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IIA CIA Exam Changes: Major CIA Syllabus Changes in 2019

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In the ever-changing environment of the business and accounting industries, professional accounting exams must be adjusted every 5-6 years to keep up. The last major CIA exam changes occurred in 2013, so it’s about time.

And by that I mean, IIA CIA exam changes are coming on January 1, 2019. If you plan to take the exam on or after that date or are looking for motivation to finish the exam before next year, let me tell you all about the 2019 CIA exam changes so you can prepare.

The Purpose of CIA Exam Changes

In early 2017, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) conducted an extensive analysis of the modern internal audit profession. With their research, they uncovered the knowledge, skills, and abilities current internal audit professionals need in their positions. The IIA then decided to modify the CIA exam syllabus so that the new version assess CIA candidates for such information and capabilities.

According to the IIA, an exam syllabus is an outline summarizing the topic areas the exam addresses. Therefore, each part of the CIA exam has its own separate syllabus. For this reason, CIA exam review providers and candidates can use the 3 CIA exam syllabi to identify and learn the content on which the exam will cover. The exam focuses on this content in order to prove candidate proficiency in internal audit during the process of earning the CIA designation.

The Timing of the 2019 CIA Exam Changes

As I mentioned, a new iteration of the CIA exam will launch on January 1, 2019. The IIA will release the updated English version of the exam first. Then, other language versions of the exam will become available gradually throughout 2019.

Language Availability Date
French and Spanish June 1, 2019
German and Turkish July 1, 2019
Arabic and Russian August 1, 2019
Korean and Portuguese September 1, 2019
Chinese Traditional and Japanese October 1, 2019
Chinese Simplified December 2019 or early 2020

The Extent of the CIA Exam Changes 2019

Unaffected CIA Exam Features

The format of the CIA exam, which includes the following exam components, will remain the same:

Exam Structure

3 Parts

Exam Duration

Part 1: 150 minutes

Part 2: 120 minutes

Part 3: 120 minutes

Number of Exam Questions

Part 1: 125

Part 2: 100

Part 3: 100

Exam Grading

Scale: 250-700

Passing Score: 600

The CIA exam requirements will also stay the same.

Affected CIA Exam Features

The IIA has adjusted the syllabus of all 3 parts to reflect the latest global practice of internal audit. In particular, the IIA has revised Part 1 and Part 2 to better align with The IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

The IIA has also switched a few sections between Part 1 and Part 2 to create a more focused and coherent syllabus. Therefore, candidates who have already taken Part 1 or 2 may see some subject areas repeats if they take the other part in 2019.

CIA Syllabus Changes

Each new CIA syllabus for 2019 differs significantly from each old CIA syllabus 2018. As you can see in this comparison of the IIA syllabus for each part, the CIA Part 1 syllabus and the CIA Part 2 syllabus have gained content areas, while the CIA Part 3 syllabus has lost content areas.

CIA Part 1 Syllabus Changes

Part 1 CIA Syllabus 2018 Part 1 CIA Syllabus 2019
I. Mandatory Guidance (35-45%) I. Foundations of Internal Auditing (15%)
II. Internal Control / Risk (25-35%) II. Independence and Objectivity (15%)
III. Conducting Internal Audit Engagements – Audit Tools and Techniques (25-35%) III. Proficiency and Due Professional Care (18%)
IV. Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (7%)
V. Governance, Risk Management, and Control (35%)
VI. Fraud Risks (10%)

CIA Part 2 Syllabus Changes

Part 2 CIA Syllabus 2018 Part 2 CIA Syllabus 2019
I. Managing the Internal Audit Function (40-50%) I. Managing the Internal Audit Activity (20%)
II. Managing Individual Engagements (40-50%) II. Planning the Engagement (20%)
III. Fraud Risks and Controls (5-15%) III. Performing the Engagement (40%)
IV. Communicating Engagement Results and Monitoring Progress (20%)

CIA Part 3 Syllabus Changes

Part 3 CIA Syllabus 2018 Part 3 CIA Syllabus 2019
I. Governance / Business Ethics (5-15%) I. Business Acumen (35%)
II. Risk Management (10-20%) II. Informational Security (25%)
III. Organizational Structure / Business Processes and Risks (15-25%) III. Information Technology (20%)
IV. Communications (5-10%) IV. Financial Management (20%)
V. Management / Leadership Principles (10-20%)
VI. IT / Business Continuity
VII. Financial Management (10-20%)
VIII. Global Business Environment (0-10%)

The new syllabi also provide more information about how deeply the exam expects candidates to understand each topic. For example, the old syllabus told candidates to know all topics at the Proficient level as opposed to the Awareness level. Consequently, each new syllabus specifies whether an individual subtopic requires a Basic or Proficient level of knowledge. This detail helps candidates get a better impression of the relative importance of every topic.

Part 1 Changes in the CIA Exam

cia exam part 1 changes
The new CIA exam Part 1 syllabus reorganizes this part to cover a macro view of internal audit. Furthermore, the syllabus will go deeper into the foundations of internal auditing as defined by the IIA mission statements and standards.

Part 1 will also test the overall concept of governance, risk management and control, and fraud risk in more detail.

The syllabus has moved the application portion of internal audit (e.g. audit tools and techniques) to Part 2.

Section I to IV

These 4 sections include:

  • Foundations of Internal Auditing
  • Independence and Objectivity
  • Proficiency and Due Professional Care
  • Quality Assurance and Improvement Program

They are essentially the same as Section I in the old syllabus. The combined weighting (15%+15%+18%+7% = 55%) is higher than the old one (35-45%).

Changes include:

  • Under section IC, one new topic has been added on interpreting the difference between assurance and consulting services provided by the internal audit activity.
  • The questions involving definition will align with specific IIA standards instead of general rules in auditing.

Section V

Governance, Risk Management, and Control now appear in this section. Originally, these topics were located under Section II in the old syllabus.

Additionally, the subtopics in this section are almost evenly split between a Basic knowledge level requirement and a Proficient knowledge level requirement.

Finally, the weighting has increased from 25-35% to 35%.

Section VI

Fraud Risks was part of the old Section II. But now, this topic has merged with Section III in Part 2 to form a new separate section. At 10%, the weighting is about the same.

Furthermore, in the old exam, these topics were tested at the Awareness level in Part 1 and progressed to the Proficient level in Part 2. However, in the new exam, candidates must know almost all of these topics at the Proficient level.

Transferred Section

The old Section III, Conducting Internal Audit Engagement (25-35%), has moved to Part 2.

Knowledge Levels Required for CIA Exam Part 1 Topics




CIA Exam Changes in Part 2

cia exam part 2 changes
The new CIA Part 2 syllabus now clarifies that this part tests the application of internal audit.

Specifically, Part 2 assesses candidates’ knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the IIA’s Performance Standards (Series 2000, 2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, and 2600) and current internal audit practices.

Section I

This section, called Managing the Internal Audit Activity, is the same as Section 1 in the old syllabus.

Nevertheless, Section I places less emphasis on the strategic role of internal auditors (previously addresses in Section 1A) and now only tests on this topic at the Basic level.

Accordingly, this section has experienced a great reduction in overall weighting, going from 40-50% to 20%.

Section II and IV

Previously, Section II on Planning the Engagement was the first part of the old Section II.

Additionally, Section IV on Communicating Engagement Results was the second part of the old Section II.

Not surprisingly, the newly combined weighting of this (20% + 20% = 40%) falls within the same range as the old version (40-50%).

Section III

The Performing the Engagement section used to be in Section III in Part 1. But now, the weighting has increased from 25-35% in old Part 1 to 40% in the new Part 2.

Transferred Section

The old Section III on Fraud Risk now resides in Section VI. Fraud Risk in Part 1.

Knowledge Levels Required for CIA Exam Part 2 Topics




Part 3 CIA Exam Changes

cia exam part 3 changes
The new CIA Part 3 syllabus considerably streamlines this content to feature only the areas most relevant to internal auditors. For example, the IIA removed business competition, conflict management, cultural and political environment, and communications from the new CIA Part 3 syllabus.

Interestingly, the once heavily tested topic about COSO and ISO 31000 seems to have disappeared as well.

As a result, the new syllabus places much greater weight on Information Security and Information Technology.

Section I

This Business Acumen section is a combination of the old Sections III and V. For this reason, most of the topics continue to test at the Basic level. However, performance measures and the risk/control implications of common business processes now require a Proficient level of knowledge.

Moreover, with 35%, the weighting of this section stays within the old 25-40% range.

Section II and III

These two sections on Information Security and Information Technology pull from the old Section VI on the same subject. But, the weighting has increased significantly, going from a range of 15-25% to 45%.

Although, the cognitive level continues to be Basic. So, this section just tests candidates at an introductory level of the topics.

Section IV

This section on Financial Management is a duplicate of the old Section VII on the same subject. Hence, the testing level is still Basic for all topics except financial analysis (the ratios).

Once again, the weighting (20%) remains in the same range (15-20%) found in the old syllabus.

Knowledge Levels Required for CIA Exam Part 3 Topics




The Effects of the IIA CIA Exam Changes on CIA Candidates

New Exam Candidates

Overall, it’s hard to tell whether the new syllabus makes the exam harder or easier. Therefore, most candidates will make the safe choice and take the exam before the major changes arrive.

Similarly, the CIA exam review course providers also encourage you to take the CIA exam as soon as possible. Why? Because they can’t really tell what the new exam questions will look like and which topics will get the most attention until the updated exam arrives in early 2019. At that point, the review providers will need a few months to adjust their practice questions and exams to better reflect the altered exam content.

Candidates Taking Part 1 and/or Part 2

As I mentioned, the topic switches taking place between the 2018 CIA syllabi and the 2019 CIA syllabi means that candidates who took Part 1 or Part 2 in 2018 may see some of the same topics when they sit for the other part in 2019.

On the other hand, if you have to retake Part 1 or Part 2 in 2019, you’ll have to study some new topics in order to pass the new version.

Candidates Taking Part 3

Part 3 is now less of a mixed bag, which could be good news for many candidates.

For instance, Governance and ISO 31000 may no longer be tested (at least, the new syllabus does not explicitly mention them as the old syllabus did).

Also, the exam will still test financial management at the Basic level. In that case, those who use Gleim can still to stay away from the complex computational practice questions. The ratios remain important though. For this reason, you should memorize the formulas and know how to apply them.

Candidates Who Have Already Passed at Least 1 CIA Exam Part

Maybe you’re wondering, “I’ve already passed one part of the CIA exam. Do I need to retake that part in 2019? Will my credit for passed CIA exam parts carry over?”

No, you do not need to retake any passed parts in 2019. Because yes, credit for passed exam parts will carry over. As a result, you can combine credit for a part passed in 2018 with a part passed in 2019. Just remember: you have 4 years to pass all 3 CIA exam parts.

Preparing for the CIA Exam Changes 2019

Because the CIA exam changes won’t arrive until 2019, you still have time to pass the all 3 parts and avoid the changes. I strongly suggest that you make the commitment to doing this. Even if you only pass 1 or 2 parts in 2018, you’ll reduce the number of parts you must pass in 2019. In this position, you’ll also have reduced the amount of uncertainty you would have to face in the process of passing the CIA exam.

You can further diminish CIA exam uncertainty by taking our free mini-course. This course will help you pass the CIA exam with ease, so sign up directly below:

Gleim CIA Review Course Changes

Gleim CIA Review is the most widely used CIA review course, and many of my readers use it. Therefore, I’d like to demonstrate just how much the CIA exam will change on January 1, 2019, by revealing how much the content of the 2019 edition of Gleim CIA Review differs from the 2018 edition. You can compare the detailed table of contents from each part of the 2019 Gleim course to your 2018 Gleim course to get a better sense of the new CIA exam syllabi’s effects.

Gleim CIA Review Part 1 Detailed Table of Contents

Study Unit 1. Foundations of Internal Auditing

  • 1.1. Applicable Guidance (page 9)
  • 1.2. Codes of Ethical Conduct for Professionals (page 13)
  • 1.3. Internal Audit Ethics — Introduction and Principles (page 14)
  • 1.4. Internal Audit Ethics – Integrity (page 15)
  • 1.5. Internal Audit Ethics — Objectivity (page 16)
  • 1.6. Internal Audit Ethics – Confidentiality (page 17)
  • 1.7. Internal Audit Ethics — Competency (page 17)
  • 1.8. Internal Audit Charter (page 18)

Study Unit 2. Independence, Objectivity, Proficiency, Care, and Quality

  • 2.1. Independence of the Internal Audit Activity (page 30)
  • 2.2. Objectivity of Internal Auditors (page 33)
  • 2.3. Impairment to Independence and Objectivity (page 35)
  • 2.4. Auditor Proficiency (page 38)
  • 2.5. Internal Audit Resources (page 42)
  • 2.6. Due Professional Care and Continuing Professional Development (page 43)
  • 2.7. Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP) (page 46)
  • 2.8. Internal and External Assessments (page 48)
  • 2.9. Reporting on Quality Assurance (page 51)

Study Unit 3. Governance

  • 3.1. Governance Principles (page 60)
  • 3.2. Roles of Internal Auditors in Governance (page 66)
  • 3.3. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (page 68)

Study Unit 4. Risk Management

  • 4.1. Risk Management Processes (page 79)
  • 4.2. COSO Framework — Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) (page 86)
  • 4.3. ISO 31000 Risk Management Framework (page 98)

Study Unit 5. Controls: Types and Frameworks

  • 5.1. Overview of Control (page 110)
  • 5.2. Types of Controls (page 114)
  • 5.3. Control Frameworks (page 118)

Study Unit 6. Controls: Application

  • 6.1. Flowcharts and Process Mapping (page 138)
  • 6.2. Accounting Cycles and Associated Controls (page 142)
  • 6.3. Management Controls (page 154)

Study Unit 7. Fraud Risks and Controls

  • 7.1. Fraud — Risks and Types (page 167)
  • 7.2. Fraud — Controls (page 171)
  • 7.3. Fraud – Investigation (page 172)

Gleim CIA Review Part 2 Detailed Table of Contents

Study Unit 1. Internal Audit Operations

  • 1.1. Introduction to Internal Auditing (page 10)
  • 1.2. Internal Audit Administrative Activities (page 12)
  • 1.3. Stakeholder Relationships (page 14)
  • 1.4. Internal Audit Resource Requirements (page 16)
  • 1.5. Coordination (page 18)

Study Unit 2. Assurance and Compliance Engagements

  • 2.1. Assurance Engagements (page 28)
  • 2.2. Risk and Control Self-Assessment (page 31)
  • 2.3. Audits of Third Parties and Contract Auditing (page 35)
  • 2.4. Quality Auditing (page 38)
  • 2.5. Security and Privacy Audits (page 40)
  • 2.6. Performance Auditing (page 43)
  • 2.7. Operational Auditing (page 45)
  • 2.8. Compliance Auditing (page 46)

Study Unit 3. Financial, Environmental, and Consulting Engagements

  • 3.1. Financial Engagements (page 56)
  • 3.2. Environmental Engagements (page 65)
  • 3.3. Consulting Engagements – Overview (page 69)
  • 3.4. Consulting Engagements – Internal Auditor (page 72)
  • 3.5. Consulting Engagements – Benchmarking (page 76)
  • 3.6. Consulting Engagements – Other Types (page 78)

Study Unit 4. The Internal Audit Plan

  • 4.1. Risk-Based Audit Plan (page 88)
  • 4.2. Risk Modeling (page 92)
  • 4.3. Communicating and Reporting to Senior Management and the Board (page 95)

Study Unit 5. Engagement Planning

  • 5.1. Engagement Planning and Risk Assessment (page 104)
  • 5.2. Engagement Objectives, Scope, and Criteria (page 108)
  • 5.3. Engagement Staff and Resources (page 110)
  • 5.4. Engagement Procedures (page 111)
  • 5.5. Engagement Work Program (page 116)

Study Unit 6. Information Gathering

  • 6.1. The Four Qualities of Information (page 126)
  • 6.2. Sources and Nature of Information (page 127)
  • 6.3. Questionnaires (page 130)
  • 6.4. Interviewing (page 131)
  • 6.5. Other Information-Gathering Methods (page 135)

Study Unit 7. Sampling and Statistical Quality Control

  • 7.1. Statistical Concepts (page 144)
  • 7.2. Sampling Concepts (page 148)
  • 7.3. Attribute Sampling (page 150)
  • 7.4. Variables Sampling (page 153)
  • 7.5. Statistical Quality Control (page 156)

Study Unit 8. Analysis, Evaluation, Documentation, and Supervision

  • 8.1. Computerized Audit Tools (page 168)
  • 8.2. Analytical Approaches and Process Mapping (page 170)
  • 8.3. Analytical Review Techniques (page 175)
  • 8.4. Workpapers — Purpose and Characteristics (page 178)
  • 8.5. Workpapers — Review, Control, and Retention (page 180)
  • 8.6. Drawing Conclusions (page 182)
  • 8.7. Supervision (page 184)

Study Unit 9. Communicating Results and Monitoring Progress

  • 9.1. Communication with Clients (page 194)
  • 9.2. Observations and Recommendations (page 195)
  • 9.3. Communicating Engagement Results (page 196)
  • 9.4. Communication Qualities and Overall Opinions (page 198)
  • 9.5. Exit Conference and Management’s Response (page 204)
  • 9.6. Approve and Distribute Reports (page 205)
  • 9.7. Monitor Engagement Outcomes (page 208)

Gleim CIA Review Part 3 Detailed Table of Contents

Study Unit 1. Strategic Management and Planning

  • 1.1. Strategic Management and Planning (page 10)
  • 1.2. Globalization (page 19)

Study Unit 2. Organizational Behavior and Performance Measures

  • 2.1. Organizational Theory (page 40)
  • 2.2. Motivation — Need-Based Theories and Rewards (page 43)
  • 2.3. Motivation — Process-Based Theories, Behavior, Job Design, and Other (page 46)
  • 2.4. Organizational Politics and Group Dynamics (page 49)
  • 2.5. Performance Measures (page 54)
  • 2.6. Performance Measures — Costs of Quality (page 57)
  • 2.7. Performance Measures — Balanced Scorecard (page 58)

Study Unit 3. Leadership, Organizational Structure, and Business Processes

  • 3.1. Leadership (page 68)
  • 3.2. Organizational Structure (page 78)
  • 3.3. Business Process — Human Resources and Outsourcing (page 90)
  • 3.4. Business Process — Pricing and the Supply Chain (page 95)
  • 3.5. Business Process – Procurement (page 99)

Study Unit 4. Project Management and Contracts

  • 4.1. Project Management – Concepts (page 110)
  • 4.2. Project Management – Techniques (page 117)
  • 4.3. Change Management (page 121)
  • 4.4. Contracts (page 122)
  • 4.5. Classification of Contracts (page 125)

Study Unit 5. Workstations, Databases, and Applications

  • 5.1. Workstations and Databases (page 134)
  • 5.2. Application Development and Maintenance (page 147)

Study Unit 6. IT Infrastructure

  • 6.1. Functional Areas of IT Operations (page 163)
  • 6.2. Web Infrastructure (page 165)
  • 6.3. IT System Communications and Software Licensing (page 169)
  • 6.4. Systems that Support Routine Processes (page 176)

Study Unit 7. IT Framework and Data Analytics

  • 7.1. IT Control Frameworks and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Framework (page 186)
  • 7.2. Aspects of Automated Information Processing (page 195)
  • 7.3. IT Controls (page 197)
  • 7.4. Data Analytics (page 201)

Study Unit 8. Information Security and Disaster Recovery

  • 8.1. Information Security and Cybersecurity Related Policies and Controls (page 214)
  • 8.2. Authentication, Authorization, and Encryption (page 219)
  • 8.3. Information Protection (page 221)
  • 8.4. Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery (page 229)

Study Unit 9. Concepts and Underlying Principles of Financial Accounting

  • 9.1. Concepts of Financial Accounting (page 242)
  • 9.2. Financial Statements (page 245)
  • 9.3. The Accrual Basis of Accounting (page 251)
  • 9.4. The Accounting Process (page 253)
  • 9.5. Cash, Accounts Receivable, and Inventory (page 255)
  • 9.6. Property, Plant, and Equipment and Intangible Assets (page 259)
  • 9.7. Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses, and Deposits and Other Advances (page 262)
  • 9.8. The Time Value of Money (page 265)
  • 9.9. Bonds (page 266)
  • 9.10. Pensions (page 268)
  • 9.11. Leases and Contingencies (page 269)

Study Unit 10. Advanced Financial Accounting Concepts and Analysis

  • 10.1. Risk and Return (page 280)
  • 10.2. Derivatives (page 283)
  • 10.3. Foreign Currency Transactions (page 286)
  • 10.4. Business Combinations and Consolidated Financial Statements (page 287)
  • 10.5. Corporate Equity Accounts and Partnerships (page 290)
  • 10.6. Financial Statement Analysis — Liquidity Ratios (page 292)
  • 10.7. Financial Statement Analysis — Activity Ratios (page 294)
  • 10.8. Financial Statement Analysis — Solvency Ratios and Leverage (page 297)
  • 10.9. Financial Statement Analysis — ROI and Profitability (page 298)
  • 10.10. Financial Statement Analysis — Corporate Valuation and Common-Size Financial Statements Ratios (page 300)

Study Unit 11. Current Assets Management

  • 11.1. Working Capital and Cash Management (page 309)
  • 11.2. Receivables Management (page 313)
  • 11.3. Managing Inventory Costs and Quantities (page 315)
  • 11.4. Inventory Management Methods (page 317)
  • 11.5. Inventory Systems (page 320)

Study Unit 12. Capital Structure and Budget, Basic Taxation, and Transfer Pricing

  • 12.1. Corporate Capital Structure — Debt Financing (page 334)
  • 12.2. Corporate Capital Structure — Equity Financing (page 336)
  • 12.3. Corporate Capital Structure — Cost of Capital (page 339)
  • 12.4. Capital Budgeting (page 342)
  • 12.5. Short-Term Financing (page 347)
  • 12.6. Methods of Taxation (page 351) 12.7. Transfer Pricing (page 353)

Study Unit 13. Managerial Accounting: General Concepts

  • 13.1. Cost Management Terminology (page 364)
  • 13.2. Budget Systems (page 365)
  • 13.3. Budget Methods (page 373)
  • 13.4. Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis (page 375)
  • 13.5. Responsibility Accounting (page 380)

Study Unit 14. Managerial Accounting: Costing Systems and Decision Making

  • 14.1. Cost Behavior and Relevant Range (page 390)
  • 14.2. Activity-Based Costing (page 394)
  • 14.3. Process Costing (page 400)
  • 14.4. Absorption (Full) vs. Variable (Direct) Costing (page 404)
  • 14.5. Relevant Costs and Decision Making (page 407)

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  • abayomi says:

    Hi Stephaine, I have noticed that virtually all Pearson centers do not have June 2017 available for CIA exams. Could you explain why this is so because if New standards are expected to be tested from July 1, 2017. there should still be exam dates available for CIA candidates till at least end of June on current syllabus.
    Kindly reply please.

    • Stephanie says:

      Really? I haven’t heard of this arrangement. If you are picking Fridays and Saturdays, the centers could be full by now.
      Can you call Pearson to find out? (sorry I can’t check it for you given I am not actively taking the exam).

  • Elaina says:

    Will there be any changes relevant to the Part 3 Exam I should be aware of?

  • nikki says:

    Hello Stephanie, has IIA announced the date of implementation of these new standards in exam. I am unable to find the announcement of the date. Thanks in advance.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Nikki, I can’t find them either (just checked it again today — July 15). I did chat with Hock and Gleim team earlier and they both said not to worry until there is formal announcement from the IIA. So I guess we are fine for now. Regards, Stephanie

  • Amit Mehra says:

    Hi Stephaine,

    Please help me.

    I am going to appear for the CIA Part 1 exams in Sep 17. When i asked during the last month from IIA through CCMS about when the new IPPF will be tested in the exams they informed me that it will be tested from jul 17 onwards however yesterday when i asked the same question in student support through telephone they had told me that it will be tested from Jan 18 onwards

    please advise me should i follow New IPPF 2017 while preparing for exams when my target is to appear in the exam on sep;17 or should i go for old IPPF 2013. Please advice on the urgent basis.

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Amit, I am not 100% sure but it looks like the original plan was to implement the changes in second half of this year, but since we haven’t heard from them (haven’t made a formal announcement), the Jan 18 implementation is quite likely.

      Without further clarity or new announcement, I would stick with the old version for Sep exams. Regards, Stephanie

  • Vaibhav Kujara says:

    I have Gleim 17th edition books ,I hope that will suffice for exams to be taken in Dec’17 or I should purchase a 18th edition books.

    • Stephanie says:

      I haven’t looked into the differences, but I know Gleim promised to improve at least their Part 3 to improve their coverage of the actual exam (e.g. more emphasis on the heavily tested areas). If you are taking Part 3, I highly encourage that you take the latest edition. Regards, Stephanie

  • Happy says:

    Hello Please can I register for the CIA with my Advance Level certificate, I truely love to take this course now because I was opportuned to be enrolled in the university back then when after I had my Advance Level Certificate

  • Hang Nguyen says:

    Hi, Stephanie,

    I am going to take the CIA part1 on next Oct 9. I am reviewing base on the old version of IPPF. I would like to confirm whether there is an official announcement from IIA about update version applied for the exam on Oct 9. Can u find it out?

    Many thanks

    Hang Ng

  • Parviz says:


    I obtained Wiley CIA Excel Review 2014 textbook from my friend and I am wondering how much syllabus have changed over 4 years? Shall I book 2018 edition or it will be enough?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hello, while the syllabus does not have major changes, the text book should have gone through several editions, incorporating the feedback from exam takers over the years. I would think the examples and the quality of exam questions can be quite improved with the newer edition. Unless budget is tight, I will go for the latest edition. There is a cost (of time and money) in the event of a retake, you know. Regards, Stephanie

  • Nitesh Kumar says:

    I am planning to give CIA Part -1 in June 2018 Part 2 and 3 in 2019. Now Syllabus is going to change in 2019, Do i need to reappear for Part – 1 again if I pass in Part 1 this year?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Nitesh, no worries the IIA will recognize the old format so your plan is all good. Cheers, Stephanie

  • Bhagirathi Samal says:

    I failed in part 1 exam today . That means I have to wait minimum 90 days to retake this part which will fall in 2019. What should I do?

    • Meghan D says:

      Would you like to sit for another Part while you wait out the 90 day period? Or you can begin restudying for the Part you already attempted. Which sounds more appealing to you at this point? I would suggest picking the option that seems less daunting at this point. These exams can burn you out if you’re not careful.

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  • Mary says:

    Hi I plan on starting to write the exams in 2019 previously I was advised to start with part 3 as it is the most difficult do you have any idea as to whether this is still true in the 2019 revised version ? Also are the gleim books sufficient as I see the Wiley 2019 books are not available yet?

    • Meghan D says:


      Part 3 does tend to be the most difficult for candidates who do not have a strong accounting background. If you do have a good background with financial accounting concepts, this exam may not present a problem for you.

      Also, we do not recommend using books only. Do you have the test bank also?

      Kind regards,

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