CIA

Certified Internal Auditor

The only globally recognized internal audit certification

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Why choose the CIA

Overview

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 Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) program is designed to meet the needs of the professional who wishes to pursue the world’s premier certification in Internal Auditing.

The CIA training programme is based on the detailed requirements of the CIA syllabus, and leads to the award of the CIA designation by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) of the United States of America. There are over 170,000 internal auditors globally that hold the CIA designation.

Key Benefits

  • Top quality training in all aspects of internal audit
  • Excellent career prospects due to international recognition of being one of the most highly qualified individuals in the auditing profession
  • Proof of commitment and potential to excel at the top of the audit profession
  • Evidence of proficiency and expertise in the field of internal audit

Course Focus

The CIA title reflects competence in the principles and practices of internal auditing and serves as the only internationally recognized designation for internal auditors. Achieving the CIA qualification demonstrates your commitment to the auditing profession.

Whether you choose to stay within the field of internal auditing or to broaden your skills and move onwards and upwards within your organisation, as a CIA qualified auditor, the fundamentals of business, risk and control will prove invaluable.

CIAs usually work in the audit departments of government agencies, financial institutions or corporations. They review financial records to look for deficiencies in internal controls.

The course and the examination focus on:

  • Essentials of Internal Auditing
  • Practice of Internal Auditing
  • Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing

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Eligibility

Eligible candidates for the CIA® certification should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or
  • Hold an active Internal Audit Practitioner designation, or
  • Possess five years of internal audit experience, or
  • Be an active student in their final year of college, or *
  • Be an active student with an approved Internal Audit Education Partnership (IAEP) school.*

*Note: You are able to take the CIA exams, however, your certification will not be awarded until all program requirements are met (as they may submit professional experience).

  • Work Experience:

Candidates may apply to the certification program and sit for exams prior to obtaining the required work experience. However, candidates will not be certified unless the experience requirement is met within the program eligibility period. Experience for the CIA’s certification program is based on the entry method (education background).  To view, the work experience form click here.

  • Character Reference:

Candidates must exhibit high morals and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate’s supervisor.  To view the character reference form click here.

  • Proof of Identification:

Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of an official passport or national identity card.

 

Essentials of Internal Auditing 

125 Questions / 150 Minutes

Foundations of Internal Auditing 15%
Independence & Objectivity 15%
Proficiency & Due Professional Care 18%
Quality Assurance & Improvement Program 7%
Governance, Risk Management & Control 35%
Fraud Risks 35%

Exam Key information

  • CIA examinations are offered all year round, subject to availability of the local exanimation center.
  • The exact number of questions required to pass the exam may be slightly different from one test to another and so the number of correct responses are converted to a reporting scale that ranges from 250 to 750 points.
  • A scaled score of 600 points or higher is required to pass the CIA exam (This means that a score over 75% is needed to safeguard a pass of the exam).
  • There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can retake a failed exam, however, the candidate must complete the certification process within three years.

Practice of Internal Auditing 

100 Questions / 120 Minutes

Managing the Internal Audit Activity 20%
Planning the Engagement 20%
Performing the Engagement 40%
Communicating Engagement Results & Monitoring 20%

Exam Key information

  • CIA examinations are offered all year round, subject to availability of the local exanimation center.
  • The exact number of questions required to pass the exam may be slightly different from one test to another and so the number of correct responses are converted to a reporting scale that ranges from 250 to 750 points.
  • A scaled score of 600 points or higher is required to pass the CIA exam (This means that a score over 75% is needed to safeguard a pass of the exam).
  • There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can retake a failed exam, however, the candidate must complete the certification process within three years.

Business Knowledge of Internal Auditing 

100 Questions / 120 Minutes

Business Acumen 35%
Information Security 25%
Information Technology 20%
Financial Management 20%

Exam Key information

  • CIA examinations are offered all year round, subject to availability of the local exanimation center.
  • The exact number of questions required to pass the exam may be slightly different from one test to another and so the number of correct responses are converted to a reporting scale that ranges from 250 to 750 points.
  • A scaled score of 600 points or higher is required to pass the CIA exam (This means that a score over 75% is needed to safeguard a pass of the exam).
  • There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can retake a failed exam, however, the candidate must complete the certification process within three years.

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Experienced and inspiring lecturing team with industry experience

Interactive Courses

Interactive and extensive courses to allow for discussion and illustration of practical applications of concepts explained

Flexibility

Multiple groups per year allowing for further flexibility and options

Support

Full administrative support and academic advising support throughout your journey

How to become a CIA®

Follow the steps with Globaltraining

1.

Apply

Apply

Complete all application requirements. Submit all documentation within 90 days of receipt of payment. Receive programme approval.

2.

Register and Take the Exams

Register and Take the Exams

Prepare and pass all three exam parts. Complete exam process within three years.

3.

Become Certified

Become Certified

Verify experience based on education level and get certified.

4.

Maintain your Certification

Maintain your Certification

Each year, CIA certificate holders are required to self-certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours.

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