CIA Eligibility Requirement

Educational Requirement

Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university or college. A copy of the candidate’s highest qualification, transcripts or other written proof of completion of a degree programme must be submitted with the registration form.

Eligibility Requirement

CIAs are required to complete 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent. Equivalent experience means experience in audit/assessment disciplines, including external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.

Candidates may sit for the CIA examination prior to satisfying their experience requirement, but they will not be certified until the experience requirement has been met.

A candidate’s work experience in internal or external auditing should:

1. Be printed on the Internal Audit Experience Verification Form or on the organisation’s letterhead.
2. Include the specific dates of employment in an auditing capacity.
3. Specify the position(s) held along with a brief description of duties and responsibilities.
4. Contain the signature and title of the candidate’s supervisor, another appropriate member of the organisation, or a Certified Internal Auditor.


Experience Verification Form

A CIA candidate must obtain a minimum of 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent. A Masters degree can substitute for 12 of the required 24 months. Work experience must be verified by a CIA, a CFSA, a CCSA, a CGAP or the candidate's supervisor. The Experience Verification form may accompany the application or be submitted before or after taking the examination. However, the form must be completed and received by The IIA before a candidate can become certified and use the CIA designation.

An alternate path to eligibility for the CIA for those 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 here.

Character Reference

CIAs must exhibit the highest moral and professional character and abide by the IIA’s Code of Ethics. Candidates must submit a character reference from a responsible person such as a CGAP, supervisor, manager, or educator. The Character Reference Form must accompany the Application Form.
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.

IIA Membership

Candidates must be a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore in order to take any of the IIA Certifications, and be familiar with The IIA’s Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and agree to abide by The IIA’s Code of Ethics which sets forth standards of conduct for all members and CIAs.