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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top 5 certifications to increase your market value

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Einstein once said that, "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death". College education is not enough in a fast-changing and technologically-advanced civilization we currently live. Most people would agree that education through school and colleges will not guarantee you financial security and personal fulfilment.

Various researches and studies show that obsolescence rate of several jobs-- both in the blue-collar and white-collar area are at an increasing pace. News in every part of the globe shows unemployment problems as quite rampant. This fact is enough to urge you to increase your technical know-how and advance in your playing field.

As business professionals facing the increasing challenges brought by advancements in technology and its implications on risk management, CPAs and other accounting professionals must upgrade their skillset to stay abreast with these challenges and create new possibilities for innovation.

These are the top lists of highly-recognized certifications that would fuel up the market value of CPAs as business professionals:

1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

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CRISC Certification is offered by an independent, non-profit global association focusing in information systems, ISACA. The organization was previously called Information Systems Audit and Control Association (which actually is the spelled out name of ISACA). CRISC is geared towards IT Risk Management. Its aim is to train IT and business professionals to understand business risks related to IT and its impact to the whole organization and the implementation of appropriate IS controls. CRISC landed as no.1 top-paying Certification, based from the survey conducted by, with an average annual pay of $120,000.00.

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2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Also offered by ISACA, CISM Certification focuses on systems security management. Professionals who possess this certification focuses on security strategy. Similar with CRISC Certification, CISM is also one of the highest paid certification earning an average annual pay of $118,348.00. The certification requires at least five years of experience in IS, with at least three of those as a security manager.

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