Monday, December 18, 2017

Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®)

Join the ranks of over 130,000 auditors who have earned the “Global Mark of Excellence in Internal Auditing” – the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. Count on this premier designation to:

  • Round out and reinforce your understanding of internal auditing
  • Bring you greater acceptance as an adviser to management
  • Provide you long-term value and creativity as an internal auditor


The best certification for understanding business threats and internal controls, the CIA measures a candidate’s:

  • Ability to identify inherent and potential risks.
  • Knowledge of and capacity to apply internal controls.
  • Understanding of 21st century management principles.


DO YOU KNOW what the CIA® designation can do?

FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS NOW the IIA’s premier certification, the CIA designation, has reflected competence in the principles and practices of internal auditing and has served as the only internationally accepted designation for internal auditors. But did you also know that attaining the CIA designation could make a world of difference for you?  


Attaining the CIA designation can make a world of difference for you:

IN YOUR CAREER …  ATTAINING THE CIA DESIGNATION outwardly signifies your achievement and commitment to the profession. Whether you choose to stay within the field of internal auditing or move up within your organization, the broad-based understanding of business, risk and control required of CIAs will serve as an invaluable base of knowledge.


IN YOUR ORGANIZATION …  CIAs OFFER ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE and thorough knowledge of management control and operations management. CIAs are a valuable resource to executive management and boards of directors in accomplishing overall goals and objectives. Such diversity gives internal auditors a broad perspective of the organization they serve.



  • Continuing updates on the state of the art in Internal Auditing
  • Provides gauge on technical competence in important subject areas related to Internal Auditing; this certifies the CIA’s eligibility to conduct relevant technical sessions
  • Helps in identifying, assessing and controlling risks
  • Increased understanding of management issues, risks and remedies
  • Mastery of the ability to identify risks, examine alternative remedies and prescribe the best initiatives to mitigate said risks
  • Mastery of auditing standards and practices, as well as management principles and control, IT and emerging strategies to improve business and government
  • Global networking focused on the IA profession

    By Attaining the CIA You:Increase your value to management

  • Demonstrate your competence
  • Enhance your professional image
  • Earn the only international professional Designation for internal auditors


Certification Provides:

  • Verification of experience, education, and technical proficiency
  • Confirmation of professional preparation and commitment
  • A prestigious credential for the employment market
  • Recognition by management and peers
  • Personal satisfaction


Objectives and Contents of the Exam

  1. Tests a candidate’s knowledge and ability regarding the current practice of internal auditing.
  2. Enables candidates and prospective managers to adapt to professional changes and challenges by:
  • Addressing nearly all management skills
  • Focusing on the principles of management control
  • Measuring a candidate’s understanding of risk management and internal controls



As the result of findings from a Job Analysis Study (JAS) for the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) program conducted in 2011, the Professional Certifications Board (PCB) and the Board of Directors of The IIA have approved two key changes to the CIA program. The JAS determined that the body of knowledge related to the profession of internal auditing has changed since the last exam content update in 2004, and therefore needs to be adjusted to reflect those changes. The first change will affect the exam structure, reducing the program from four exam parts to three. With the reduction in parts, The IIA will be eliminating the recognition credit provision previously applicable to Part 4. The final change consists of a realignment of the exam content outline and question count for each part. Registration/scheduling for the new 3-part exam in English will open on 1 May 2013 and candidates can begin sitting for the exam 1 July 2013. to see complete rollout and schedule, by language.  


The table below provides a brief overview of the new outline:

PART 1 EXAM: INTERNAL AUDITING BASICS Duration: 2.5 hours Question Count: 125PART 2 EXAM: INTERNAL AUDIT PRACTICE Duration: 2.0 hours Question Count: 100PART 3 EXAM: INTERNAL AUDIT KNOWLEDGE ELEMENTS Duration 2.0 hours Question Count: 100
IIA Mandatory GuidanceManaging the Internal Audit FunctionGovernance
Internal Control and RiskManaging Individual EngagementsRisk Management
Tools and Techniques for Conducting the Audit EngagementFraud Risks and ControlsOrganizational Structure and Business Processes
IT/Business Continuity
Financial Management
Global Business Environment

  For the exam curriculum, please click the link below.   CIA EXAM CURRICULUM