In order to become a Certified Internal Auditor, you must fulfill the exam and experience requirements.
It is important to note that IIA membership is NOT an exam requirement (unlike other accounting certifications such as CMA). However, you get discounts on the exam application fee together with other benefits.
Candidates can also fully or partially waive the educational requirements with work experience:
* The IIA follows the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) guidelines on defining accredited universities.
How to Submit the Documents
Applicants must indicate their highest level of education on the exam application. You can scan the original documents (transcripts, marksheets etc) and upload to IIA website via the Certification Document Upload Portal.
(a) Character Reference
You can submit the character reference form. This is a simple one-page with your name, candidate ID, as well as name, contact details and signature of your recommender. This person can be a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, your professor, or your current or former supervisor.
(b) Proof of Identification
You need either a valid official passport or national identity card. This ID needs to be scanned and uploaded to the Document Upload Portal in the IIA website.
For those who are not eligible for the CIA exam, you can consider the specialty exams which has a slightly lower educational requirement. Please refer to this page for more information.
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