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Certified Internal Auditor

The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demostrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field. Since the program’s launch in 1973, it has opened up countless doors of opportunity for practitioners around the world as it communicates their ability to serve as a key player in their organisation’s success. Candidates leave the program enriched with educational experience, applicable knowledge, and business tools that can deliver a positive impact in any organisation or business environment.

The CIA credential can be your master key to professional success, opening doors for career opportunities and earning you increased credibility and respect within the profession and your organisation.

Internal Audit Practitioner
The Internal Audit Practitioner designation is a great way to quickly demonstrate your internal audit aptitude. You can earn this new designation through social badging by completing the Internal Audit Practitioner application and taking and passing the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Part One exam.
Candidates who have successfully completed the CIA Part One exam within the past 24 months are also eligible to apply. For more information, please visit the Internal Audit Practitioner web page.
New Internal Audit Practitioner Program Launch! The new Internal Audit Practitioner program will be launched in Q3/4 2020. Watch out this space for updates!
Use Your Key to Open the Door
The CIA credential can be your master key to professional success, opening doors for career opportunities and earning you increased credibility and respect within the profession and your organisation.
Ultimately, the CIA designation will:
  • Distinguish you from your peers.
  • Demonstrate your proficiency with internal staff and external clients.
  • Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry.
  • Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism.
  • Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement.
Earning the CIA designation is a valuable accomplishment and a professional advantage for auditors at all stages of their careers, including chief audit executives, audit managers, audit staff, risk management staff, and also students enrolled in an accounting or other business or financial degree program.
"Credentials such as the CIA will prepare my team well to discharge their responsibilities as guardians of good corporate governance and make them better advisors to bring insights and perspectives to the board of directors in accomplishing overall goals and objectives."
Tay Woon Teck, CIA 
Managing Director, Business Consulting and Head of Private Client Services at RSM Singapore
The following are the steps and processes for application of IIA Certification:
  1. Only member of IIA Singapore can apply their examinations through the CCMS. For non-member, please Join Us before applying for certification.
  2. For first time user of CCMS (new candidate), you will need to activate your profile in CCMS after your membership is approved, by clicking Forgot your password to reset the account. Please ensure that your full name displayed in the system must be the same as per your photo identification (NRIC or Passport).
  3. Visit Complete a Form section and select the application form of your choice and make online payment by credit card. Please note other mode of payment is not available for IIA Singapore members. If the candidate opted for payment mode other than credit card, your application may not be processed or delayed due to non-payment.
  4. Once you have made your application through the CCMS, upload the following documentation within 90 business days for processing:

i) Proof of identification
ii) Proof of education
iii) Character Reference
iv) Experience Verification

For item i), ii) and iii) are mandatory. For item iv), the candidate can submit this form at a later date within the 3-year program upon obtaining the required experience.

The Character Reference and Experience Verification are obtained electronically through CCMS, which are emailed directly to your nominated verifier.

  1. Upon receipt of an automated email from IIA Global on the approval of your application, you may proceed to register your exams in the CCMS. You may select to register for more than one exams/exam parts by completing a separate registration form.
  2. Once your exam registration has been processed, you will receive an email with subject header "Authorisation to Test". However, you should wait for 48 hours after receiving your "Authorisation to Test" notification before contacting Pearson VUE to schedule your exam, in order to allow time for your registration data to be uploaded to their scheduling system. Kindly note that your "Authorisation to Test" will allow you to schedule and sit for your exam within the authorisation period of 180 days (approximately 6 months) only.
  3. For exisiting candidate, you may proceed to register your exam directly through the CCMS. Upon receipt of "Authorisation to Test" email notification, you may then proceed to schedule your exam with Pearson VUE.
For a detailed guide, click here to download the information. Please feel free to contact the Certification Team at certification@iia.org.sg or 6324 9029 for queries.
Computer-based Testing
The CIA exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to schedule exam throughout the year at more than 500 locations worldwide. Candidates are able to sit for exams at any IIA-authorized Pearson VUE testing center worldwide, regardless of whether the testing center is located in your hometown or country. To locate the testing centers nearest you, visit the Pearson VUE website. Click here for the CBT Exam Tutorial.
In Singapore, the IIA-authorised Pearson VUE testing centres are located at:
NTUC Trade Union House
73 Bras Basah Road
Level 3, Room 3J
Singapore 189556       
51 Cuppage Road
Singapore 229469
Get the Help You Need to Excel
The CIA exam was revised in 2019 to keep up with the current global practice of internal auditing. The updated exam aligns better with The IIA's International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, and aims to refocus Part Three’s content on core skills.
In line with the changes, IIA Singapore has put together an enhanced CIA exam preparation course. Comprising the individual parts, the workshops, printed materials and online resources - The IIA’s CIA Learning System Version 6.0, they are designed to provide an all-round perspective to bring out the best in you.