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New IIC Website Now Active
 
I am happy to announce that you are viewing the NEW IIC website. We have switched over to a Membership based web vendor WildApricot, which will allow members greater flexibility to make adjustments to their accounts, pay their annual dues, and have access to the Members Only Portal that will restrict access to valuable benefits such as samples of ICQ's to members in good standing. The new website will also allow candidates to register for membership and certification using both html pages as well as interactive pdf files.
 

In designing the new website my team is ensuring that the website does not become too cluttered which can cause it to be unusable or difficult to navigate. As a professor of Information Systems I have taught how the design of websites must be manageable to the user via good human-interaction techniques to prevent user frustration. I have seen this frustration in many of the websites of other professional  certification organizations where needed links are so deeply embedded in subpages that it is almost impossible to find what is needed.

In attempting to prevent this we will implement the new site in stages:

  1. The first stage will be a simple layout with the items most viewers will need (the initial roll-out that you are viewing).
  2. The next step will be to implement the Members Only Portal, which will require the transfer of all files for each active member, eliminating members who are not in good standing. This should be available at the end of the year.
  3. The final step will be to implement links to our partners and implement the training and development tools such as course catalogs and webinars. This will be available during late 2016/2017.

With this rollout we encourage members to make suggestions for improvements or notify us of problems they encounter while using this website.



IIC Creates New Membership Categories 
 
As we grow in 2016, the Office of the Chairman with the cooperation of the Board, have developed several new avenues to obtain the CICA or CCS certification. Beginning in 2016 TheIIC will implement two new membership categories in addition to the Certified Member status. As an entrance to preparing and registering for the upcoming Certification via Exam program and the Certification via Curriculum program, all candidates for these programs must join TheIIC beforehand as an Associate Member. The Associate Member program must be maintained until the candidate either passes the certification exam or completes the Curriculum program, at which time the Associate Member will convert to the Certified Member status upon approval of the Application for Certification based on meeting all applicable requirements for certification.
 
In addition, in order to extend TheIIC into the academic world, TheIIC has commenced a Student Member status, which is open to all students registered and undergoing classes at accredited colleges and universities. As part of this program, TheIIC will undergo a major project to develop student chapters. The scholarships offered by TheIIC will be limited to members of the Student chapters.
 

Finally, as part of the Student Chapter program and to extend the Grandfathering provision, the Office of the Chairman has developed a special category for the Grandfathering Provision to include full-time educators who have developed or delivered courses involving internal controls. This will include not only accounting professors, but also IT professors teaching Information Security, Access/Data Controls courses, and Network controls, and Security professors involved in security and loss prevention controls. This list may be extended as needed. In addition, the Grandfathering for Educators program will be extended to educators who have published significant research involving internal controls in peer reviewed publications. Certified Educators will be encouraged to establish the Student Chapters at their schools and work with TheIIC in developing a standard syllabus for use in designing audit courses specific to the auditing of internal control systems.



IIC Creates Certification Lapel Pin 

Many Members have requested that TheIIC provide members the opportunity to obtain a lapel pin to represent that they are certified members of TheIIC. In line with the recent design of the new logo and revised seal, the Board approved a project to design and provide all members in good standing, as well as new members, a lapel pin, displaying that they hold the CICA or CCS professional certification designation. It was agreed that the pins will be issued ONLY to certified members in good standing. 

The pin design replicates the Gold Certified Seal used on the Certification Certificate issued to holders of the CICA and CCS. The Office of the Chairman contacted several vendors for design proposals and it approved a ¾” inch pin with a 3-D design in antiqued gold (see sample at right). 

As a benefit to our members the Chairman has directed that the pins will be free and will be issued to all NEW MEMBERS with the certificate package starting immediately and to EXISTING MEMBERS in good standing at the time of their 2017 renewal. The pins will be mailed with the member's updated membership card. Members desiring additional pins can purchase pins at TheIIC Merchandise Shop (available at the Members Only Portal at a nominal cost plus shipping).

Terminated/Non-Active Members Removed From Mailing and Email Lists

As TheIIC grows it is becoming uneconomical to have terminated/non-active members remain on TheIIC mail and email lists. All members who are at least six months past due will be deleted from all IIC lists. In addition, these individuals will also be denied access to the Members Only Portal that will be incorporated on the new IIC website. Those former members who desire to be reinstated will be required to apply for formal reinstatement based on their situations and the approval from the Office of the Chairman.  Contact Membership@theiic.org for further information.



 
IIC Begins Project to Set Up Student Chapters
 

As part of its initiative to grant the CICA and CCS Certification to Educators under the Grandfathering Provision and a special category for Student Members, the Institute for Internal Controls encourages the establishment of Student Chapter at Colleges/Universities where internal controls is part of the curriculum, whether as part of the accounting/auditing program, IT program, or management program. The IIC will assist the student chapter in providing educational materials including speakers, video training, etc. Members of the Student Chapters will be eligible for award of scholarships as dedicated by the Office of the Chairman and the Student Scholarship Committee.



IIC Names Director of Professional Development and Training
The Office of the Chairman is pleased to announce that Michael Piazza has accepted the position of Director of the Professional Development and Training Division of TheIIC. The Division was recently created to develop and deliver all training for members, candidates for certification, and anyone interested in learning more about internal and related areas.  Michael's initial mission will be to assist the Chairman and Advisory Board in developing the courses needed for the Certification via Curriculum Program, which will also be available in Self-Study format for preparation for the Certification via Examination. Michael will also be responsible for selecting developers for new courses as well as for training and evaluation of all IIC instructors. As part of TheIIC's new website, Michael will develop a catalog of courses as well as blog for discussion of topics relating to Internal Controls. 
 

Board Extends Grandfathering Provision While Exam Is Being Developed
As the Board completes the development of the Certification via Examination and the Certification via Curriculum programs, the Board has agreed to extend the Certification via Grandfathering Provision program through 2016. Once the above programs are fully implemented the grandfathering option will be phased out. It was noted by the Board at their recent annual Board meeting that the grandfathering provision has allowed TheIIC to establish a base of well qualified and experienced certified members which has allowed TheIIC to position itself as the premier professional certification organization specializing in internal controls. The establishment of the two new programs will allow us not only to add to this base of experts, but also to train new internal controls professionals.

 

 
IIC Announces a New Cooperative Agreement Partner
 
The Office of the Chairman is pleased to announce that TheIIC has entered into a cooperative/partnership agreement with the Professional Business Accountants' Society of Canada (PBA), The PBA , formerly known as the Registered Public Accountants Association of Canada, was founded in 1980 and has approximately 1,000 members across Canada. 
 

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