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Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field. Since the program’s launch in 1973, it has opened up countless doors of opportunity for practitioners around the world as it communicates their ability to serve as a key player in their organization’s success. Candidates leave the program enriched with educational experience, applicable knowledge, and business tools that can deliver a positive impact in any organization or business environment.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is the most highly sought after global certification for internal auditing professionals. As The IIA’s premier designation, the CIA sets the standard for excellence within the profession.

If you are in audit management, aspire to management, or are looking to grow professionally, you owe it to yourself and your organization to pursue the CIA.

Internal Audit Practitioner: A New First Stop on Your Road to Success

In order to support new and rotational auditors as they endeavor to take the first step on the auditing journey, The IIA is pleased to announce the Internal Audit Practitioner designation.

The Internal Audit Practitioner designation is a great way to quickly demonstrate your internal audit aptitude. You can earn this new designation by taking and passing the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Part One exam, then apply through CCMS to obtain this special designation – Internal Audit Practitioner – through social badging.

If you are beginning your auditing career journey, obtaining this designation allows you to make a statement about your knowledge and aptitude as you progress through CIA Part 2 and 3. If you are navigating through a rotational role, the Internal Audit Practitioner designation provides you with the foundational knowledge you will need to make the most of your experience.

If you manage an audit team, the Internal Audit Practitioner designation is a great way to establish a common foundation of skills and knowledge related to internal audit best practices. Help set your team up for internal audit success by taking steps to assure they are well versed in internal audit basics by encouraging your associates to take and pass Part One of the CIA exam to earn the Internal Audit Practitioner designation.

Exams Languages Offered

The CIA exam is offered in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (unsimplified), English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Thai (available only in Thailand).

You are Standing at the Threshold of Professional Opportunity... Use Your Key to Open the Door.

The CIA credential can be your master key to professional success, opening doors for career opportunities and earning you increased credibility and respect within the profession and your organization.

Ultimately, the CIA designation will:

  • Distinguish you from your peers.
  • Demonstrate your proficiency with internal staff and external clients.
  • Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry.
  • Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism.
  • Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement.
Earning the CIA designation is a valuable accomplishment and a professional advantage for auditors at all stages of their careers, including chief audit executives, audit managers, audit staff, risk management staff, and also students enrolled in an accounting or other business or financial degree program.

Computer-based Testing

The CIA exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round at more than 500 locations worldwide. Candidates are able to sit for exams at any IIA-authorized Pearson VUE testing center worldwide, regardless of whether the testing center is located in your hometown or country. To locate the testing centers nearest you, visit the Pearson VUE website. You must apply and register in The IIA's Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) prior to scheduling an exam.

Six Steps to Certification

If you need help getting started, refer to the six steps to certification an internal auditor should review when making the decision to become certified in the profession.

Quick Links 

Access CCMS and visit the Forms section to begin the CIA application process.

IMPORTANT! CCMS users go here to prepare for Single Sign On.

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Candidates from the following countries must refer to their local IIA Institute web-site or contact their local representative for more information about local certification processes:


The information contained on this website pertains to all other countries.