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Internal Audit Awareness Program

Reaching the next generation of internal auditors

Internal Audit Awareness Program

The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) commends Institutions of higher learning (universities) that promote internal audit awareness and education through their curricula. The IIA understands that it requires dedication and university resources to support internal audit education. The IIA also understands that not all universities are able to devote the same commitment to teaching internal auditing. However, any commitment to building awareness of internal auditing, regardless of magnitude, can make a huge difference to a student searching for a career.

The IIA, the internationally recognized global voice for the profession and principal educator has stepped forward to assist universities in this effort by providing a program to recognize the various degrees of commitment and effort universities are making to provide students with the information and skill sets necessary to be able to choose from a variety of career paths.

The IIA Internal Audit Awareness Program acknowledges universities teaching Internal Auditing as a standalone Internal Audit course or Operational Auditing. This course provides students with an introduction to the profession and key activities of an entry-level internal auditor.

If you believe that your school qualifies for the Internal Audit Awareness Program, please complete the Request for Recognition form:

Awareness Program Schools

Benefits of Participating in The IIA’s Internal Audit Awareness Program

  • Universities participating in The IIA Internal Audit Awareness Program have access to various materials and resources, including the opportunity to apply for funding via the Internal Audit Foundation IAEP Grant Program.
  • Enhanced opportunities to network with other educators teaching internal auditing to share ideas and materials.
  • Employers consult The IIA’s list of universities teaching internal auditing as they consider the degree of internal audit education they seek for their “new hires”.
  • Guest speakers may be provided upon request.

The Process for Recognition in The IIA’s Internal Audit Awareness Program

  1. External academic accreditation is required to participate in The IIA Internal Audit Awareness Program. In the USA, that accreditation is The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Outside the US, the AACSB accreditation is preferred but other equivalent accreditations will be considered.
  2. Match your existing syllabi with that suggested in The IIA Global Model Internal Auditing Curriculum.
  3. Contact your local IIA Chapter or Affiliate. The local IIA can be a good resource and will be able to assist you with the Recognition Form. If there is no local IIA in your area, contact The IIA’s Academic Relations team directly at for steps 4 & 5.
  4. Complete The IIA Request for Recognition Form which can be requested via e-mail at and submit it to IIA Academic Relations at  Acceptance to the Program will be communicated to the university and local IIA within 60 days of receipt of the request.
  5. The university is required to annually validate the information provided in its application to verify that the program is still in compliance with the Awareness criteria. Awareness universities will be required to complete an annual report provided by The IIA Academic Relations team.

* Support of The IIA’s Internal Audit Awareness efforts is made possible through the Academic Fund.