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How to Become an Auditor

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How to Become an Auditor. An auditor is a person whose job is closely related to an accountant. Auditors review companies' financial records including taxes, receipts and purchase orders. They scrutinize financial statements to make sure all the information is accurate and complies with federal law. Internal auditors work with the records of the business that employs them while tax and independent auditors may work for more than one company or individual. An education background including accounting and math is helpful if you want to become an auditor. There are several certification opportunities for auditors.

Become an Auditor

Take algebra and accounting classes in high school. These are important math skills to have if you want to pursue an auditing career.

If you have not taken these courses by the time you graduate, enroll in a community college program.

Investigate employment opportunities at local accounting firms or government agencies. Consider applying for a clerk position if no auditing positions are available. Having a related job will help you gain experience working with numbers as you prepare to apply for a job as an auditor.

Become a Certified Auditor

Complete a Bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university. Majoring in accounting or a related field is a plus.

Work for 2 years as an internal auditor. This is the requirement for the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) credential as well as more specialized certifications conferred by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Decide which certification is beneficial to you based on your current or potential career. Certifications include the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) and the Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP).

Order official transcripts from your college. They are required as part of the application process.

Ask a supervisor or professor who is aware of your accounting and auditing abilities to fill out a Character Reference Form.

Study topics in auditing for the multi-part certification exam. These may including business analysis and management, how to conduct an audit and governance and risk. The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has study curriculum and sample exam questions which may assist you (see Resources below).

Register and sit for the certification examination you have chosen. Each exam is given twice a year at more than 200 locations around the world.

Tip

It is not necessary to become certified in order to work in the auditing field, but it is highly recommended. Those who complete certification are highly regarded in their profession as upholding the standards of a well-known professional organization.

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