Exam Syllabus

The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam tests a candidate's knowledge of current internal auditing practices and understanding of internal audit issues, risks and remedies.

Exam Non-Disclosure

The CIA exam is a non-disclosed examination, which means that current exam questions and answers will not be published or divulged.

NOTE: Exam topics and/or format are subject to change as approved by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).

Part 1 – Essential of Internal Auditing

125 questions | 2.5 Hours (150 minutes)

The CIA exam Part 1 topics tested include aspects of mandatory guidance from the IPPF; internal control and risk concepts; as well as tools and techniques for conducting internal audit engagements. It tests the candidates' knowledge, skills and abilities related to the IPPF, particularly the Attribute Standards (series 1000, 1100, 1200 and 1300) as well as Performance Standard 2100.

Part 2 – Practice of Internal Auditing

100 questions | 2.0 Hours (120 minutes)

The CIA exam Part 2 topics includes four domains focused on managing the internal audit activity, planning and engagement, performing the engagement and communicating engagement results and monitoring progress. It tests the candidates' knowledge, skills and abilities particularly related to Performance Standards (series 2000, 2200, 2300, 2400, 2500, and 2600) and current internal audit practices.

Part 3 – Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing

100 questions | 2.0 Hours (120 minutes)

The CIA exam Part 3 topics include for domains focused on business acumen, information security, information technology and financial management. It tests the candidates' knowledge, skills and abilities particularly as they relate to these core business concepts.

CIA Reference Resources

Click here for a list of references that encompass the body of knowledge for the CIA exam.

Sample CIA Exam Questions

The IIA provides a limited number of sample CIA exam questions (with answers) to give candidates an understanding of the types of questions that typically appear on the exam