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What are all the qualifications to become a Auditor?

I want to become a Auditor. Please tell me the way to achieve my goal. #auditor

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Tina’s Answer

You will want to understand what your local jurisdictional requirements are - for example, in the U.S., you would need to pursue a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license. While I have not worked with anyone from Austria, I have worked with many people who have come from lots of different countries that have had similar requirements (Chartered Accountant is a common term in Europe and Asia). In order to obtain such a license, you will likely need to fulfill an education requirement, so you will want to research and understand that as well.
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Brandon’s Answer

I can only speak for those in Canada, so I'm not sure how much this will help but here's how it worked for me (and how it still works today):


1) Obtain a university degree from an accredited university


2) If your degree is business related, you'll want to select the accounting specialization (or "major")


3) If your degree is not business related, that's okay! After you graduate, regardless of your degree, you'll need to enroll in a post graduate program that offers the CPA "prerequisite" courses. A school that I know offers this is the University of British Columbia (you can google the UBC DAP program). DAP stands for "Diploma in Accounting."


4) Once you start step 2 or 3 above you'll want to begin networking with the Accounting/Auditing firms in your region. The best way to get a start is by getting in touch with your faculty and they will point you in the right direction. Most university's have "clubs" or "groups" specifically designed for this purpose. Ensure you network with a firm that has audit roles (that won't be difficult as all the firms have auditor positions).


5) The firms you begin to make contact with will communicate to you when application deadlines are and what positions they have open. They will also inform you on the specific application process for their firm.


Hope this helps!


Brandon




Whilst in the process of step 2 or 3 (depending

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Reynolds’s Answer

To become an auditor one must have at least a bachelors degree in Accounting. Some employers may prefer those with masters degree in accounting. MBA with specialization in finance can also be a right subject choice. Courses in economics, business studies and humanities are also helpful. Some universities conduct specialised courses in auditing. Along with subject specialisation, computer literacy is also essential. One must take a course in computer accounting software's such as Tally or some other related diplomas. One can further take up more advanced courses like ICWA, CA, Company Secretary ship or CPA (certified public accountant in the USA)etc. There are certain auditor certifications provided by international audit associations such as Institute of Internal auditors (IIA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) etc which are globally accepted. The Institute of Internal auditors gives Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation and ISACA provides Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification, respectively. CISA qualified Auditors have been recognized as qualified to conduct Systems Audit by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Ministry of Information Technology (MIT), National Stock Exchange, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG).
Personal attributes
Accountants should have an aptitude for mathematics and be able to analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly. They must be able to communicate well and have an eye for detail. Familiarity with computerized accounting packages is a great asset for present generation auditors. They must be able to work as a team. Must have high standards of integrity and accuracy as major decisions are made based on financial statements given by them. They must also be reliable and trust worthy.

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Ramzi’s Answer

If the question is about a financial audit qualification (auditor of client's financial statements), you need to be BA and then have a chartered accountant qualification. This depends on where you will exercise. For example in the US, the certification is called CPA (Certified Public Accountant). In other countries it is just called Chartered Accountants (CA). After you pass the CA exam, you need to spend a number of years practicing audit with another audit firm and completing a set of professional training.
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Lindsey’s Answer

I am in the Internal Audit field so I am speaking from that lens when answering. Typically you need a Bachelors degree; however, it does not necessarily have to be in Accounting. We have hired candidates with other applicable degrees and experience. Other than that it is really about having the right hard and soft skills. You must have an eye for detail and be able to think critically. You also need to have the good communication and writing skills. Lastly, you must have professional skepticism, integrity and be credible and trustworthy.
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Omar’s Answer

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Thank you comment icon Omar, can you explain these concepts further? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Amra’s Answer

Yes, you need at least a BA, but you do not have to have a degree in accounting to be an auditor. If you a degree in IT, you can become tech auditor. If you have a degree in electric engineering, nothing prevents you to become an auditor in that industry.... Check the LSU CIA Program, and see how you can become an auditor regardless your degree:)
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