Navigation:


DISCUSSIONS > CERTIFICATION [ REFRESH ]
Thread Title: Which one? CIA or CGAP?
Created On Monday June 25, 2012 3:05 PM
  Which one? CIA or CGAP?
  Which one? CIA or CGAP?
  Which one? CIA or CGAP?
  Which one? CIA or CGAP?


ChrisR


Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 2012

Monday June 25, 2012 3:05 PM

User is offline View users profile View thread in raw text format

I'm trying to decide whether I should take the CIA exams or the CGAP exam. I have 5-1/2 years of auditing government grants and contracts, so I think CGAP makes sense for me and my experience. And I don't see myself leaving this area of auditing anytime in the near future. However, I've been doing some preliminary job searches and it looks like most, even government auditing jobs, require the CIA designation. I don't know if they just don't know that the CGAP exists, or if they're just using "CIA" loosely in their job postings - meaning they'd also accept the CGAP...

The CIA is more universally recognized so it looks good on paper and seems like it will help to get your foot in the door for various auditing positions but the CGAP seems to make more sense if that's one's area of expertise. But then again, I don't want to waste time, money and energy on a certification that won't be acknowledged.

Any thoughts???

Reply
Quote
Top
Bottom



hopingtopass


Posts: 17
Joined: Jul 2012

Tuesday July 10, 2012 1:46 AM

User is offline View thread in raw text format

While CGAP designation would certainly be helpful to distinguish you from other candidates with similar experience when applying for governmental audit jobs, I believe CIA designation would give you more flexibility in the future, should you choose to exit government auditing. I believe you likely could easily pass CGAP with your experience, so why not do CIA, then follow up with CGAP? It seems there would be some overlap in some testing topics.

Reply
Quote
Top
Bottom



ChrisR


Posts: 2
Joined: Jun 2012

Wednesday July 11, 2012 10:48 AM

User is offline View users profile View thread in raw text format

Yeah, I think I'm going to move forward with the CIA. Thanks for your response!

Reply
Quote
Top
Bottom



Explorer


Posts: 6
Joined: Aug 2012

Tuesday August 07, 2012 3:21 PM

User is offline View thread in raw text format

I have both. CGAP is a good one and for me was far easier than the CIA. I also was able to get it a lot faster. I would go for the CGAP first, but the CIA is more prestegious. CGAP helped me prepare a little for the CIA as well.

Reply
Quote
Top
Bottom

DISCUSSIONS > CERTIFICATION [ REFRESH ]
The Institute of Internal Auditors • 247 Maitland Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL. 32701-4201 USA
+1-407-937-1100 • FAX +1-407-937-1101 • www.theiia.org