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CIA Exam Registration and Application Process: Are You Ready?


The CIA exam registration and application is very straightforward because everything can be done online.

IIA runs the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) that it handles the entire application and registration process smoothly. It also allows you to monitor your certification progress, access exam scores, report the continuing professional education (CPE) credits, and print receipts for your exam fees at any time.

I go through the process with you in this video:

Here is the transcript for those who prefer to read the text.

In order to sit for the exam, you need to go through a two-step process involving two layers of fees:

  1. Application
  2. Registration

1. CIA Exam Application

Once you have fulfilled the CIA exam requirements, you can start the following process.

A) Register as first time user in CCMS and fill out the personal information.

B) Log in and click on the “Complete a Form” link to this page shown below, and click on the appropriate application category.

cia exam registration step 2

C) You will then prompted to pay the application fee ($100 in the US). You can choose to pay by credit card (fastest and recommended way), check or wired transfer. A confirmation email will be sent after successful application.

cia exam registration step 3

2. CIA Exam Registration

Once you receive the confirmation email on successful application, you can start the registration process.

A) Log in and click on the same “Complete a Form” link you did for the application. Select the part(s) you would like to register.

cia exam application step 1

B) Read and agree to the “Price Provision and Condition”.

cia exam application step 2

C) Your registration fee will then be calculated ($200 in this case). If the payment is done by credit card through CCMS, the registration is processed immediately. The other methods may take several weeks.

cia exam application step 3

D) After the registration is processed, you will receive an email with the “Authorization to Test” notification, and information on how to schedule your CIA exam on the Pearson VUE website. It takes 48 hours for the data to upload to their system.

Next Steps

1. Schedule your exam

You can schedule your exam on the Pearson VUE website, pick a test center and choose your preferred language for the exam. Perason VUE emails an “appointment confirmation letter” to you.

2. Explore the CIA exam process

3. Join our community – for free!

About the Author Stephanie

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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  • Morlai Bangura says:

    I really want to take this exam but I don’t know how to register. Thanks

  • Iskandar George says:


    I want to register for the for the CIA exam part 1 and don’t know how to do it. My status is “applied” – I do not know what does that mean. My application v2, experience verification form, Character reference form, and proof of education are all approved. I received 3 e-mails already to confirm the approval and it is stated as well in the CCMS personal page. What should be the next step? It shows too as if I got an application fees waiver>>>>!!!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Iskandar, since I can’t see behind IIA system it is best to approach them directly. It sounds like something that can be resolved easily, no worries 🙂 Regards, Stephanie

      • Ankita says:

        Hi , i have filled first registration form on 2nd but still i have not received any mail for my ID and password what should i do ?

        • Stephanie says:

          Hello Ankita, for technical question on registration, it is best to contact IIA as they can go in the system and take a look. Shouldn’t be an issue though, no worries. Good luck!

    • sade says:

      Hi Iskandar, I am facing same problem, please advise how did you solve it, as all I can see is applied 🙁

  • Hi there,

    I am new in CIA and wanna ask question about dumps. is it real? and so many websites sale the dumps file and there students’s comments on that its real its valid i have passed exam …..

  • salman says:

    where do we upload our educational docments,i want to know that my educationis accepted before i pay the registrations fees?

  • Zie says:

    May I ask, if ever I chose wire transfer in my mode of payment, can I still change it to credit card payment? Because I am not informed that wire transfer is a long process. I don’t know how to delete my exam registration nor to change my mode of payment. Kindly help me. Thanks.

  • barbara says:

    I assume we may register for one part at a time. I dont think I can complete the entire 3 part exam in 6 months.

  • Dana says:

    Hello Stephanie!

    Can you please advise, my supervise tried to complete the Character reference form, however at the field “Recommender’s Signature:” the buttom sign, doest not work. Or my supervisor should sign it by hand?


    • Stephanie says:

      Hmm, I’d love to help, but for technical issue with IIA website, it is best for them to respond directly. If they ignore you or something like that, let me know again.

      Shouldn’t be a big issue in my opinion 😉 Maybe you can try again after a day or so.

  • Dana says:

    Good day!

    Can you please advise, i have tried to register in CCMS as “First time user” however the site showed me the error: “Avectra login failed; please check your information and try again.” It seems like the system does not see my customer#. May be you can suggest anything?

    Thank you,

  • Irfan says:

    My application has been approved however when i go to “Complete a form” i do not see CIA part 1 registration.

    Can someone please help me on why i cannot see or register for the part 1 or any part in general?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hmm… it is better to call IIA for technical question like this. They own the system. Or you can give it a try again after a day? Shouldn’t be a problem if your application is approved.

  • ali says:

    Do we have to pay the application fee again for each part in CIA or this is just for one time?Basically i failed in part 1 so i want retake that part.

  • Tadros Khaleel says:

    Hello, I have previously registered and passed CIA exam Part 1.

    Do I need once again to submit experience and character reference.

    Please advise

    Many thanks,

  • Gugu Majola says:

    I’m interested in doing CIA so where can I get the process to follow and other information as to the duration

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Gugu, simply click on the link under Step 1 above. Or you can choose to browse around the IIA website before signing up, that’s a good to make sure the CIA certification is useful for you. Let us know if we can be helpful along the way!

  • Fahim Qadri says:

    Hi There,
    I am planning to start CIA certification. I just want to confirm that, Is there any free registration offer in the month of August?
    Looking forward for your reply.
    Fahim Qadri

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Fahim, free registration was offered last year (probably around August 2016, I forgot). Not sure about this year though, too early to tell. Regards, Stephanie

  • Almuntaser bellah says:

    hi, what is the difference between CIA Application and CIA – V2 application

  • Vijay says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for article, I am facing a problem in regard to register for CIA exam, I have obtained IIA membership and i am eligible as student to take exam but i am not able to see option to apply as student/professor option. Can you please help me to resolve this issue.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Vijay, for technical issues with the system, it is best to contact the IIA directly because they would be able to see what gets stuck. Good luck! No worries sounds like something easy for them to solve 🙂 Stephanie

  • Monica paul says:

    I have 4.5 years of experience in retail banking and now I want to be an internal auditor in bank. Can I apply for this course ?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Monica,
      It isn’t really a “course” by a qualifying exam… so I would say by signing up for the exam you show your commitment, but you might need to plan for a transition in the career path, e.g. try switching to internal audit in the same firm. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Batista says:

    I really want to register to this exam …but I don’t know how to do it……

  • Krishna V says:

    What is the difference in CIA application & CIA Application V2

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