My 12 Steps after Passing the CIA Exam

after passing the cia exam

Annette is our first exam blogger from Namibia. She passed Part 1 and 2, and is working on the last part. She finally passed the exam in February 2017.

I thought I write a quick post about the process I followed after passing my final Part.

Remark: I passed 6th Feb and my program expiry was 12th Feb – not sure if this process has to be finalised before the expiry date – I just did to be safe – therefore the extreme fast timeline below.

1. The day after (7th Feb) I passed I had my boss signed the Character Reference and Experience Verification Form.

2. I was not sure how to get them to the IIA, so I logged an incident. Whilst searching the IIA website I actually found the Document Upload Centre

3. I submitted all documentation that seemed relevant:

  • Character (Character Reference Form);
  • Educational (e.g. University diplomas/degrees);
  • Professional Experience (Experience Verification Form); and
  • Photo identification (a photo of myself – wrong I missed the ID part (so either ID card or current Passport).

4. Since I uploaded the wrong Photo ID I received the next day a new incident asking me to provide the correct version. So I quickly did (Day 3: the 8th of Feb).

5. Two hours later I received an email that informed that I am officially a CIA and I could request my certificate by applying on CCMS.

6. They also informed me of my CPE duties – 40 hours each year. For passing the CIA I already received 80 hours, 40 hrs for the current year and 40 hrs for the following year.

7. The Certificates are either send via normal post (non-trackable and certain countries can take up to 16 weeks) or express shipping for USD100 to Africa!

8. Due to recent scandals in Namibia regarding overseas post been found torn next to the road I was hesitant to go normal route. I decided to pay USD100 – I worked so hard for the CIA no way I want it to end up next to the road. If certificate is lost you have to pay USD 50 for a reprint.

9. I paid on Saturday, 11th Feb and received an email that instructions have been sent to the printing company and certificates will always be send each Friday.

10. Monday I received another email from UPS notifying me parcel is created and on its way.

11. In between I received another email from the IIA that they have issued me with my e-badge which I obtained by signing up to Acclaim.

12. A week later I finally received my certificate with a welcome letter.

Voila – this was a very quick and effortless process. It might have taken “longer” for me due to the 7 hour time difference between Namibia and USA.

It is a great feeling finally holding the certificate in my hands.

Note from Stephanie

A practical, fun-to-read and exciting post. Thank you Annette! The IIA is efficient and I’ve never got SOS emails from readers concerning certificate delivery (I do for other professional certifications).

Are you hanging the certificate up in the office, or at home? 🙂

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About the Author Annette S

Hello, I was born, raised and have been working in Namibia as an internal auditor. I finally passed my CIA exam after 7 attempts on Part 3!

  • tramabele says:

    Hi Annete

    I’ve just recently completed the final part 3 exam of the CIA program. Is it necessary to fill the experience, education and character reference forms again, which I submitted for initial application into the program, in order to obtain certification.Did you submit them twice or was it your first time when you submitted them after completing exams?

    I’ve made the an Incident on the CCMS concerning the matter but it seems responses sometimes delay.And again I don’t see the forms on the CCMS or IIA Global.Previously I had downloaded them from IIA South Africa.

    Thank you in advance


    • Annette says:

      Hi Tramabele

      When I signed up as a member and applied for the CIA program end of 2011 I did not have to submit these forms (it was still the old system to email the administrators). I hear now from my colleagues that they had to submit the forms on signup, which, especially for the work experience, does not make much sense to me. When I passed all my exams I submitted the forms (for the first time). Unfortunately I cannot give you a better answer. Hope you got an answer from CCMS in the meantime.


  • Harrineck says:

    Hi Annette,

    Honestly, I envy you for your determination to pass this exam. I know how difficult the exam is for I have already attempted Part 3 twice and failed. I am now preparing another attempt, my last attempt. I just can’t afford any more attempts after the impending one. Any advice for me?


    • Annette says:

      Hi Harrineck

      Believe in yourself, study hard and read this blog (it has many motivated people and so many ideas and strategies you can try e.g. read Lynnels in-depth posts on how she tackles part 3).

      I think my last attempt was pure luck (or maybe after so many tries I did actually finally(!) knew my stuff), lol.

      You can do it!

  • Harrineck says:

    Hi Annette,

    Thank you so much for your advice. It has encouraged me. I believe if I continue with the current progress, I can make it. I am currently meeting new questions in my Gleim study materials and I am getting good grades which was not the case in my last two attempts.



  • Ryan Tan says:


    What if i do not hold a degree? Am i still eligible to obtain the certification?


  • Hugo says:

    Hi there,

    Do you have any advice on a study plan for part 3? Timeline?


    Hugo – Namibia

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