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​Internal Audit Practitioner FAQ

FAQ
  •   What is the Internal Audit Practitioner program?

    Offered by The IIA, the Internal Audit Practitioner program demonstrates that the holder possesses internal audit aptitude and foundational knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

  •   How will the Internal Audit Practitioner program benefit candidates?

    The refreshed program tests a candidate’s fundamental knowledge of current internal auditing practices and understanding of internal audit issues, risks, and controls. The Internal Audit Practitioner designation demonstrates that the holder possesses internal audit aptitude and foundational knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

    Additionally, the Internal Audit Practitioner program provides a new pathway to the CIA program through modified education requirements for active Internal Audit Practitioner designation holders. Candidates will have two years to finish the Internal Audit Practitioner program from the date they are approved into the program.

  •   Who is eligible to apply?

    This program is ideal for:

    • College students.
    • Internal audit professionals who may not yet have the work experience for the CIA program.
    • New internal auditing professionals.
    • Rotational internal auditors.
  •   What are the eligibility requirements?

    The eligibility requirements for Internal Audit Practitioner are as follows:

    • Valid photo ID
    • Completion of the Internal Audit Practitioner program application
    • Character reference
  •   How much does the Internal Audit Practitioner program cost?

    You may find the application and registration fees by visiting the Certification Pricing Structure web page.

  •   Do I have to be a member of The IIA to apply?

    IIA Membership is required in United Kingdom and Ireland, South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho. You may contact the IIA Affiliates in those countries by visiting the Find Your Local IIA webpage. While IIA membership is not required in other counties, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the member benefits including exam fee discounts, networking opportunities, and more.

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    • If you live outside of North America click HERE
  •   How do I apply to the Internal Audit Practitioner program?

    Complete the Internal Audit Practitioner application including proof of identification and character reference through The IIA’s Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS).

  •   Is there any preparation material included? If so, how do I access?

    Yes, interactive study material is included with the Internal Audit Practitioner Program application fee. The interactive study material consists of a 100-question self-study course accessible exclusively on The IIA's Global Ondemand Training.

    You will receive an email confirmation from The IIA once you are approved into the Internal Audit Practitioner Program. The confirmation will include your individual access code along with information on how to access the interactive exam study materials.

  •   How do I register for the exam?

    Once your application for the Internal Audit Practitioner is approved, log into CCMS to register for and schedule your exam. At present, both onsite and online testing are available. Online testing employs “live proctoring” which means you will be monitored online during the test duration, typically with the help of a webcam, mic, and access to your screen. Online testing is not available in all countries or territories.

    Onsite testing is available at the many Pearson VUE test centers around the world. To locate the testing centers nearest you, visit the Pearson VUE website.

  •   What is the syllabus for the Internal Audit Practitioner exam?
  •   How long is the Internal Audit Practitioner exam?

    The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions. Candidates will have 2 hours to complete the exam.

  •   How long do I have to complete the exam?

    You will have two years to finish the Internal Audit Practitioner program from the date you are approved into the program.

  •   Why does my designation expire after 3 years?

    The Internal Audit Practitioner is not designed to be held indefinitely. This program is designed as a pathway into the CIA program, to accommodate those who are just starting in the profession, will only be in the profession for a short amount of time, and/or those who don’t possess a post-secondary degree and do not yet have enough experience to enter the full CIA program. As such, the designation will expire after 3 years.

  •   Will I receive a paper certificate?

    The IIA does not provide printed certificates, instead, you will receive a PDF that you may download and print. In some countries or territories you will also receive a digital badge that represents your achievement.  Candidates will be able to display their recognition through social badging. Social badging allows holders of IIA qualifications to digitally display their credentials on social and professional networking sites at no cost to the candidate. View more information on Social Badging.

  •   What is The IIA's Certification Registry and should I opt in?

    ​The IIA Certification Registry is an up-to-date record of individuals who have earned an IIA certification and maintain it by reporting continuing professional education (CPE) to keep their credential active. All IIA active certification holders who choose to voluntarily opt-in will be included in the registry. The IIA Certification Registry allows you to provide evidence of your accomplishments and provides an opportunity for employers and recruiters to verify your IIA designations.You should opt into the certification registry to certify your credibility. Learn more.

  •   Once I obtain my Internal Audit Practitioner designation, can I apply to CIA program?

    ​Yes, with an active Internal Audit Practitioner designation you can apply for the CIA program. You will have three years to enroll in the CIA program using your active Internal Audit Practitioner designation as an entry requirement. If your Internal Audit Practitioner designation is no longer active, you will have to either meet the CIA program educational requirements or meet the 5 years of experience requirement to enter the CIA program. Visit the CIA Eligibility Requirements webpage for more information.

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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.