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4th Quarter 2013
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Certification Spotlight: Gordon Perry

Gordon Perry, CIA 
Supervisor, Internal Audit

Gordon Perry joined Vale Canada internal audit in 2009 and has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of internal auditing, risk management, fraud and allegation investigations. Throughout his career, Perry has held various positions in internal and external auditing and has had the opportunity to live in and travel to places, such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Brazil, Indonesia, and now Canada.

He holds a Bachelors of Accounting Science degree specializing in auditing and accounting from the University of South Africa. In addition to his CIA, Perry is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Gordon Perry ,CIA
  1. What prompted you to become a CIA?
    After becoming a member of IIA–South Africa, I learned that the CIA designation was the global standard for internal auditors and decided to take the next step in my career and become certified.
  2. Did your organization fund your exam fees or preparation materials? If yes, was it the corporate culture or did you have to sell the value of certification?
    Fortunately, my organization funded my membership in The IIA and covered all costs related to the CIA exam. Senior internal audit management at my organization actively promoted the CIA designation and encouraged all auditors to become certified. To make things a little more interesting, they created some healthy competition among auditors; we were all challenged to see who could pass their exams the first time.
  3. How many of your colleagues are certified?
    Our internal audit department consists of eight employees, of which six are CIA certified and another has one exam part remaining.
  4. How does having the CIA set you apart from your non-certified peers?
    Having the CIA designation is an automatic recognition of competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field. It has helped me earn increased creditability among the profession and my organization.
  5. How did you prepare for the exam?
    I used resources like the Gleim Exam Review, study guide, and test prep to prepare for the exams. In addition, I believe my work experience as an internal auditor in a department that promoted adherence to the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF, helped me build the foundation to enable me to pass the exams.
  6. How has being a CIA helped your career?
    Having the CIA designation has given me a distinct advantage in my career and provided me with numerous job opportunities. As a globally recognized certification that validates your qualifications and experience, the CIA opens the door, allowing you to move anywhere in the world. This gives immigration authorities and employers confidence in accepting your application. I received my CIA while living in South Africa and it has helped me in securing jobs in Botswana, Namibia, and finally with my immigration to Canada. It has also assisted me in securing work permits for short-term assignments in the UAE, Indonesia, and Europe.
  7. What advice do you have for others who are seeking certification?
    I would begin by purchasing the CIA Learning System supported by The IIA and take as many practice exams as you can. In addition, a great advantage is to work for an internal audit department that complies with the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and IPPF.