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Six Steps to Certification
Below are the six steps an internal auditor should review when making the decision to become certified in the profession.
Step 1: Decide Which Certification is Right for You
The IIA's Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) certification is the only globally accepted designation for internal auditors. It is a three-part exam that remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their comprehensive competence and professionalism in the internal auditing field.
The IIA also offers specialty certifications:
Step 2: Determine Your Eligibility and Skill Level
Each of The IIA certification programs has unique and specific education eligibility requirements that a candidate must meet to take the exam. In addition, you may want to assess your skill level by taking a practice test using the sample questions on the website. Although your score on a practice test will not necessarily indicate what your score would be on a certification exam, a practice test may assess your readiness and lets you know in what areas you need improvement.
|Certified Internal Auditor||Certification in Risk Management Assurance|
|CIA Eligibility Requirements||CRMA Eligibility Requirements|
|Sample CIA Exam Questions||CRMA Exam Preparation Resources|
Step 3: Register for the Exam
The IIA's certification exams are now offered all year-round through computer-based testing at more than 500 locations worldwide.
Step 4: Prepare for the Exam
You determine the method(s) in which you need to prepare for the exam. A variety of independent third-party providers offer exam review courses.
Step 5: Take the Exam
The IIA's certification exams are administered through the worldwide network of Pearson VUE Testing Centers which enable candidates to take exams at over 500 sites worldwide.
Step 6: Receive Your Certificate
Once you pass the exam and meet all other programme requirements, you will be eligible to receive your certificate. Candidates are able to download a PDF copy of the certificate through CCMS.