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​CIA Challenge Exam Apply

The more focused path to Certification

Take the next step and apply for the CIA Challenge Exam.

The application window is open now! Don’t miss the chance to add CIA to your credentials.



Who Is Eligible?

Candidate must be an active holder of the following designation:

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)™

*Candidates from mainland China are ineligible.

IMPORTANT: Please obtain proof of good standing from the public registry prior to submitting an application. This must be provided to complete the application process.

Questions? We have answers.

Program Timeline for Applicants

Program Timeline

  • Application window: April - September 
  • First Attempt Testing Windows: June, August, November, or February 
  • Once your application is approved, please note you have 180 days to register, schedule, and sit for the exam.

Application Steps

  1. Create a profile or log in to the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS).
  2. Select “Apply for Certified Internal Auditor.
  3. Select “CIA Challenge Program for Qualified Information Systems Auditors
  4. After payment screen, you must upload proof of good standing from the public registry and a goverment-issued ID. You must also complete the electronic character reference. 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."

Seeking Support from Your Employer?

If you’re currently employed and wish to seek support from your employer, download this letter explaining your plan to add CIA to your credentials and requesting their support.

Not a Member?

Don't hesitate to contact your local Institute for IIA membership information. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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