Auditor Kaitātari Kaute

Auditors examine and report on the financial records and systems of organisations to ensure they are accurate.

Most employers require you to be a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ).

Licensed auditors

Financial issuer auditors must be licensed. Financial issuers are corporations, investment trusts or government agencies.

To become a licensed auditor, the Financial Markets Authority requires you to:

  • complete a commerce, business or accounting degree from an approved university
  • be a member of CAANZ
  • have a New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Certificate of Public Practice and an NZICA Advanced Certificate of Competence.

Auditors may do some or all of the following:

  • examine the financial statements and accounting methods of organisations to ensure they are accurate and comply with regulations
  • find and report accounting errors
  • check funds are used wisely and within the law, especially in government departments
  • assess any risks to the business
  • prepare audit reports, explain findings to managers, and advise on solutions to any problems
  • check that organisations have followed audit recommendations.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for auditors includes:

  • accounting
  • communications work
  • information technology work.

Personal Qualities

Auditors need to be:

  • able to keep information private
  • motivated and organised
  • good at making decisions
  • skilled at solving problems
  • methodical and accurate
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at communicating 
  • able to analyse and interpret data.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for auditors includes:

  • accounting
  • communications work
  • information technology work.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include accounting, business studies, English, maths with statistics and/or calculus, and economics.

Auditors can earn around $45K-$54K per year per year.

Auditors may progress to work as:

  • audit managers
  • associate directors/partners
  • audit directors, after gaining experience as associate directors/partners.

Auditors may specialise in:

  • computer audits
  • environmental audits
  • tax services
  • trust account audits
  • trustee supervision
  • risk management
  • external audits – when an organisation contracts in an auditor
  • internal audits – when an organisation is audited by an employee
  • forensic accounting – investigating unusual financial transactions that could be illegal
  • corporate governance support – making sure that management, boards, shareholders and other stakeholders know about professional accounting standards.

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