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​What is a Test Development Team (TDT)?

TDTs are groups of certified internal audit professionals who meet at the chapter level to write and submit exam questions for IIA certifications (CIA, CGAP, CFSA, CCSA, and CRMA). By writing exam questions in a group setting, contributors receive numerous individual and chapter benefits.

Benefits of TDT Participation

  • Earn CAP points and recognition for your chapter*
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Gain access to textbooks and other reference materials
  • Collaborate and share knowledge in a group setting
  • Earn CPE credits for accepted items**
  • Review IIA guidance and best practices in internal auditing
  • Contribute to the advancement of future generations of internal auditors

*Chapters may earn 10 points annually for developing a TDT or holding TDT meetings and 1 point per accepted question (no maximum).

**Writers receive 1 hour of CPE credit per accepted question. (Item writing is included under the Publications category for CPE, which allows a maximum of 10 CPEs for CIA authors and a maximum of 5 CPEs for specialty exam authors in a one-year period.)

Keys to Creating a Successful TDT

To hear how one member started a successful TDT at her chapter, you can watch this video.

How to Start a TDT

Step 1: Identify a chapter champion. This person will recruit fellow chapter members to join the TDT, organize TDT activities, and serve as the chapter liaison with IIA Global headquarters.

Step 2: Recruit certified individuals to join the TDT. TDTs should comprise 6-24 members. Members must already be certified (i.e., CIA, CGAP, CFSA, CCSA, and CRMA) to write questions for these exams. However, no previous writing experience is needed.

Step 3: Contact The IIA at to start your TDT. Training and resources will be provided. Each member will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement and is prohibited from engaging in exam training or preparation while part of the program and for three years afterward.

Step 4: TDT members write exam questions individually in response to writing assignments from IIA Global.

Step 5: TDT members meet every 1-3 months in person or virtually to review and improve their questions as a group. The chapter champion should coordinate the TDT meetings and ensure that submitted items follow item writer guidelines and are submitted in the required format and template.

Step 6: Receive CPE credits for accepted items. The IIA will conduct a multi-step internal review of all items submitted to ensure that they meet specified requirements. Please allow 90 days to receive feedback and notification of whether items were accepted..

Contact Us

Please contact The IIA at to learn more about starting a TDT at your chapter.