CIA Certification Requirements: Determine Your CIA Eligibility & the CIA Exam Requirements

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In order to become a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), you must fulfill the CIA certification requirements. The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) established the Certified Internal Auditor requirements in order to ensure that CIA candidates meet the high standards of the position and represent the profession well. In total, the IIA imposes 9 CIA certification requirements on candidates, but several of them are very easy to fulfill, such as the CIA exam requirements. On the other hand, a few CIA requirements are significant ventures that will take a good deal of time to complete. To help you handle each of them efficiently and effectively, we’ll cover all of the CIA qualifications here.

9 Certified Internal Auditor Requirements

As mentioned, the IIA expects candidates to meet 9 CIA requirements:

  1. Eligibility Period
  2. Education
  3. Experience
  4. Character Reference
  5. Proof of Identification
  6. Exam
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Code of Ethics
  9. Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

The education, experience, and exam requirements are definitely the hardest requirements to meet. To fulfill these requirements, candidates must expend time, effort, and money, so they must be committed to the CIA program. The CPE requirement also requires dedication, but you don’t have to worry about that until you’ve earned the certification. Consequently, the CIA certification requirements do not demand as much from candidates, as they are fairly simple.

Additionally, candidates should aim to meet the Certified Internal Auditor requirements in an order close to that of the list above. Most candidates will have met the education requirements before they even begin the program, and some will have even finished the experience requirement. Therefore, they will have little to do to meet the remaining requirements before they can take the exam.

But the IIA does not require candidates to have finished the experience requirement before they take the exam. Furthermore, the IIA will let students in their senior year of college sit for the exam as well. Therefore, you don’t need to follow the exact order of this list.

IIA Membership: NOT a CIA Certification Requirement

Finally, you should know that IIA membership is NOT an exam requirement. However, IIA membership has its advantages for CIA candidates, such as discounts on the exam application fee.

Country-Specific CIA Requirements

Now that we’ve covered the CIA requirements at the most basic level, we can discuss them in more detail.

However, if you are from one of the following countries, you should refer to your local IIA website or contact your local representative for more information about your local certification process:

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Chinese Taiwan
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UK/Ireland

CIA Qualifications: Eligibility Period

To become a CIA, you must not only meet all of the CIA requirements, but you must also meet them all within the specified time frame. The exact eligibility period for completing the program certification process is 3 years from the date you received approval of your CIA application. If you don’t finish the process within 3 years, you forfeit all fees and exam credit.

CIA Exam Requirements: Education

The IIA expects CIA candidates to have at least an associate’s degree or higher. Acceptable equivalents to an associate’s degree include:

  • Foundation Degree
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Higher National Diploma
  • 3 A-level certificates with a grade of C or higher

The IIA follows the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) guidelines on defining accredited universities.

In order to confirm your education, you must upload one of the following documents to the IIA’s Certification Document Upload Portal:

  • Copy of your degree, official transcripts, or A-level certificates
  • Letter from university confirming degree
  • Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level

However, as mentioned, senior year college students can take the exam before graduation.

Furthermore, for candidates who don’t meet the minimum education requirements, the IIA has made another way to CIA eligibility. Specifically, the IIA may approve candidates who have at least 7 years of verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.

CIA Certification Requirements: Experience

The amount of experience you need to qualify for the CIA depends on the level of education you have. So, the work experience requirements for CIA candidates are as follows:

Education Level

Years of Work Experience Required

Master’s Degree (or equivalent)

12 months – internal auditing experience or its equivalent

Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)

24 months – internal auditing experience or its equivalent

Associate’s Degree, 3 A-Level Certificates, grade C or higher (or equivalent)

60 months – internal auditing experience or its equivalent

The IIA accepts work experience that involves audit/assessment disciplines including external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.

Additionally, your current or former supervisor or a CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA or CRMA must verify your work experience.

You do not have to complete the experience requirement before you take the CIA exam, but you must finish this requirement within the program eligibility period. Otherwise, you cannot be CIA certified.

CIA Exemptions: Education and Experience Waivers

We’ve come to the part of the article where I provide some good news. According to the IIA, the Professional Certification Board (PCB) has approved CIA experience and education exemptions for individuals holding select certifications and licenses. The CIA exemptions apply to the following:


Supporting Requirements Waived

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Qualified Members

Education and Work Experience
U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Active License Holders


The PCB granted these CIA exemptions because the education and experience requirements for ACCA members and the education requirement for U.S. CPAs meet and/or exceed these requirements for the CIA program.

To be considered for these CIA exemptions, you must complete the appropriate fields on the CIA application. If you are an ACCA qualified member or a U.S. CPA, the IIA will place your CIA application into a pending status while their certification administrators verify that your membership/license is active.

CIA Exam Requirements: Character Reference

The IIA holds all CIA candidates to an elevated code of moral and professional behavior. To confirm that you live according to this code, the IIA asks that you submit a character reference form that your professor, your supervisor, or a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, or CRMA has signed.

The character reference form is a 1-page document that requires very little of you or your recommender. But, to be sure that you can submit it in good conscience, you must read the IIA’s Code of Ethics.

CIA Exam Requirements: Proof of Identification

You must prove you are who you say you are by providing the IIA with a copy of your official passport or your national identity card. Both of these must be current, as the IIA will not accept expired documents.

To submit your proof of identification, you must scan it and upload the image to the Document Upload Portal. The photo on your scanned I.D. must be clearly legible.

CIA Certification Requirements: Exam

After you meet the education, character reference, and proof of identification requirements and receive approval for your application, you must take the CIA exam.

The CIA exam has 3 parts with the following titles and topical coverage:

1: Essentials of Internal Auditing

2: Practice of Internal Auditing3: Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing

I. Foundations of Internal Auditing (15%)

I. Managing the Internal Audit Activity (20%)I. Business Acumen (35%)
II. Independence and Objectivity (15%)II. Planning the Engagement (20%)II. Informational Security (25%)
III. Proficiency and Due Professional Care (18%)III. Performing the Engagement (40%)III. Information Technology (20%)
IV. Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (7%)IV. Communicating Engagement Results and Monitoring Progress (20%)IV. Financial Management (20%)
V. Governance, Risk Management, and Control (35%)
VI. Fraud Risks (10%)

To pass Part 1, you must answer 125 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in 150 minutes of total testing time. To pass Part 2 and Part 3 each, you must finish 100 MCQs in 120 minutes. Additionally, the CIA exam is fully computerized, and you can take it at any time of the year.

Passing the CIA exam is one of the most challenging requirements in the certification process, but you don’t have to attempt it alone. Instead, you can use a CIA review course to learn everything you need to know to pass. And, you can save on your CIA exam prep with my CIA review discounts.

CIA Certification Requirements: Confidentiality

Once you pass the CIA exam, you must keep the contents of the exam confidential. The CIA exam is non-disclosed, which means you can’t talk about specific exam content with anyone but the IIA’s Certification Department.

In fact, the IIA considers the unauthorized disclosure of exam material a breach of the Code of Ethics. Therefore, if you’re found guilty of such activity, you could be disqualified from the program.

Certified Internal Auditor Requirements: Code of Ethics

Speaking of the Code of Ethics, as a CIA candidate, you agree to abide by this code in order to hold the CIA certification.

CIA Qualifications: Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Finally, once you have received the CIA certification, you must satisfy the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements. The IIA demands CPE so that CIAs can maintain their knowledge and skills while staying up to date on industry improvements and current developments.

During the year in which you earn the CIA certification, the IIA will award you 40 hours of CPE. Then, they will award you another 40 CPE hours the following year, for a total of 80 CPE hours.

After that, the number of annual CPE hours you must complete depends on the reporting status of your certification. This chart delineates your status options and the corresponding number of annual CPE hours expected of you.

Reporting Status

DefinitionUse Certification?

CPE Hours for CIA


Actively performing internal audit or related activitiesYes40
Non-practicingNot actively performing internal audit or related activitiesNo


No matter your reporting status, 2 of the CPE hours you acquire every year must focus on the subject of ethics. In order for your CPE to be valid, you must ensure that you earn your CPE from educational programs that meet the PCB’s established guidelines.

How to Become a Certified Internal Auditor

Now that you know what meeting the CIA requirements involves, you can start the process of becoming a Certified Internal Auditor. This process is not too complicated, especially if you have already fulfilled a few of the requirements, such as the education requirement. However, you can get plenty of help along the way by signing up for my free CIA e-course. This course tells you everything you need to know about pursuing the CIA and passing the CIA exam on your first attempt.

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  • SAM EYO says:

    I’m a chartered accountant and a certified tax practitioner with diversified experience,spanning over 20 years,a chunk of which has been at the headship level of internal audit and external audit practice.
    However, your eligibility criteria for exam application appears too narrow to accommodate my kind of profile .
    Do you have some other considerations in my favour OR is what you’ve published here exactly what is required?

  • Mr.unknown says:

    U have any short cut to do this registration m from India,Punjab,dist ludhiana,teh jagraon,mallah.

  • Farhan says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Farhan is here again. I wanted to know how to verify whether I’m eligible or not for CIA. I tried to apply for the enrollment but they are asking for 200 USD before any further processing. Does that mean if my application is rejected then I would lose 200?


  • ADiL says:


    I dont have the professional experience of any kind as I am a fresh graduate in Accounting & Finance. So, can I take the CIA exams now and get the professional experience later?

  • Jen says:

    Hi, I am an Accountancy graduate and currently working as an accountant. I want to take the CIA exam but unfortunately I have no experience directly related to internal AUDIT. But I am currently working for a company which has no existing internal audit department and our department serves us the control department of the company. Would it be counted in as a qualified experience. Thank you

  • Xuan Feng says:

    I am currently a graduate MS. Accounting student in U.S. My university require all of us to complete 45 credits to get the degree. However, I have got my bachelor degree in China, and my previous major is not accounting-related. In order to meet the 150 credits minimum requirement, I would like to know what do I do to get credit of my bachelor degree in U.S? THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Xuan, I am not sure if I understand your question, but I assume that you are asking about the requirement for the CPA exam (instead of the CIA exam)? If so, your china degree should give you 120 non-accounting credits. If your 45 credit from your master’s is all accounting related, you are more than ok to fulfill the CPA educational requirements. So not sure where the issue is…

      If you are simply asking how to have your China credit hours required by the state board, the evaluation report is your answer. More info here:

  • YSIL says:

    I am Chartered Accountant in Practice (India) having two years experience of External Auditing. Whether i am eligible for CIA Exams?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi YSIL, it depends on your education level. If you have what’s listed above, you are fine.
      As for external audit, it is likely to be counted as relevant experience. Besides passing the exam, you need the experience to get the certification. Regards, Stephanie

  • mae says:

    im fresh graduate of BSA. wat if i dont have yet experience. and i want to take this exam. if i pass for exmple… u can immediately give me my certificate or i need to work as a IA to get that certificate?

  • Antriksh says:

    I have a query.
    My graduation degree (B.COM) is a 3 year degree to be completed in a minimum of 3 years and maximum of 6 years. However, since I also pursued chartered accountancy after my higher secondary (i.e. 10+2) I got credit for a few subjects transferred from chartered accountancy to B.COM. Due to this I’ll be completing my B.COM in roughly 1.5-2 years of time. Will I be eligible for taking the CIA exam considering the fact that credits were transferred.

  • nndileleni says:

    I have National diplomain internal auditing and 4 years expirience in internal auditing do i qualify to sit for exams

    • Stephanie says:

      Hello, it’s hard for me to tell because different country has a different definition of diploma. I would try emailing IIA and see if they can give you a direct answer. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Gabrielle says:

    I have recently enrolled onto the CIA (I have a degree too). I now have 2 years internal audit experience with my current employer but have not passed any CIA exams yet. Can I get my experience signed off by my current employer and move to a new employer and do the exams with them?

    I am from the UK

  • Fenia says:


    I’ve passed all three parts and I have uploaded all the documents required in the documents upload system before my application’s expiration date.

    However, only my experience verification form was approved and received no feedback regarding the other two (and this is why I reupload them today).

    I was so anxious and confused when I saw in the certification progress part that there is no reference of my passing the 3 parts successfully…

    Do you know whether I will be able to order my CIA certificate once the two documents are successfully approved although my application expiration date has passed ?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    My best regards,


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Fenia, since we can’t actually access to your profile, it’s hard to give suggestions. But I am quite sure IIA will be able to help you out. Doesn’t sound to be a big issue but it is best to get this sorted out before your application expiry date. Regards, Stephanie

  • Sami says:

    Hi ,I have created account at IIA CCMS and tried to apply for the enrollment but they are asking for 200 USD .So, before payment how could I confirm my eligibility requirement? I have six years internal and external audit experience and completed bachelors degree (three years course) from Nepal.So, how could I verify my eligibility requirement before payment?

  • Brandee says:

    I am getting ready to apply and submit the required documents to sit for the CIA exam. I noticed on the IIA website that there is an Internal Audit Practitioner designation that can be obtained through taking part one of the exam. I would like some clarification to make sure I understand the process and take advantage of the opportunity. From what I understand on the IIA’s website is I will need to complete an application for the Internal Audit Practitioner and pay a fee (of course, complete the full application process), then take part one and upon completion of part one I will have this designation. Is this correct?

  • MS says:


    I am an ACCA member and have completed Bsc Hons in accountancy from Oxford Brookes and have 5 years of experience. So can you please tell me the eligibility for CIA and submitting my application for CIA thereafter?.

    Thanks and Regards,

  • Jason says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I had a question in regards to the experience criteria. Do you have any idea if the IIA counts intern/co-op experience in internal audit towards the two two years? I have spent the equivalent of 1 full year interning with a large sized company and was curious if this might be relevant experience.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Jason, I am not sure. At least the IIA doesn’t exclude internships so it is possible. I suggest to send an email to IIA, and when you describe your work try to package it as something equivalent to a full-time experience. Good luck! Stephanie

  • NASER says:

    hi sir
    is there deferent in requirment between members and for nounmembers students

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Naser, I am not sure what you mean by deferent, but the requirements are the same for IIA members and non-membrs. The difference is on the price (as in members get quite a bit of discounts).

  • BOITUMELO says:

    * I am in possession of national diploma in internal auditing,now is it possible for me to do CIA?
    * If so how much is it and for how long?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Boitumelo, is your diploma equivalent to a degree? Because it may not be so in the US. Anyway, you can go to through the alternative route but it isn’t the case. You may want to double check with IIA before applying.

  • Haocheng Wen says:

    I have a question. Why China has 4 parts of the exam instead of 3 parts? Can I finish the first 3 parts of the exam in US and take the part 4 exam in China?

  • Prayan says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I have a 3 year full-time bachelors in commerce, intermediate levels of Chartered Accountancy & a Masters in Commerce (distance)…my query pertains to validity in terms of time for the above as an eligibility to CIA.
    Thanks a zil in advance.

  • Phiwa says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I am about to finish my Btech Internal Auditing, can i do articles towards being a chartered accountant and still write the CIA exam?

  • Frank says:

    I have a Master’s degree and more than two year lecturing experience lecturing Internal Audit. Does this qualify me for the Experience requirement

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Frank, I know academia counts for CPA and CMA but not sure about CIA. You can ask IIA in advance. Regards, Stephanie

      • Frank says:

        Thanks for your helpful reply Stephanie. How do I contact them as regards this. And can I write the CIA Exams first even though my experience isn’t completed because someone mentioned that one can but cannot receive the certificate till the experience requirement is completed.


        • Stephanie says:

          Hi Frank, you can email them. I find this the best way because you’ll have a black-and-white record of the correspondence. As for whether you can complete the experience later, sure you can. It’s only that you can’t call yourself a CIA until you get the experience done.

  • Aashna says:

    Hi, I have done my bachelors of management degree for 3 years and then a masters in commerce for 2 years. And currently working at KPMG in the GRCS department, advisory. Am i eligible to give the CIA exam?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Aashna, definitely ok for exam requirements, and I am 99% sure it’s fine for the experience as compliance is listed as a relevant experience. If you want to make sure, you may want to double check with the IIA. Regards, Stephanie

  • MR.CRITICIZE says:

    Many people here posted stupid questions and have no initiation to research for themselves. How can you pass the CIA exam by not doing those simple things.

    • Stephanie says:

      Dear Mr Criticize and whatever you like to call yourself on the day:
      This is your third time posting unhelpful comments. It’s enough. Stop wasting your time. If you are angry or frustrated at the CIA exam, just move on. Belittling and mocking other aspiring CIAs does not make you any stronger. All the best to you.

  • Pham says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Quick question if you don’t mind: I’m currently working as an audit staff at Deloitte. My manager who will mostly verify my work experience and character is a CPA but has none of the IIA certification (CIA, CGAP, CFSA, CCSA, CRMA). Can my work experience and character verification still be accepted to apply for CIA certification? Thank you in advance for your advice!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Pham, the verifier can be either your boss OR CIA/CGAP/CFSA/CCSA/CRMA. So no problem to ask your manager to verify the experience for you. Regards, Stephanie

  • Joanel Atome says:

    Hello, I have heard that as an ACCA member I qualify to only sit for the level 3 exam but I have been searching for that information everywhere on the IIA website but I cannot find it. Can you help me clarify that information?
    Thank you

  • margarette says:

    Do they consider accounting experience for the required experience to become CIA.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Margarette,
      As mentioned above in #2, related business experience such as accounting can be counted as 1 year of experience. So yes to some extent, but you still need some specific IA / audit / compliance experience to fulfill the requirements.

  • nikki says:

    I am doing my CA-Final and also enrolled to B.COM course with IGNOU so currently i dont have bachelors degree. So my question is am i eligible to write exam before i obtain bachelors degree?

  • Loreena says:

    Hi Stephanie!

    I want to firstly complement you on the site and all the useful information you share!

    Secondly, (and although I know the best way would be to ask the IIA) do you think that the experience as a supervision authority examiner would comply with the experience requirements? My job is to examine the financial institutions (in a similar way in many regards to the internal audit, but also from a supervisory point of view), and among others to assess the job done by the internal audit as well.

    thanks for your time!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Loreena,
      Thanks for your note! As you said, it’s best to check with the IIA 😉 It isn’t the most standard type of job for this niche so I think it is best for the IIA to give you the answer. Best of luck in getting a favorable reply! Stephanie

  • Ruth says:

    Hello,I am South African residence who holds Accounting science(Bompt) degree and I have 2 years of internal audit working experience, 3 years of external auditing working experience and one year in accounting/consulting service. My questions are:
    1. Am i eligible to write CIA exams with this acquired experience.
    2. Does CIA exam divided into parts, e.g part 1, part 2 etc or is a once off exam written in one day
    3. Do i have to first become a member of IIASA before admission to the CIA examination

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Ruth!
      To answer your questions:
      1. I believe you are ok with your eligibility with the bachelor degree. It looks to me that you have fulfilled the working experience as well 🙂
      2. Yes it is divided into 3 parts. We cover them all here in this site. The first one is here: (you can take them in any sequence)
      3. No you don’t need to be a member, but in most cases the discount for a member makes it worth it anyway.

      Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Nikhil says:


    I am Nikhil I completed bcom (3 years) from India, I worked for a private company as a junior accountant for 1 and half year. I completed one year post graduate certificate program (financial planning) in Canada and pursuing another post graduate certificate program (strategic management accounting).
    The above mentioned are my details and I few queries which ill post below.
    1. Is my indian bcom degree directly eligible for that 3 year/4year education criteria or do I have to evaluate my degree?
    2. will my work experience count?
    3. Can I use my post graduation certificate programs in cia eligibility criteria?


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Nikhil,
      Thanks for your note. On your questions:
      1. I believe for the CIA Exam, your BCOM degree is sufficient, but you may want to confirm with the IIA. It may help also to mention your Canadian certificate program, just in case.

      2. Accounting experience is considered related but not directly relevant, and should get counted for up to a year.

      3. Guess I answer that in 1.

      Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Tim says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am business admin graduate with a concentration in Marketing. I have one year experience as QA specialist for a payments company. Our testing includes mostly call monitoring, dialer testing, sprinkled with some CIP and Reg Z/Reg E. I will be moving to a role where I will be doing mostly call monitoring and outside collection agency management (reviewing dunning notices, monitoring accounts subject to bankruptcy, tax levies etc.) I am concerned that my work experience may not qualify. Could you give me your best guess whether or not either of these positions would qualify?

    Thank you,


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Tim,
      It isn’t the most relevant experience, but I think there is a good chance to at least get 1 year of recognition because it is assurance and regulatory related. I would ask the IIA (and of course package your job description the best you can) and see how they reply. It’s really up to them. Good luck!

  • Shweta says:

    I have Masters degree in Commerce from Mumbai University (India) and an Inter CA.
    I have work experience in internal audit from January 2008 to July 2016 with a private CA firm.
    I would like to enroll myself for the CIA course to gain specialization in internal auditing.
    My concern is that I am on a break from my work since July 2016. Can i still register for the CIA course as I fulfill the basic criteria or job continuity is required at the time of registeration?
    Kindly let me know.


  • Beenish B Meghani says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I have completed my CPA recently and Have Bachelors degree from Pakistan, Completed ACCA and Bachelor from Oxford brooks university. I am currently working as an external auditor. To continue my education I am thinking to start CIA. As I think it would add more value in my resume and board my market. I want your opinion What else I can do other than CIA? Secondly do I qualify for CIA Certification? Should I have to evaluate my degree from back home or will the evaluation for CPA will work?
    Need your advice

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Beenish,
      Thanks for your note. I have to say CIA certification is relevant to a niche industry (internal audit), so you’ll need to decide whether this is sufficient interest in this area. You probably have a good idea given your work as (external) audit which is great. If not sure, you can always wait. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Shweta says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I have Masters degree in Commerce from Mumbai University (India) and an Inter CA.
    I have work experience in internal audit from January 2008 to July 2016 with a private CA firm.
    I would like to enroll myself for the CIA course to gain specialization in internal auditing.
    My concern is that I am on a break from my work since July 2016. Can i still register for the CIA course as I fulfill the basic criteria or job continuity is required at the time of registeration also?
    Kindly let me know. Awaiting your reply as i am planning to register by Nov end.


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Shweta,
      Taking a break is no problem, and you should be able to count your earlier years in IA to fulfill the experience requirements. I would say go for it! Stephanie

  • Yenenesh says:

    hi am yenenesh from Ethiopia , i have a BA in accounting and have more than 7 years experience from different international NGO as Senior Finance and administration officer and currently am working as finance coordinator ,
    1. is the work experience i have it fulfill the registration requirement
    2. how i can get the reading material from part 1 up to part 3
    3 my plan is to to registered for part one and part two (which means to plan to settle the payment for registration fee for both part) so how i can mange the exam which mean is that a possibility ways that even if i pay for the two curses can i i take the exam with 3 month interval
    4. please a indicate me the web site to buy the books online


    Yenenesh R

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Yenenesh,
      Thanks for our note. The IIA is looking more for audit / assurance type of experience, so yours may not be considered relevant enough. Please double check with the IIA.

      2. We have a full page on the pros and cons of popular CIA review course providers here:

      3. You can simply schedule the 2 exam parts on different dates.

      4. Please check the link @ #2. Thanks!

  • Alex says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am a “Compliance Auditor.” I do SOX testing, internal controls, and audits within my company. Does this experience qualify as “internal audit” experience? I do internal audit, it’s just my title is not “Internal Auditor.”


  • Seema says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    i have a few questions. i have a post graduate degree in Finance and also one year of work experience in compliance, so i think i am eligible, but I am not working currently. Who will sign my character reference form?
    Do we need to get the transcripts evaluated from some institution the way we get it done for CPÅ?

    • Meghan D says:


      A person with an IIA certification, your supervisor, or your professor may sign the character reference form.

      Yes, you will need to provide the IIA with a copy of your evaluation documents confirming your degree level.


  • Syed ahmed says:

    ehello stephanie

    I am working in HSBC EDPI in payments opertions and compliance investigations, intrested in pursuing cia certification i wantto know am i eligible to apply for certification please advise.


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Syed,
      I am not familiar with compliance investigations but it sounds pretty ok to me 🙂 I suggest you check with the IIA and confirm.

      For education you are certainly qualified and you can start taking the exam any time.

      Please let us know how it goes! Stephanie

  • Imran Khan says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I am currently working in Credit Risk Division for 7years+ in HSBC. I have completed my Bachelor Degree from Bangladesh. Since I have no experience in Internal Audit but I like to switch my craeer in Internal Audit & pursue CIA, whether I am eligible to apply for this certification?

    Also, I would like to know whther CIA certificate has life long validity or for specific period?


    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Imran, In terms of applying there is no problem at all. You are qualified as long as you have the bachelor degree.

      The only thing in on the experience requirement – I am not sure about credit risk but compliance in general can be counted in the experience requirements. It is close enough and I suggest you check with the IIA and see. At the very least I think it can be seen as relevant, meaning it will be counted for 1 year.

      In any case, after you pass the CIA exam, it is likely much easier for you to apply for internal transfer because it is a very respected qualification in the Internal Audit niche.

      Yes the certification does not expire but each year CIA certificate holders are required to self-certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours.

      Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Alisha says:

    Hey Stephanie,

    I have no bachelor degree but i have completed my CA inter and CMA inter Currently doing my articleship , Am I eligible for doing this course.
    Or can I be eligible after completion of CA or should I have graduation certificate for sure.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Alisha,
      From what I know, only ACCA and US CPA can be used to waive the requirement. But then, if you have post-secondary school qualification, it may be helpful. Otherwise, if you are able to show 7 years of experience, that’s another way to waive as well. Regards, Stephanie

  • Ali says:

    Can I print the character reference form or it has to be filled by typing? How will the recommender sign it that way?

    • Meghan D says:

      Hi Ali,

      You can print it out after typing on the PDF, or you can fill it in by hand. Either way, the form needs to be signed on the printed copy. I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      I Pass the CIA Exam

  • Yahya says:

    Hi Stephanie and Good Morning!

    I took cia exam part1 and I failed. How long I must wait to retake this part(1) again?

    Also, I am interested to take online course for part 2 only for a Can I register my name for one with your office.

    • Meghan D says:

      Hello! You must wait 90 days to sit again for the CIA exam. Also, you can find information here about what to do if you fail the CIA exam.. If you’re interested in purchasing an online review program for CIA part 2, please see my recommended CIA review courses.You can purchase one part by itself. If you can’t figure out how to do so, please send an email to stephanie[at]

      Kind regards,
      I Pass the CIA Exam

  • Rose Nordin says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Must I take the practice exams first before registering for the Part 1 exam? If not, where do I register to take the exam?

    Thanks Stephanie!

    • Rose Nordin says:

      Stephanie it’s Rose again. I don’t know where to add to my earlier question. Anyway, I went to the “Complete a form” page to register but I didn’t see the same page as shown by you i.e. CIA – Part 1 registration to select the form. What did I miss? Thanks again!

    • Meghan D says:

      I replied to a similar comment of yours on another post. Please email us if you have any questions!

      I Pass the CIA Exam

  • Georgia says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Above where it states “The experience must be obtained within the duration of the CIA program, that is, 4 years counting from the day of payment.”
    Was this stated on the IIA official site? I don’t see it on experience verification form.


  • Thiem Cu says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve already finished CIA 03 Parts. But i don’t know how to request for the Certificate and how long it takes to receive the certificate after i request. Please give me some information.

  • Vikash Vasani says:

    I am enrolled as a Master’s in commerce student for Distance learning from Mumbai university, India.
    We have 4 subjects in 1st Year and 4 subjects in second year.
    Am I eligible for student discount ?

  • Olivia says:

    I meet all the requirements except the 2 year work experience. Can i take the exam while getting my work experience and receive the certification when my 2 year of experience hits?

  • Dan says:

    How can I be sure that my current work responsibilities meet the experience requirement?

    • Meghan D says:

      Hi Dan!

      If you don’t think your work experience checks the boxes within this post, we recommend you reach out to the IIA directly and provide them your work experience details.

      We hope this helps!

      I Pass the CIA Exam

  • Zwivhuya Carol Nemakonde says:

    Good day.
    I am 18 years of age and I am From South Africa. I would like to find out if this CIA program also works in this part of the world.
    I hope to hear from you soon.

  • Muhammed says:

    Sincerely this article covers and overwhelms the required details which I needed, I`ve been studying the syllabus solely without any professionals guidance, therefore sometimes I feel confused while I study that`s why I hope if there anybody who can bring me a practical case which he-she has faced in her designation. seriously I do eager to be a certified internal auditor, this definitely won`t be that easy.

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