Why Become Certified?
There are many reasons to obtain an official IIA certification designation. Whether it's the hallmark designation of internal audit - the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation - or one of our three specialty industry certifications, obtaining a certification is professionalism defined.
Six Steps to Certification
Not sure where to begin? Read through these six steps on how to start off on your trail to certifications with The IIA.
Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Read some of the frequently asked questions we receive about IIA certifications and exams. These valuable questions and answers can also help those auditors looking for a little more information on a specific area.
Exam Special Offers
There are many special offers for IIA certifications. Take a look and see if you can take advantage of one of our special offers.
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Six Steps to Earning a Certification in Internal Auditing
Below are the six steps an internal auditor should review when making the decision to become certified in the profession.
Step 1: Decide Which Certification Is Right for You
The IIA's Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) certification is the only globally accepted designation for internal auditors. It is a four-part exam that remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their comprehensive competence and professionalism in the internal auditing field.
The IIA also offers three specialty certifications: 1. Certification in Control Self-Assessment® (CCSA®); 2. Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®); and 3. Certified Financial Services Auditor® (CFSA®). Individuals may choose to take a specialty exam as credit for Part IV of the CIA exam or individuals who do not meet the CIA program education and experience eligibility requirements may wish to take one of the specialty certifications, which are one-part exams.
Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility and Skill Level
Each of The IIA certification programs has unique and specific education eligibility requirements that a candidate must meet to take the exam. In addition, you may want to assess your skill level by taking a practice test using the sample questions on the Web site. Although your score on a practice test will not necessarily indicate what your score would be on a certification exam, a practice test may assess your readiness and lets you know in what areas you need improvement. Click on exam links in Step 1 for more about eligibility requirements.
Step 3: Register for the Exam
The IIA's certification exams are now offered through computer-based testing, year-round at more than 500 locations worldwide.
Apply and register for the CIA exam.
Step 4: Prepare for the Exam
You determine the method(s) in which you need to prepare for the exam. We provide you with a list of available resources for your consideration. Click on exam links in Step 1 to find preparation resources.
Step 5: Take the Test
With the transition to computer-based testing (CBT), The IIA's certification exams are administered through the worldwide network of Pearson VUE Testing Centers. The Pearson VUE network increases the availability of the exam from approximately 250 exam sites to over 500 exam sites. For more information on the testing experience, read the Candidate Handbook.
Step 6: Receive Your Certificate
Once you have passed the exam and met all other program requirements, your certificate will be issued to your local IIA institute for distribution.
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Frequently A sked Questions (FAQ) About Certification
Do you have questions about IIA certifications? If so, read through some common questions, and their answers, regarding The IIA's Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) exam and specialty exams.
Included in this section are questions pertaining to exam policies and procedures as well as questions specific to the three specialty exams.
Is your question specific to the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam? Visit this section for questions pertaining exclusivley to the CIA exam.
Do I have to be a member of The IIA to take any of the certification exams or become certified?
No. An individual does not have to be a member of The IIA to take the certification exams or to become certified. Membership requirements may differ in countries where the exams are administered through agreements with IIA institutes. Click here for a list of these countries. All candidates and certified individuals must, however, agree to abide by The IIA's Code of Ethics, and practicing internal auditors with an IIA certification must comply with The IIA's International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
Note: As a special offer to nonmember CIA registrants, The IIA will waive the membership application fee. By calling The IIA at +1-407-937-1111 and mentioning the source code EXAM prior to registering for the exam, The IIA will waive the US $25 IIA membership application fee. The member savings on CIA review materials will more than compensate for the price of membership. IIA membership provides access to exclusive member resources and up-to-date information on current issues; a network of thousands of members in institutes worldwide; professional standards; certification; research; and education.