The Benefits of The Accredited Petroleum Accountant Certification with Lary Sides
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In today’s episode, Tom and Phil are joined by Lary Sides, Senior Auditor with Chevron’s Audit Department, as they discuss how to stand out in the oil and gas industry with the Accredited Petroleum Accountant (APA) certification.  Lary details eligibility, preparation, the exam process, and retention of the certification, how to get started and how it’s helped him in his 39-year career. 


1:45 What is the Accredited Petroleum Accountant (APA) Program?

3:49 How the APA credential helped Lary stand out in the industry

6:03 Eligibility requirements for the APA credential

8:07 Preparing for the APA Exam

9:53 The process COPAS went through to create the APA Exam

13:28  Why specialists outside the industry were recruited to assist in the creation of the exam

14:08 How to take the exam

16:11 Keeping the APA credential once it’s obtained

16:48 Why you should get certified

About Lary Sides:

Lary Sides is a senior auditor for the Non-Operated Joint Venture Audit Center of Expertise team, within Chevron’s Corporate Audit Department.  He has 39 years of experience conducting joint venture audits and working with business units in joint venture accounting and audit issues for both US and international joint ventures.  

Lary is an Accredited Petroleum Accountant (APA®) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).  

Lary and Vicki Cromer chaired the COPAS Board of Examiners overseeing the APA® exam through its transition from an 8-part paper and computer-based exam to the current single exam format administered by Scantron.  Lary and Vicki were awarded the COPAS Eagle Award in 2017 for our efforts in developing and promoting the APA® credential.

Lary is a past president of the Petroleum Accountants Society of Houston, member of COPAS, IIA, and former member of the AIPN.  He has served on writing committees for the COPAS auditing guidelines and other committees for COPAS and AIPN.

Married with two adult kids and enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and golf.

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About COPAS:

COPAS provides expertise for the oil and gas industry through the development of Model Form Accounting Procedures, publications, and education. We are a forum for the active exchange of ideas which result in innovative business and accounting solutions.

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