HOCK international Partners with Hire Heroes USA for Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

Hire Heroes

We are excited to announce a strategic partnership with Hire Heroes USA to support veterans in their transition to civilian life. This collaboration aims to address the challenges many veterans face when attempting to navigate the job market and secure meaningful employment opportunities.

For many veterans, transitioning from military to civilian life can be a challenging experience, particularly when it comes to finding suitable employment that aligns with their skills and experiences. By partnering with Hire Heroes USA, HOCK international is committed to providing veterans with resources and support to help them successfully integrate into the civilian workforce.

“We are honored to collaborate with Hire Heroes to support veterans and military spouses in their career transitions. “We understand that making a career transition can be challenging, and we are dedicated to providing top-quality accounting certification preparation materials to help these heroes stand out on their resume. Our goal is to open new doors and create exciting opportunities for those who have bravely served our country.” – Tyler Skelton, Director, US Business Development at HOCK international.

As part of this partnership, veterans will have access to specialized training and certification programs offered by HOCK international, including the prestigious CMA (Certified Management Accountant), FMAA (Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate), and EA (Enrolled Agent) certifications. These certifications are designed to equip veterans with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the field of accounting and finance. No matter if you’re starting out in accounting or have years of experience, there’s a certification to match your level of expertise.

“We are grateful to partner with HOCK international to provide veterans and military spouses with the tools and opportunities they need to thrive in civilian careers. This partnership combines the strengths of both organizations to create a powerful support system for our clients, helping them achieve their professional goals and build fulfilling careers in accounting and finance,” said Michele Wiesner, Director of Capacity Building at Hire Heroes USA.

The collaboration between HOCK international and Hire Heroes USA underscores the commitment of both organizations to support veterans in their professional development and career advancement. By combining resources and expertise, they aim to make a positive impact on the lives of those who have served their country and are now seeking to build successful civilian careers in accounting and finance.

 

About Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA empowers US military members, veterans, and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Our organization offers personalized one-on-one coaching, professionally revised resumes, mentoring, workshops, a job board, career fairs, and more to tens of thousands of job-seeking veterans and military spouses annually. Hire Heroes USA prioritizes transparency, earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal. Funded exclusively through public donations and federal and private grants, we provide our services at no cost to clients. For more information about our organization, visit hireheroesusa.org.

HOCK CMA Study Materials: Hard Copy Textbooks Now Available

CMA Textbooks

At HOCK international, we understand the diverse needs of our students when it comes to study preferences. While our comprehensive HOCK CMA study materials are fully available online, we now also offerring hard copy textbooks for those who prefer a traditional approach to studying. In this blog post, we will discuss the various options available for obtaining HOCK CMA textbooks.

Online Study Materials

Our HOCK CMA study materials include online textbooks and offer a modern and convenient way to study. Some key features of our online textbooks include notes, color coding, and search functionality. All your notes and highlights sync across your devices, ensuring you can study anytime, anywhere. Learn more about our online textbooks and their features by watching this video

CMA Textbooks in the US

For students residing in the US who prefer reading hard-copy textbooks, we have made HOCK CMA textbooks available for purchase on Amazon. This option provides the following benefits:

You can purchase the textbooks through the following links:

While Amazon can ship to other countries, please note that international shipping may incur extra fees and longer delivery times.

CMA Textbooks in India

If you are located in India and prefer hard-copy textbooks, we have a new option available for you. You can now order HOCK CMA textbooks locally, shipped from India. 

Send an email to our team at india@hockinternational.com to place your order and receive detailed information.

Piracy and Illegal Copies

It is important to be aware of piracy and illegal copies of HOCK textbooks. Here are some crucial points to keep in mind:

  • Beware of Fakes: There are numerous illegal copies and non-HOCK textbooks falsely bearing our logo.
  • Risks of Illegal Copies: These materials are not approved, not updated, and often contain incorrect or incomplete information.
  • Authorized Sources: Only purchase textbooks through the Amazon links provided above or by directly ordering from HOCK India.

Protect your investment and ensure you are studying with updated and legal materials.

Whether you prefer online study materials or hard copy textbooks, HOCK has you covered. Choose the option that best suits your study habits and location, and ensure you are using authorized and up-to-date HOCK materials.

Happy studying!

FMAA Exam and Study Materials Now Available in Arabic

FMAA in Arabic

We are excited to announce that IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) has made the FMAA (Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate) exam available in Arabic! This significant development opens the door for a wider range of candidates to pursue this valuable certification in their native language, making it more accessible and manageable for those who may have faced language barriers in the past.

In line with this news, we are proud to introduce our FMAA study materials in Arabic! Our FMAA textbook, and test bank are now available in Arabic, and our FMAA videos now have Arabic subtitles. This ensures that Arabic-speaking candidates have comprehensive, accessible resources to help them succeed in their exam preparation and achieve their certification goals.

What is the FMAA Exam and Who is it For?

The FMAA certification is a foundational credential designed for early-career professionals in the accounting and finance sectors. It provides essential knowledge and skills, setting the stage for a successful and impactful career. With no eligibility requirements, the FMAA is ideal for anyone looking to begin their career in this dynamic field or to gain the accounting and finance skills needed to advance in their current role.

The FMAA exam covers five key areas:

  • General Accounting and Financial Management (25%)
  • Financial Statement Preparation and Analysis (25%)
  • Planning and Budgeting (20%)
  • Cost Management and Performance Metrics (20%)
  • Professional Ethics (10%)

This structure ensures a comprehensive grasp of critical accounting and finance concepts. The two-hour exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and is offered through Prometric testing centers.

Recent Exam Results and Insights from Brian Hock

The IMA recently released the exam results for the first exam window that took place in March. Many candidates successfully passed the exams using HOCK study materials, and we extend our congratulations to all of them!

Among the successful candidates is our very own Brian Hock, President of HOCK international. Brian took the exam to ensure our FMAA study materials fully cover the syllabus. Here’s what he had to say:

It was great to take the FMAA Exam! The FMAA certification is an excellent starting point for those beginning careers in accounting and finance. It provides a straightforward way to demonstrate business knowledge and impress employers. Even managers outside of accounting or finance can benefit from the skills covered in FMAA, aiding their career advancement. I was very happy to see that our materials covered all of the questions on my exam. We are already getting a lot of feedback from students who passed the FMAA exam about how useful and practical it is. But for many students, English has been an issue, and I would like to thank IMA for offering FMAA in Arabic. It is going to make a huge impact and change many careers. The certification is growing, employers are starting to pay attention to it, and the ability to prepare for and pass the exam in their native language will allow thousands of candidates to focus on the content.

Next Exam Windows and Registration Discount

The first testing window for the FMAA Exam in Arabic will be the week of September 8-16. Don’t miss the opportunity to advance your career with the FMAA certification and HOCK’s expert resources. The FMAA Exam Registration fee, paid to the IMA, is $299. However, HOCK students receive a $50 discount on this fee, valid during the first month of your subscription or with a one-year access purchase. This makes it even more affordable to take the next step in your professional journey with our comprehensive and supportive study materials.

FMAA Live Classes

We have multiple partners in the Middle East who will offer FMAA classes in Arabic. Stay tuned and follow us on social media if you are looking for in-person classes, as we will be announcing more details and updates regularly.

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Pearson Vue Testing Center: What to Expect on Exam Day

Pearson Vue Testing Center What to Expect on Exam Day

We are pleased to share this blog post written by Raffy Molina, a HOCK CIA student. We thank Raffy for sharing his experiences at the Pearson Vue Center on CIA exam day. Congratulations to Raffy on passing CIA Part 1, and we look forward to his continued success in Parts 2 and 3. 

Preparing for the CIA exam can be very nerve-wracking. But there’s no better way of getting that needed boost in confidence than by reviewing the topics and answering the MCQs.  Granted you’ve already studied well enough and are ready to rock the CIA exam, there are still other important things to prepare for, making sure that everything will go smoothly during the actual exam day.

Here are some preparation tips for you to consider so you can set expectations for the actual exam day.

Before the exam:

  1. Research about the exact location of the testing center. Days before the actual exam, I spent time researching about the testing center, the correct location, and how exactly would I get there. If you’re commuting, just like me, be sure to be clear about the routes going to the testing center because the last thing you would want to happen is to get lost and not be able to report on time for the exam.
  2. Secure all the needed IDs. The night before the exam, I made sure to have all the IDs needed for admission ready. Pearson Vue will send an email about the Admission Policy and what IDs are acceptable. In my case, I brought with me my Passport and another government-issued ID. Depending on the testing center, they might ask for another ID aside from your Passport (“ask” suggesting that this might not be really required as it wasn’t mentioned in Pearson Vue’s email to bring more than 1 acceptable ID). In my experience, I was allowed to bring inside the testing room another ID so if I needed to take a bathroom break, I have another card for identification when I go back to the testing room.

Exam day:

  1. Ensure you have all the things you need—and it’s definitely not much. In my case, I only brought with me a small bag, my passport, another acceptable ID (based on the list of acceptable IDs from Pearson Vue’s email), my phone… and that’s it! During the actual exam, all your personal belongings will be surrendered and placed inside your assigned locker box. Thus, you are really not going to be able to bring anything else except for your ID and locker box key. Depending on the testing center, they might give you scratch paper and a pen with some instructions that you are not allowed to bring them outside the testing room after the exam, and whatever you’ve written there, you are not allowed to erase yourself–not sure if it was really their standard procedure or just the testing administrator’s self-imposed policy, but the point is, there’s not much for you to bring during the actual exam.
  2. Be on time. And by that, follow Pearson Vue’s Admission Policy that they will send via email which includes arriving at the testing center 30 minutes before your exam appointment. In my experience, my scheduled exam was 8:30 am. Hence, I made sure to be at the testing center by 8:00 am. Remember that the time of your exam appointment does not include the time needed for you to register and submit the required IDs for admission. The 30-minute allowance will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures.
  3. No more reviewing at the testing center. Yes, you heard that right. You are not allowed to do a last-minute review inside the testing center, not even in the admission area. This is one of the policies written within a list of reminders about the conduct of the examination. Hence, there’s no need for you to bring your review materials because you won’t be allowed to use them.
  4. Upon arrival at the testing center, you will be seated in a waiting area until they have your exam station ready. While waiting, they will hand you a list of reminders that basically translates to the “dos and don’ts” during the exam proper. Make sure to read it carefully and be mindful of the expected demeanor during the exam.

Once they call your name, you will be asked to provide your passport, register using a logbook, have your photo taken, and asked for your signature, which in my case was through a signature pad. They will also give you the key to your locker box, where you can store your personal belongings while taking the exam. Before entering the testing room, the testing administrator will give you general instructions. This is the time when you can ask them questions like taking bathroom breaks, how you start the exam, do you need to turn on the machine yourself, what happens when you are done answering all the questions, and others. Ask as many questions as you can to make sure you are confident that you know what to do once you’re inside the testing room.

The testing administrator will lead you to your testing station. There will be instructions flashed in the computer screen. Make sure to read them carefully because they’re going to help you navigate the exam.

And so, the exam begins.

After the exam

Once you are done with the exam, let the testing administrator know and they will tell you if you’re now allowed to leave the testing area. Make sure to surrender the scratch paper and the pen and be sure to take everything you brought in with you.

CIA Results

Expect that the exam results will come out so fast that the testing administrator have it already printed by the time you leave the testing room. Congrats, you have just finished and hurdled the CIA exam!

The CIA exam, or any exam for this matter, is not just about being confident that you’ve studied well enough about the topics. Rather, it’s also making sure that you know the protocols and you are clear about what to expect during the actual examination day. If some things are unclear to you during the exam day, reach out and do not hesitate to ask questions to the testing administrator. Best of luck!

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CFA Study Materials – Now Available

New CFA Study Materials

We are excited to announce that we have extended our partnership with Quartic and are now offering comprehensive study materials for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program! This partnership empowers future finance leaders with unparalleled resources and tools to succeed in the CFA exams.

What is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Credential?

The CFA credential is the gold standard for finance and investment professionals worldwide. It is a highly respected designation that signifies a strong understanding of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Earning the CFA credential demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical standards, making it a critical milestone for anyone looking to advance their career in the finance sector.

HOCK PassMap: Your Personalized Pathway to CFA Success

At the heart of our partnership is HOCK’s innovative PassMap Learning Management System, which has been adapted to support CFA candidates in their journey. PassMap’s personalized learning approach tailors the study process to fit the unique needs and pace of each learner. Through dynamic videos, targeted practice questions, and continuous progress monitoring, PassMap offers a structured yet flexible roadmap that guides candidates through the complexities of the CFA curriculum, ensuring they are fully prepared for exam day.

Quartic: Premier CFA Study Resources

Quartic is well-known for its exceptional CFA study materials. With Quartic, candidates gain access to a wealth of resources, including comprehensive videos, detailed practice questions, and realistic mock exams. Each resource is designed to enhance understanding and retention of critical concepts, bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application in the finance industry. Quartic’s commitment to educational excellence ensures that CFA candidates are well-equipped to navigate the exams with confidence.

Together, HOCK and Quartic are setting a new benchmark in finance education. By combining Quartic’s superior CFA study materials with the interactive capabilities of HOCK’s PassMap system, we are offering an unmatched learning experience that promises to drive CFA candidates toward their goals.

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Prometric Testing Center: What to Expect on Exam Day

Prometric Testing Center What to Expect on Exam Day

It’s the day you’ve been preparing for – your accounting certification exam day. After dedicating hours to study, it’s your time to demonstrate everything you’ve learned in your exam preparation. However, before you enter the testing center, did you review the Prometric Testing Center policies? This aspect is often overlooked by exam candidates and can disqualify you from taking your exam.

Here is a breakdown of what you can expect at the Prometric Testing Center and hopefully this information will save you from an exam day disaster.

1. Arrive Early:

Prometric recommends you arrive 30 minutes before your exam to allow enough time to check-in. Depending on the location of Prometric in your area, you will want to allow for additional time to navigate traffic and parking. The last thing you want is to be stressed out before your exam.

2. Bring Everything You Need:

There are many things that you need to bring with you to the testing center and it can be very easy to leave something behind. Put together an exam-day bag that has all your important items. You also don’t want to be searching for your wallet and keys before you are trying to head out the door, so having those in your exam-day bag will eliminate stress. Often, testing centers may be on the colder side, so you should bring a sweatshirt or jacket with you.

Exam-Day Bag

  • Exam Confirmation Number
  • Passport or Drivers License + secondary form of ID (credit card, social security card, etc.)
  • Exam Approved Calculator
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Sweatshirt

3. Check-In Process:

When you arrive at Prometric, there will be a check-in desk. Depending on your location, there may be several other people waiting to check in for their exams. This is another reason why you want to show up early on your exam date. When you first check in, you will need to provide your ID as mentioned earlier. Prometric will verify if the name on the ID matches the name registered for the exam and verify that you are the person on the ID. Next, you will undergo a scanning procedure to verify you don’t have any other items on you. They will also ask you to turn your pockets inside out and show that they are empty. If you wear glasses, you will need to take those off for inspection. They even check under your wedding ring! If you are brining your own calculator, confirm it is approved for the exam you are taking. They will also check to see if the memory has been cleared. Once that is completed, you will be given a locker key for your personal items. You will keep that key with you until after you have completed your exam. The only things you should have on you are your ID, locker key, and calculator (if applicable).

4. Entry Into Your Exam:

Prior to your exam, you will be seated in a waiting room until they have your exam station prepared. Once they call your name, you will provide them with your ID once again. They will also snap a photo of you and collect fingerprints (if applicable). Once that is completed, they will hand you a sheet of paper with the time you entered the exam room. They provide you with a basket that contains: scratch paper, pencils, ID, locker key, and calculator. You will be provided on instructions on where you need to place these items. Your exam station will have a section for you to leave your locker key and a section to leave your ID face up. A Prometric representative will log you into your computer to begin the exam.

5. Starting Your Exam:

Before starting your timed exam, there are a few pre-screens that you will go through. An instructional guide will demonstrate how to navigate the exam. I suggest reviewing this thoroughly to make the most of the system’s features. You will then have a final screen related to the exam that you are taking. This time can vary depending on the exam. There is more than enough time to read through everything. I would recommend taking time to write down any formulas or notes on your scratch paper. Keep in mind that you need to advance these screens in a timely manner.

6. Leaving Prometric:

You finally made it through your exam and are ready to leave. First, ensure that you completely finished your exam. There are some survey questions afterward that you will complete as well. When you are ready to leave your station, be sure to take everything you brought in with you. You will need to sign out of the exam before you head home. Depending on the exam, you may be required to leave any scratch paper with Prometric. You are now ready to go home. Get everything out of your locker and give back your locker key to the Prometric representative. Take a sigh of relief – you made it through exam day!

Hopefully, this breakdown has been beneficial in preparing you for your Prometric experience. By knowing what to expect and following these tips, you can approach your exam day with more confidence and improve your chances of success. Best of luck on your exam!

Tyler Skelton

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Real Challenges, Real Stories – HOCK Study Path

Real Challenges, Real Stories

Dive into the heart of exam prep with our latest video collection – a powerful glimpse into the real challenges faced by HOCK Study Path participants.

From juggling time to tackling tough topics, these stories are all about the raw, unfiltered journey toward professional certification.

Watch as our students share their hurdles in the early stages of their study journey. Their courage, resilience, and commitment shine through every word, reminding us all of the strength it takes to chase our dreams.

 

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Your next chapter is waiting to be written. Begin your journey with HOCK today and transform challenges into victories.

Stepping Into Accounting: My Personal Take on the FMAA Certification

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Tyler Skelton is the Director of US Business Development at HOCK and he has spent over ten years helping professionals prepare for finance and accounting certifications. Although Tyler doesn’t come from an accounting background, his interest in continuous learning and professional development has led him to explore the new FMAA certification. Join him as he shares his experience with this journey.

Understanding the FMAA: A Certification for All Professionals

For over a decade, I’ve dedicated myself to providing individuals with the resources to help them obtain various accounting and finance certifications. I had never considered taking an exam for any of those certifications, mainly because I wouldn’t meet the work experience requirements, but also, I just didn’t fit in with what I wanted to do with my career. I do not come from an accounting background and haven’t taken an accounting course for as long as I have been in my current field.

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently launched a brand-new certification called the FMAA, which stands for Financial and Managerial Accounting Associate. The FMAA is a foundational certification designed to equip early-career professionals with core accounting and finance knowledge skills. What sets this certification apart is that it doesn’t require education or work experience to sit for the exam. This makes it an ideal certification for business students starting out in accounting or finance, business professionals who work closely with accountants or the accounting department, or professionals looking to transition into a new career path.

The FMAA Experience: Gearing Up for the Exam

When I learned about the FMAA certification, I realized it was not only relevant to my background but also an option I could consider pursuing. I believe it’s important to commit to continuous learning and professional development. By taking the FMAA exam, I aim to better understand the challenges our candidates face in preparing for exams. It also helps me relate more closely to the accounting and finance profession. As I approach my exam date this month I am beginning to feel the pressure. I’m excited to update you all on my exam results and will report back!

Tyler Skelton
US Business Development Director

Conquering Exam Fears: Insights from HOCK Study Path

HOCK Study Path Series

It is common to encounter many fears and hesitations when preparing for professional certification exams. We asked the HOCK Study Path participants to share the fears that have held them back and see how acknowledging and facing these fears is the first step toward overcoming them.

The Fears Holding Us Back

  • Time and Financial Constraints: Many participants highlighted the challenge of balancing demanding jobs with study time alongside concerns about the financial implications of taking exams, especially when travel is required.
  • Fear of Failure: The fear of not succeeding on the first try was a big reason for not moving forward. The thought of failing not only themselves but also those who support them added an extra layer of pressure.
  • Uncertainty and Feeling Overwhelmed: Some participants delayed their exam preparation due to uncertainties about the exam process or concerns about their ability to commit to and complete a rigorous study schedule.

You Are Not Alone

  • 60% of our participants cited time management and financial concerns as major hurdles.
  • Over 70% expressed a fear of failure and the pressure of expectations as significant barriers.
  • Nearly 50% mentioned uncertainty about the exam process and doubts about their study discipline.

Turning Fears Into Motivation

The HOCK Study Path community demonstrated that starting is the most important step in transforming these fears into success stories. By engaging with the program, participants have begun to:

  • Prioritize and Plan: Setting up a Personal Study Plan in PassMap helps in managing study hours and fitting exam preparation into busy schedules.
  • Embrace the Learning Process: Shifting focus from the pressure of passing exams to enjoying the acquisition of new knowledge makes the journey more fulfilling.
  • Leverage Community Support: Sharing experiences and challenges with fellow students provides a sense of belonging and mutual encouragement.

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It is never too late to conquer your fears and start your path to success!

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Why are you studying for your exams?

We are thrilled to share an update on the HOCK Study Path Series, where over twenty fortunate applicants have recently begun their journey toward exam preparation. Brian Hock always emphasizes the importance of knowing your “WHY” when it comes to studying for exams. With this philosophy in mind, we asked our participants to share the motivations behind their pursuit of professional certification. The variety and depth of the responses we received were both inspiring and enlightening.
 

In a collection of video responses, our participants shared their personal motivations, ranging from career advancement to personal fulfillment. Each story provides a glimpse into the diverse goals and drives that bring our community together, reinforcing the idea that every journey is unique but equally significant. We invite you to watch these powerful testimonials, hoping they will motivate and encourage you in your own journey. Whether you are on the path to professional certification or considering taking that first step, remember that your WHY is the key to unlocking your full potential.