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The CIA Challenge Exam is your chance to join more than 195,000 CIAs with diverse professional and educational backgrounds from more than 150 countries, who have achieved this highly respected global certification.

As an active CPA or CA holder, you can take advantage of this limited-time opportunity to earn the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation through the CIA Challenge Exam. This expedited process allows you to obtain the CIA designation after successfully passing a one-part examination.

The CIA Challenge Exam only includes content not covered on your CPA or CA exam, saving you time and money.


Why Take the CIA Challenge Exam?

As the only globally recognized certification for internal auditors, the CIA designation proves that you:

  • Possess current knowledge of The IIA's International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) and demonstrate appropriate use.
  • Can perform an audit engagement in conformance with the Global Internal Audit Standards™.
  • Understand organizational governance and can apply tools and techniques to evaluate risks and controls.
  • Can apply the business, IT, and management acumen needed for internal auditing.

What Is the CIA Challenge Exam?

The one-part exam is consolidated, concise, and cost-effective because it’s:

  • Comprised of 150 multiple choice questions based on the syllabi.
  • Based on the International Professional Practices Framework and Standards.
  • Only up to 180 minutes.
  • Offered in English only.
  • Based on scaled scoring and a passing score of 600 is required out of 750 points.
  • Developed following best practices with the support of experts and professionals.
  • Available via online testing or at a testing center.

CIA Challenge Exam Package

In addition to saving time, the CIA Challenge Exam offers significant financial savings. This bundle includes:

  • CIA Challenge Exam application fee.
  • CIA Challenge Exam registration fee.
  • CIA Challenge Exam Study Guide including 1,000 practice questions
  • Access to the online materials are valid for 12 months from date of invitation. Extensions are available for a fee. 
  • Access to the Standards to help you prepare for the exam.

IIA Member Rate: $1,255 USD
Nonmember Rate: $1,625 USD

How to Apply & Register for the CIA Challenge Exam

It’s easy to apply and register for the one-part exam by following these five steps:

  1. Create a profile or log into the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS).
  2. Select “Apply for Certified Internal Auditor.”
  3. Select “CIA Challenge Program for Qualified Chartered Accountants and Certified Public Accountants.”
  4. After the payment screen, you must upload a letter of good standing from the qualified accounting body and a government-issued ID. Once approved for the program, you may register and schedule your examination.
  5. To register and schedule your exam, select “Manage my program > CIA > Register.”

Not a Member?

Don't hesitate to contact your local Affiliate for IIA membership information. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Candidates residing in the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland or South Africa must be IIA members to take the challenge exam. They should contact the local IIA Affiliate to process membership before enrolling.