Certification Corner - The Institute Of Internal Auditors  


March 2012
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Arabic Language Exam Now Offered to CIA® Registrants

In response to continued growth of the internal audit profession globally and demand for credentialed practitioners, The IIA now offers certification exams in Arabic. Currently, more than seven percent of the IIA’s established institutes around the world speak Arabic as either their primary or as a secondary language. IIA institute leaders in a number of Arabic-speaking countries, including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, and Qatar, approached IIA Global Headquarters about translating the exam.

“These leaders came together and committed to fully financing the project because of their strong belief that offering the exam in Arabic will lead to an increased number of certified individuals,” says IIA Director, Institute Relations, Kevin Rafiq, CCSA, who works closely with institute leaders in the region. “Consequently, this will create more awareness about internal auditing and assist these leaders in advocating for the profession.” Rafiq says that although the profession is growing in these countries, local leaders believe that it has not yet reached its full potential and that this will motivate internal auditors, especially those in the public sector, to seek certification.

“The IIA–Qatar joined the Middle East and Africa region in the Arabisation initiative by being part of the committee and funding to develop this. Hassan al-Mulla, president of IIA–Qatar, served as a great resource for this major initiative,” said Sundaresan Rajeswar, who represented Qatar in the internal audit leadership meeting.