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Audit partner

Specialism: Audit and assurance

What is an audit partner and what do they do?

Audit partners oversee and direct the activities of audit teams and have ultimate responsibility for signing off the audit report. They are responsible for ensuring that the audit is completed with appropriate rigour, on time and for signing off on the work completed. They also act as the key relationship contact with the client and ensuring that the client receives a high-quality service. Partners typically have revenue targets and a primary focus is on managing their existing client portfolio as well as developing new client relationships. Depending on the organisation, audit partners also may be in charge of hiring new employees and selecting audit teams for client engagements.


While the accountancy profession offers diverse career options and paths, the core capabilities required to perform at the highest standards remain the same - irrespective of skill level or job role.

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Continuing professional development at ACCA

A commitment to life-long learning is a vital part of your ACCA membership; it unlocks the full potential of your career choices - and drives forward the profession.

We deliver a wide range of CPD resources tailored to different areas of expertise - and an ever-changing profession. Our, and your, commitment to quality CPD ensures you will have the most up-to-date skills to perform at the highest standard. 

So, get started (or restarted) and take a look at our curated list of the most relevant CPD resources to secure and succeed in this role.

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Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®) certification

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) status is a globally recognised mark of authority in internal auditing. You’ll be recognised and trusted in your field. And ready to take the next step into a new area of your career.

Pathway 1: The CIA Challenge Exam. ACCA members are eligible to take an expedited pathway to obtain the CIA designation. Traditional the CIA is a 3-part program; however, with specific applications windows as listed below, ACCA members are eligible to take a one-part examination.

Pathway 2: For the traditional 3-part program ACCA members are not required to submit proof of education or professional experience.

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How does the ACCA qualification prepare you for this job role?

From a combination of exams, ethics and experience, the ACCA Qualification will boost your employability and performance at every stage of your career journey.

Here we have listed some elements of the ACCA Qualification that will help you perform at the highest standard in this job role.


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Audit partner, Soter & Partners, Bucharest, Romania