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Internal Audit Leadership Qualification


The IIA is considering development of a new qualification in internal audit leadership to support the professional development needs of long-term career internal auditors in or aspiring to senior and Chief Audit Executive (CAE) positions. As a key stakeholder of the profession, your views and insights are respectfully sought. A previous survey was undertaken in December 2011 and the 2,240 responses received worldwide revealed positive support for our proposals. We are now able to present you with more information in order to dig deeper, and we are very interested in gaining further insights from you — our target audience. The data collected will build upon the findings from the previous study and enable The IIA to progress with the detailed development and subsequent pilot offering of the qualification in 2014.

Please help us by completing this survey  which closes on 9 April 2013.

About the Proposed Qualification

The IIA currently provides a global certification (CIA) for internal auditors with a minimum of two years’ experience which is the global standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field.

However, there is an increasing demand for a new global qualification to prepare individuals for leadership in the internal audit profession that will support and sustain them through the role of CAE. Accordingly The IIA is planning to introduce a new qualification in internal audit leadership that builds upon the knowledge and experience of a CIA and develops leadership capabilities in four key areas:

  • Internal audit leadership – being able to lead the internal audit function so that it maximizes the benefit to the client organization in the achievement of its objectives.
  • Corporate leadership – being able to provide insight, expertise, and leadership in the key aspects of governance, risk, and control across an organization as a trusted advisor and business partner.
  • Ethical leadership – being able to raise the standards of integrity and professionalism at an organizational level through personal example and leadership.
  • Innovation leadership – being able to provoke change, innovation, and improvement across all levels of activity across an organization.

Assessment of the new qualification in internal audit leadership is likely to require candidates to evaluate complex scenarios and case studies and provide detailed written responses to exam questions. It may also involve some form of panel interview.

Next Steps

Please help us by completing this survey which should take approximately 10 minutes.

The survey will close on 9 April 2013.


If you have any questions with regard to this survey, please contact The IIA at