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CRMA: Why and What Is Changing


globeRisk management assurance is an essential internal audit responsibility. As the risk landscape has continued to expand and change, The IIA recognized the need for the Certification in Risk Management Assurance® (CRMA®) program to keep pace. This required a thorough evaluation of the exam requirements and content to ensure they reflect the skills needed to audit today’s emerging risks, as well as consider the organizational view required to effectively execute risk management assurance. The IIA conducted two studies — a market study and a job analysis study. The market study revealed perceived ambiguity between the CRMA and the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®). Additionally, it confirmed that more business experience and a deeper level of risk management knowledge are required in order to provide holistic and effective risk management assurance. As such, the new CRMA is positioned as a career pathway for internal auditors after achieving the CIA designation. It is the only risk management assurance certification for internal auditors.


gearsThe amount of risk management and internal audit-specific experience required to sit for the exam has increased, and candidates must hold an active Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation to apply for the enhanced program. Additionally, the CRMA exam itself has been revised, with updates that include changes to the exam syllabus, length, and types of questions asked.

CRMA Program
Prerequisite Active CIA designation
Work Experience 5 years of internal audit and/or risk management experience
CRMA Exam 120 questions
Seat Time ​150 minutes
Competency Level ​Proficient
Question Types Variety of question types
View an interactive demonstration of the potential question types
included in the new CRMA exam.
Language English
Annual CPE 20 hours

*Work experience is an “exit” requirement for the CRMA program. Candidates with less experience may apply for the CRMA program and sit for the exam. However, to obtain the designation, the experience requirement must be met before the two-year program window expires.

Select and View Exam Syllabus: 2011 CRMA Exam Syllabus | 2021 CRMA Exam Syllabus

Question Types: View an interactive demonstration of potential question types included in the new CRMA exam.

CRMA Study Material

The new CRMA Exam Study Guide and Practice Questions, 2nd Edition, is the comprehensive review material you need to prepare for the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) exam, and is now available through the IIA Bookstore. Members save 20%. Shop now​.

CRMA Program Pricing

​Application Fee Exam Registration Fee
Member US $95 US $445
Nonmember US $210 US $580



​Date ​Activity
1 July, 2021 New CRMA Applications/Registration Opens
1 October, 2021 Official launch of the new CRMA exam

CRMA Revision Handbook
Available for download in the
following languages:
English and Thai

Aspiring candidates, as well as current certification holders and in-progress candidates, can learn more about how these changes will impact them by referencing the “CRMA Program: Why and How It’s Changing” handbook. Specifically, the handbook includes:

  • Revised CRMA: A Core Certification for Internal Auditing
    • Why and How Is the CRMA Program Changing?
  • CRMA Exam Syllabus Changes
    • Purpose of the Exam, CRMA Revised Exam Syllabus, CRMA Reference List, Passing Score
  • New Types of Exam Questions
    • Multiple Choice, Multiple Response, Fill in the Blank, Categorizing, Matching, Ordering, Hotspot, Scenario Item Set
  • Transition From Current to Revised CRMA Exam
    • Timeline for Transitioning the CRMA Exam, How Will the CRMA Transition Affect You?, Frequently Asked Questions