Accounting Influencers Roundtable


The Role of Accounting Bodies & Exams with Sabine Charles

Episode 35. In today’s interview, “The Role of Accounting Bodies & Exams with Sabine Charles.”

Sabine has over 20-years internal audit, accounting, and risk management experience in Internal Audit Controls, Business Risk, Fraud Investigation and Operational Auditing in financial services and higher education industries. She received a MS in Accounting and a BA degree in Accounting & Economics, from CUNY – Queens College. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), ITIL 4 – Foundation Certification, Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professional (CHIAP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT).

Her book “Cracking the Code: Techniques for Certification Exam Success” demonstrates clear and concise techniques to uniquely prepare clients for certification exams; and most importantly, to pass.

Key takeaways from this episode include:

➤ how the ‘breed’ of accountants has changed over the years and what the drives for that change have been

➤ the key ways in which accounting exams have evolved over the years and whether they are more rigorous than before

➤ how accountancy students and accountants in training have changed the way they study to get better results

➤ what doesn’t work for accounting students who are trying to pass their professional examinations

➤ the importance of learning styles for would-be accountants and CPAs studying exams

➤ why professional qualifications and examinations for accountants are no longer fit for purpose in a changing world

➤ the lack of correlation between emotional intelligence required by accounting leaders, and what they are assessed on to qualify

➤ the five critical skills that modern day accountants and CPAs need to be successful

➤ the need for auditors, CPAs and accountants to have marketing and presenting skills

➤ what it really means for accountants and CPAs to be seen as a trusted advisor

➤ how the motto of ‘make yourself proud’ plays out in the life of a professional

➤ the role of continued professional education (CPE) or continued professional development (CPD) for accountants

➤ how technology is finding its way into accounting certifications but change is happening too slowly

➤ how CPA and accounting qualifications do not necessarily teach students to think and adapt to the world of work

➤ the problems with CPE and CPD in being too technical for accounting professionals, and ignoring the softer skills

➤ what happens to accountants who just want to ‘get the A’ with examinations and play the exam game

➤ key principles in teaching smart people like accountants how to learn

➤ how accountants, students and CPAs can crack the examination code

➤ advice and words of wisdom for wannabe accountants who want to level up and ‘make themselves proud’

Sabine’s proudest achievement is her family, including her son, Alexander who is on his way to becoming a professional soccer player, daughter, Victoria, who is her biggest advocate and spouse, John, a successful banker, and farmer. Sabine is an avid meditator and enjoys inspirational reading, fitness, and travel.

Sabine is also on Twitter and Youtube @TAPAInstitute

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