An accountant who works in accounting information systems (AIS) is responsible for the collection, storage and processing of financial information of a business. This information is then made accessible to be organized for managers and others in order to help them to make financial and business decisions.
What does an AIS specialist do?
- They select the relevant software for the business
- Format the software when needed
- Find ways to automate tasks and to produce data more efficiently
- Ensure that the input procedures and documents produced are in line with the general accounting principles (GAAP)
Although not necessary, it can be useful to acquire a certification in AIS/IS both to expand your knowledge in the area, as well as to prove your knowledge to others. Some certifications include:
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
This certification is offered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Not exclusive to accounting, this certification is for anyone wishing to pursue information technology (IT) or information systems (IS) and to have the certification to back them up. It is a globally recognized certification, with the possibility to take the CISA exam in over 1,300 locations, either online or in a testing center. It is available in English, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Turkish.
Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)
This is a certification offered by the AICPA. In order to acquire this certification, you will need to pass either the the CITP exam, or the CISA exam. The AICPA also offers the CITP Exam Self-study Review Course to prepare for the exam. It is available at over 300 testing centers in the US.
Is a CPA required to work in AIS?
No, but you will usually require at least a degree in accounting or similar in order to get into the field. As it is based on implementing an electronic data system, programming and technological proficiency will also help you greatly in this field. If you are still in college, taking coding, information systems, computer systems and similar courses can also help you greatly when you first attempt to get into the field upon graduation.