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Certified Internal Auditor®

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Since 1974, there has only been one internal audit designation that has garnered global recognition, career advancement, and professional credibility – CIA certification is the one, 50 years of setting the gold standard. Earning the CIA credential is investing in gold.

CIA Pamphlet

CIA Eligibility Requirements

Learn more about entry and exit requirements to complete and obtain the CIA designation.

CIA Eligibility

CIA Renewal Requirements

CIA certificate holders are required to self-certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours.

CIA Renewal

CIA Exam Prep Resources

As you embark on earning the CIA, The IIA is here to support your journey with the resources and tools to pass all three exam parts. Training is not required to take the CIA examinations but many candidates choose to study in a variety of methods.

Exam Prep

Access CCMS

The IIA's Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) is the portal to apply, complete, and maintain your certification program.

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CIA Challenge Exam Options

The IIA is excited to launch a second CIA Challenge Exam! Both options allow a candidate an opportunity to earn the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation through an expedited process after successfully passing a one-part examination.

Challenge Exam Options


Certification renewal fees vary globally, based upon membership status, if you renew directly to The IIA through CCMS, or through your local affiliate. Visit the Pricing Structure page of our website for the most current pricing information.


Prove Credibility & Proficiency

As the only globally recognized internal audit certification, becoming a Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) is the optimum way to communicate knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively carry out professional responsibilities for any internal audit, anywhere in the world.

Earning a professional internal audit credential is a critical step to being distinguished from your peers and will:

  • Enhance credibility and respect.
  • Sharpen skills and proficiencies.
  • Increase advancement and earning potential.
  • Demonstrate understanding and commitment.

Did You Know?

CIA is the certification, most valued by employers of internal audit professionals. Join the over 200,000 CIAs in 170+ countries awarded the designation that adds immeasurable distinction with only three letters.*

*Source: The IIA’s 2021 Internal Audit Leadership Survey.

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Online Testing

To support the continued professional development of certification candidates around the world and in response to test center closures, The IIA is now offering online testing in some regions.

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Why Pursue the CIA?


    The CIA designation increases career-advancing opportunities and earning potential.


    Become the credible, trusted expert that everyone turns to and one that can apply the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.


    Becoming a CIA differentiates you from your peers and gives you credibility that puts you ahead of those without.

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Register for Certification Q&A Session

Join us for an informal 30-minute webinar! A certification expert will be available to answer your questions about The IIA's certification programs.

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CPE Requirements

IIA certificate holders are required to self-certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours. CPE reporting is submitted on an annual basis (no later than 31 December) and serves as signed statements that all CPE requirements have been met.

How to report your CPE hours

Additional IIA Certifications

Demonstrate your aptitude and foundational knowledge of The IIA Standards. This designations is ideal for University students, rotational auditors and new auditors.

Updated to reflect the in-depth organizational knowledge and advanced skill sets that are required to provide effective risk management assurance to audit committees and executive management.


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