There is no specific time limit. However, a CPA certification or other certification may be required for the position you are applying for and/or advancement within specific career tracks. Within these career tracks, you would be encouraged to make continuous progress toward taking and passing the CPA exam (or exam for another primary certification that may be required for the job and/or career track).
On-the-job training is the principle method of training new auditors. In addition, you will attend classes on work papers techniques, recent laws passed by the legislature, governmental accounting, understanding the audit process, audit evidence, Excel, Lotus Notes, etc. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) training is provided to all employees each year.
There is no typical work-week. You could be working in town on an audit or you may be out of town. You may be reviewing previous working papers or reports from other states and organizations. You may spend time traveling to an audit site and then evaluating evidence obtained during the audit process, or you may go to interesting places such as a state prison or wildlife management area to make site observations. You may be involved in interviewing high-level government officials one day and testifying before a legislative committee the next. You may be involved in drafting critical sections of very important audit reports or discussing your audit findings and ways to correct the cited deficiencies with state agency heads or legislators. As we said, there is no typical work-week!
Business conservative attire is required for meetings with legislators and their staff, formal interviews with agency management, etc. Business appropriate attire is acceptable for all other situations.
Staff Auditor 1s are eligible for promotion to Staff Auditor 2 after one year depending upon performance and experience. However, advancement beyond Staff Auditor 2 is competitive. In addition, to be promoted above the Senior Auditor 1, you will likely be required to obtain a CPA credential or other primary certification (e.g., CIA, CISA, etc.) appropriate to the service area.
Our salaries are competitive, and we review them regularly to make sure that they stay that way. An entry level salary ranges from $46,800 to $59,280. Employees are eligible for annual salary increases based on satisfactory performance. Additional increases may be received for obtaining professional certifications such as the CPA or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation.