Certified Internal Auditor

The only globally recognized internal audit certification

Why choose the CIA


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

All about exams


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.


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How to become a CIA®

Follow the steps with Globaltraining




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


Register and Take the Exams

Register and Take the Exams

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


Become Certified

Become Certified

Verify experience based on education level and get certified.


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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