibia where CIA is not that big.

She wrote her experiences to inspire the other aspiring internal auditors like her when she started her career.

Annette’s Exam Journey:

1. November 21: Say Hello to Annette, Our First Blogger from Africa!

An introduction about Annette and her life in Africa. She talked about why she keeps on pushing through to get the CIA certification.

2. November 28: 5 Golden Rules to Earn Your CIA Certification

Annette pointed out the 5 major inputs to earn the CIA certification.

3. December 19: Quality in Internal Auditing 

On this post, Annette talks about the importance of quality work in auditing, such as implementation of standards and its significance. She realized that what we’ve learned at school may not directly apply to daily work.

4. January 2: The Dilemma of Studying

A great post where Annette talked about the real struggle in studying for these professional exams.

5. January 9: 5 things I Wish I Had Known before Applying for CIA

A very practical post where Annette lists the 5 important things that you should know before you even apply for the CIA program. She has learned them the hard way and hopes you don’t repeat her mistakes.

6. January 16: Exploring My Own Learning Style

This is a good summary of her own learning style. She believes that everybody has his/her own study habits but sharing hers might help other aspiring CIAs.

7. February 10: I am Finally Certified!

After trying it for 7 times, Annette finally made it! She passed Part 3 on Feb 6, 2017. She shares what she did differently this time.

8. February 24: Work and Life in Namibia (the life part)

Annette has got a lot to talk about Namibia. What the place looks like and the kind of life that she has living in the country.

9. March 3: My 12 Steps after Passing the CIA Exam

All about what she did after passing the final part. She talks about the entire process before she was able to hold the certificate in her hands.

10. March 17: Work and Life in Namibia (the work part)

After passing the final part, Annette this time talks about her work life. Sharing how it is to work in a small country like Namibia.

11. March 31: The Colorful Namibia as Painted by Annette

A good read if you want to visit Namibia. Annette gives some pointers about what to do, where to go and other details about the country’s safety for tourists.

12. May 29: Celebrating IIA Awareness Month

See how Annette continues her passion in promoting the IA profession but telling others what she does on a daily basis.

13. June 15: Life as a Certified Internal Auditor

Annette shares how her career has progressed after getting the CIA certification: promotion to manager level, a good salary raise, and… a big surprise!

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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!

  • Varun Krishnan says:

    Hi Annette,

    I am currently working in Windhoek (Namibia), and I would also like to take up CIA. I already am an ACCA member.

    I have a problem with getting the study material. So far, they seem to be extremely costly and was wondering if you were able to source the study material locally or went with the Gleim exam prep (around 950 USD!).

    Your help would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Varun Krishnan

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