CIA – Certified Internal Auditor


The CIA® designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field. As the IIA (Institute if Internal Auditors) states, “earning the CIA designation is more than just proof of what you know and what you’ve achieved — it’s the best way for auditing professionals to communicate to the world that they are prepared to meet today’s challenges. Candidates leave the program enriched with educational experience, information, and business tools that can be applied immediately in any organization or business environment”.


The regulatory body of CIA is IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors).




The CIA® designation will:


  • Distinguish you from your peers.

  • Carry weight with internal staff and external clients.

  • Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry.

  • Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism.

  • Give you personal satisfaction of achievement.

  • Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement.






4 Year post-secondary degree or its equivalent from an accredited university


Acceptable Documents


  • Copy of your degree or official transcripts (If your name has changed since you earned your degree, you must also include your legal name change document.)

  • Letter from university confirming degree

  • Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level


Important change to the Education Requirement for the CIA

The Global Board of Directors has approved an alternate path to eligibility for the CIA for those candidates who do not possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.


Candidates may now become eligible for the CIA, subject to approval, who possess:


  • -wo years post-s econdary education and five years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent, OR

  • even years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.


Character Reference


Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor


Work Experience


A minimum of 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent. Acceptable equivalent

experience includes experience in audit/assessment disciplines, external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control. A Master’s degree can substitute for 12 of the required 24 months


The Exams


DURATION & Eligibility


  • Once the student is registered, he/she can appear for the paper any time he/she wants. CIA exams are incurred on daily basis.

  • Eligibility Period - Complete the program certification process within four years of application approval.


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