By applying to become a candidate in the CCSA program, an individual agrees to accept the conditions of the program. These include eligibility requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, Continuing Professional Education (CPE), and any other conditions enacted by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).
CCSA candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, facilitation experience/training, and identification. Before a candidate application can be approved, ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.
CCSA candidates must hold a 3- or 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher). For further details, please refer to the Certification Candidate Handbook.
Important change to the Education Requirement for the CCSA: The Global Board of Directors has approved an alternate path to eligibility for the CCSA for those candidates who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
Candidates may now become eligible for the CCSA, subject to approval, who possess:
- Two years post-secondary education and five years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent, OR
- Seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.
Download the Certification Education Requirement Exceptions FAQ and Application.
Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Educational)
CCSA candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor.
Character Reference Form
Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Character Reference.)
CCSA candidates must obtain one year of control-related business experience, such as CSA, auditing, quality assurance, risk management, or environmental auditing. A completed Experience Verification Form is required. Candidates may apply to the program and sit for the exam prior to satisfying the professional experience requirement, but will not be certified until all program requirements have been met.
Experience Verification Form
Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Professional Experience.)
CCSA candidates must obtain at least seven hours of acceptable facilitation experience or at least 14 hours of acceptable facilitation training. To be considered acceptable, facilitation experience or training must meet the guidelines listed on the facilitation validation form. Validation of facilitation experience/training may accompany application or be submitted later.
CCSA Facilitation Validation Form
Proof of Identification
Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or national identity card. These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted. All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures the photo is clearly legible.
Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Other.)
Effective November 2010, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.
The CCSA certification exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the CCSA exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorized disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.
Code of Ethics
CCSA candidates agree to abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
Upon certification, CCSAs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments by satisfying CPE requirements.
In most cases, you do not have to be a member of The IIA to take the CCSA exam or become a CCSA but we encourage you to consider its advantages. There are some countries, however, that do require candidates to be IIA members to take the CCSA exam. Candidates in any of the countries listed on the map located at the top right of this page should contact their local institute to verify this requirement.