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CPE and CPD Requirements 

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirements

Report CPE
The IIA Certification Registry

Certified individuals can report their CPE credits in the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) at any time. The reporting deadline is 31 December each year.

We recognize that some individuals may have concerns with obtaining 40 CPE due to COVID-19 and while the requirement to obtain 40 CPE has not changed, the Professional Certifications Board (PCB) has approved some flexibility to grant exceptions on an individual basis. View the CPE Policy for qualifying CPE activities.

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Don’t Miss Out on Being Included in The IIA Certification Registry

All individuals who have earned an IIA certification and maintain it by reporting CPE are eligible to opt in to The IIA Certification Registry. This up-to-date record provides an opportunity for employers and recruiters to verify your certification. The registry will only include the following: certification holder’s first and last name, certificate ID, certification status, and country of residence. Inclusion in the registry is voluntary.

If you do not report, your certification/qualification will expire, and as a result, you are no longer approved to represent yourself as a certified individual nor be listed in the registry.

As an IIA certified or qualified professional, you are responsible for ensuring that the CPE  nformation in your report is accurate. You must include your membership or customer identification number when reporting your CPE. Get more information on CPE reporting steps for current and expired individuals.

Global Rules/Requirements

CPE reporting fees vary globally, based upon membership status, if you report CPE directly to The IIA through CCMS, or through your local affiliate. Please check with your local affiliate for pricing and reporting process.

Visit the Pricing Structure page of our website for the most current pricing information. IIA-certified professionals who fail to meet their CPE requirements by the reporting deadline will automatically be placed in expired status and may not use their designation.

What Counts as an Ethics Course?

The PCB has set forth an ethics component to be included in CPE requirements, with a minimum of two hours of ethics training each year.

There is flexibility in fulfilling this obligation. An ethics course meeting the CPE requirements could cover a variety of topics within the broader concept of ethics, such as conflicts of interest, transparency, or ethical leadership.

In collaboration with the Professional Ethics and Responsibility Committee, the PCB recommends the following list as a guideline for topics and coursework. Acceptable courses also may include topics not listed as long as they directly relate to The IIA’s Code of Ethics.

Are You Newly Certified or Qualified?

You are awarded CPE (40 or 20) for the year in which the exam is passed, and the other half are for the subsequent year.

  • New CIAs are awarded 80 CPE hours
  • New CCSAs, CGAPs, CFSAs, and CRMAs are awarded 40 CPE hours
  • New QIALs are awarded 40 CPE hours

CPE Opportunities

If you are looking for ways to obtain your CPE, check out these IIA CPE earning opportunities.

Annual CPE Audit Activities

The Annual CPE Audit notifications are sent in January for the prior year’s reporting cycle. If selected for an audit, individuals must provide evidence of previously reported CPE activities that meet the criteria described in the CPE Policy. If you are chosen for an audit you will be given a 6 month grace period to report CPE.   Individuals selected for a CPE Audit will be notified via email. The deadline and requirements for returning supporting documentation will be included in the email.

*CPE reporting fees vary globally based upon membership status. Individuals from IIA Affiliates should contact their local representatives for their CPE reporting process.

​Frequently Asked Questions

CPEs: Frequently Asked Questions