Certified Internal Auditor

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The Certified Internal Auditor or CIA credential can be your master key to professional success, opening doors for career opportunities and earning you increased credibility and respect within the profession and your organization.

The Certified Internal Auditor (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.

The demand for internal auditors has been increasing exponentially because of the statutory recognition given by many countries by mandating certain companies to have internal audit function.

Earning the CIA designation is a valuable accomplishment and a professional advantage for auditors at all stages of their careers, including chief audit executives, audit managers, audit staff, risk management staff, and also students enrolled in an accounting or other business or financial degree program.

The CIA designation will:
• Distinguish you from your peers.
• Demonstrate your proficiency with internal staff and external clients.
• Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry.
• Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism.
• Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement.

The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam tests a candidate's knowledge of current internal auditing practices and understanding of internal audit issues, risks and remedies.

The CIA exam is administered in 3 parts.
Part 1: Internal Audit Basics (2 ½ Hours – 125 multiple choice questions)
• Mandatory Guidance
• Internal Control / Risk
• Conducting Internal Audit Engagements – Audit Tools and Techniques

Part 2: Internal Audit Practice (2 Hours – 100 multiple choice questions)
• Managing the Internal Audit Function
• Managing Individual Engagements
• Fraud Risks and Controls

Part 3: Internal Audit Knowledge Elements (2 Hours – 100 multiple choice questions)
• Governance / Business Ethics
• Risk Management
• Organizational Structure / Processes and Risks
• Communication
• Management / Leadership Principles
• IT / Business Continuity
• Financial Management
• Global Business Environment

The CIA is offered in prometric centers located worldwide throughout the year. Candidates are able to sit for the exams at any IIA-authorized testing center regardless of whether the testing center is located in his/her home country.

The score is reported on the scale of 250 to 750 points based on the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for incorrect responses. A score of 600 or higher on this scale is required to pass an IIA exam.

If the candidate achieves a passing score, the score report will indicate that he/she passed and no numeric score is reported. If he/she does not pass the test, the score report will indicate the numeric score.

The score will become official once the IIA publishes the score though the candidate receives unofficial score report immediately after taking the test at the prometric center.



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