Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a certification offered to accountants who conduct internal audits. The Certified Internal Auditor designation is conferred by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and is the only such credential that is accepted worldwide.
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the internal audit profession's most widely recognised advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. IIA's global headquarters are in Florida, United States.
Eligibility Requirements for CIA
- Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university or college.
- CIAs are required to complete 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent. Equivalent experience means experience in audit/assessment disciplines, including external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.
Part 1 – Essentials of Internal Auditing: 125 questions I 2.5 hours (150 minutes)
Part 2 – Practice of Internal Auditing: 100 questions I 2.0 hours (120 minutes)
Part 3 – Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing: 100 questions I 2.0 hours (120 minutes)
It requires years of hard work experience and an intimidating certification exam. However, the benefits and opportunities are definitely worth the sacrifices CIA candidates make in order to achieve this prestigious title. A CIA will be able to provide invaluable operational knowledge and industry insight.
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