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​​​Research: IIA Membership a "Powerful Catalyst for Change"​

In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here's an excerpt from his latest post:

One of the fundamental goals for any professional organization is to recruit members. Often, practitioners who are busy building and advancing their careers fail to recognize the benefits offered by organizations such as The IIA.

For more than 25 years, I have believed the benefits The IIA offers are plentiful, clear, and essential. As a chief audit executive (CAE) struggling to manage the complex internal audit operations of the U.S. Army in the early 1990s, I discovered the vast resources of The IIA. In the years that passed, regardless of the audit organizations I led, I always maintained a tight connection with The IIA. Of course, now as The IIA's Global CEO, I'm sure I am biased, but let's take a quick look at what IIA membership offers in 2018:

  • The components of the International Professional Practices Framework provide foundational philosophies, standards, and guidance that help practitioners provide independent and unbiased assurance and advisory services.
  • Access to continuing education and exclusive thought leadership, including members-only webinars and tools, that strengthen capacity and skills.
  • A suite of certifications — the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) principal among them —that demonstrate expertise to stakeholders and others.
  • Local, regional, and global conferences that connect peers from around the world to share best practices.

The list goes on, yet I still encounter those who are reluctant to see the value in such direct and intrinsic benefits. Truthfully, some of the benefits are available to nonmember practitioners, but there are intangible paybacks that only membership provides. I am not surprised that internal auditors often seek independent evidence or proof of the benefits of membership. I believe recently published research offers yet more proof for the skeptics.

Read the full InternalAuditor.org blog post from IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers.