What are AP professionals saying about The Institute of Financial Operations certifications?
"Almost all of our Accounts Payable associates are now CAPA or CAPP certified, and we are setting a goal for new associates as they come in to become certified by the end of their first year. Not only was this a notable accomplishment for the department (and raised the performance bar), it was also a great teambuilding event!"
Manager, Accounts Payable & Fixed Assets
Raymond James & Associates
"…. we are once again raising the bar by beginning the process of certifying all our field audit team. Business Strategy has established a group membership and group certification program with IFO. As of August 2009 we will be updating our requirement so every member of our field operations audit staff holds either a CAPA or CAPP certification based on current level of responsibility. Several of our Supervisors and Managers already hold this certification and will need to maintain certification in order to meet our company goals. We believe this not only provides growth for our associates but also clearly distinguishes us an industry leader."
Dan Geelhoed, CAPP
President & COO
Business Strategy, Inc.
"What an amazing sense of validation I felt when I found out I had successfully passed my test and was now CAPA certified! After 20 years of being in Accounting this was my first certification and my first step on the road to furthering my education. I am lucky to work for an organization that feels strongly about its employees setting goals such as this, working to attain them, and then recognizing them for their efforts. Being CAPA certified adds a higher level of professionalism to my resume, raises my marketability, and makes my efforts at attaining individual growth transparent. I am now dedicated to taking the next step and becoming CAPP certified! And I will be challenging my employees to follow in my footsteps..."
Pegie Hunter, CAPA
Accounts Payable Supervisor
"As an adult learner, I was told that committing to obtaining additional education - and succeeding in that goal - was as important as the goal itself. I believe this is equally true with professional certifications. To commit to the goal, to work through the challenges, to obtain recognition for your dedication to your chosen profession, is both admirable and to be rewarded. My expectation is that 100% of my staff will hold the professional certificaiton that is applicable to their discipline. And my belief started within my own career and with The Institute of Financial Operations."
Lorraine E. Creek, CAPP
Regence BlueCross BlueShield
"After I helped to secure an orderly shutdown and liquidation at [a company] due to their bankruptcy, I faced the dreaded searching for a new career in a very bad job market. My CAPP designation and IFO Oregon Chapter affiliation proved invaluable. Over a period of several months, fellow chapter members advised me of various AP management positions. Each position carried a stipulation of "AP certification desired" or "AP certification required". Before accepting my current position as Manager of Accounts Payable at Legacy Health System, I had been offered three different management positions with well regarded companies! I firmly believe these offers occurred not only because of my professional experience, but also because of my CAPP designation…The CAPP designation is held in high regard throughout the business arena in the United States."
Joyce Larkins, CAPP
Accounts Payable Manager
Legacy Health System
"Obtaining the CAPP certification has opened doors for my career growth and increased earnings, not to mention the study materials have become a valuable source of information for my department. I have also been able to establish a network of colleagues, many of them in my same industry, where we get together at the Annual Forum to benchmark, share ideas and learn from each other!"
Jeffrey Miller, CAPP
Campbell Soup Company
Here's what some recent candidates had to say about their journey.
"I am very impressed with the updated CAPP manual," said Ruth Cooper, Goodrich-Engine Components, of the recently updated Certification Study Manual. "It clearly includes the latest AP material."
Eli Cooper, Baylor Healthcare Systems, attended the exam review webinar series and wrote: "Coming from a nonprofit background, our staff had virtually no experience with tax. The CAPA webinars were able to breathe life into our weakest domain and create real-world examples to our textbook knowledge. Thank you again!"
Jonathan Ward of Business Strategy Inc., participated in an on-site review at his company: "The facilitator provided helpful stories and real-world examples during our on-site presentation."