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Certified Internal Auditor®

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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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.