I need to be Certified

Having spent the past 3+ years in internal audit, first for a global building materials manufacturer and now with a Canadian retailer, I figured I ought to go for the certification and make it official.

So, a couple months ago I committed to earning the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. The first step was to register with the IIA as a candidate, which is done entirely online.

The next step was to select and acquire study materials. The IIA has their own package, which they’re quite fond of based on some phone conversations I had with one of their representatives, and Gleim is another popular one, as far as I can tell from cruising the various LinkedIn internal auditor group discussions.

I went a different route. I had attended an IIA social event for new members (Toronto chapter) back in April, where I met a fellow CA who had more recently achieved her CIA as well, and she recommended Hock as a cost-effective alternative. So far I’m liking it, having worked my way through the textbook for Part 1 of the exam. I’ve begun to use their software (ExamSuccess) to take even more practice questions. (The textbook also has them, sprinkled throughout.)

The CIA exam is four parts, but if you’re a CA or CPA you can apply to be exempted from the final part. Part 4 covers strategic management, global business environments, organizational behaviour, management skills and negotiating.

I’m quite a nerd, so I actually enjoy studying and answering practice questions. Now that I’ve begun the process, I’m surprised I didn’t start it sooner!

Update (Dec. 6, 2011): The budget dropped out for training for the rest of the year and the CIA fell by the wayside. Maybe in 2012!

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Five years of blogging… Sort of

It has been five years since my first post on Feb. 18, 2006. In a way it’s the 5-year anniversary for this blog, but I haven’t really been writing as frequently lately as I should be in order to claim that legitimately. This is my first post in 2011!

So to celebrate, I’m raiding the archives and taking a stroll down memory lane.

Google Docs to surpass Office in a year: Google Docs has made great strides, but it still didn’t really happen, did it? A great alternative though for the cash-strapped with basic needs.

Why your organization should be using open document standards: What can I say, I’m a standards kinda guy. I still strongly believe in open standards, but I’ve also become pretty enamored with the XML-based formats for Office. Such small file sizes compared to the old binary formats!

Return to blogging: Ah my initial return from hiatus. I left public accounting and took a year long sabbatical to strike out into the world of internal audit. A year later, I knew everything there was to know and returned to share my knowledge. (Kidding!)

Today I am a CA: This is what I’d been working toward and blogging about since the beginning, and it was a very proud day to announce it to my readers! Next up: Certified Internal Auditor!

Here’s the hoping I blog more frequently over the next five years. Thanks for being a part of it.