CIA Eligibility Requirement
An alternate path to eligibility for candidates who do not possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university is also available. Candidates may now become eligible for the CIA, subject to approval, who possesses seven years of verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent. Download the CIA Education Requirement Exceptions FAQ and Application
Continuing Professional Education: Upon certification, CIAs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments in the government auditing environment. For details, refer to Continuing Professional Education.
A CIA candidate must obtain a minimum of 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent based on the education level of Bachelor's Degree. Equivalent experience means experience in audit/assessment disciplines, including external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control. Work experience for The IIA's certification programs is based on the maximum level of education achieved.
|Education Level||Work Experience Required|
|Master's Degree||12 months - internal auditing experience or its equivalent|
|Bachelor's Degree||24 months - internal auditing experience or its equivalent|
|Non Degree||60 months - internal auditing experience or its equivalent|
Work experience must be verified by a CIA, a CCSA, a CFSA, a CRMA or the candidate's supervisor. The Experience Verification may accompany the application or be submitted before or after taking the examination. However, the form must be completed in CCMS and received by The IIA within the program eligibiltiy period before a candidate can become certified.
Proof of Identification
Eligibility PeriodEffective September 2019, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within three years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within three years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.
The CIA exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the CIA exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorised disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.
Code of Ethics
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)