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Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirements for Certified Government Auditing Professionals® (CGAPs®)

Each year, CGAP certificate holders are required to self-certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours. The number of CPE hours to be reported is based on certification statuses of practicing, non-practicing, retired, inactive (grace period), or inactive. It is the CGAP’s responsibility to assure that the CPE hours claimed conform to the guidelines established by The IIA’s Professional Certification Board (PCB). CPE reporting forms are submitted by CGAPs on an annual basis (no later than Dec. 31 each year) and serve as signed statements that all applicable CPE requirements have been met.

For complete information regarding the CPE requirements for CGAP certificate holders, please review Administrative Directive No. 4.

Get more information on CPE reporting steps for current and inactive CGAPs.

CPE Requirement Regarding IIA International Standards

  1. In order to encourage understanding of and compliance with The IIA's International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards), The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB) has instated a requirement that CGAPs stay abreast of the Standards as part of their CPE.
  2. CGAPs must review or receive training on the Standards at some point during their CPE reporting period.
  3. If you are completing your CPE reporting form and have not already met this requirement, please take a moment to review the Standards before submitting your form.
  4. While there, we also encourage you to review the Practice Advisories (accessible with an IIA member password) and other sections of The IIA's International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF).

Newly Certified?

New CGAPs are awarded 40 CPE hours. Half of the awarded CPE hours (20) are for the year in which the exam is passed, and the other half are for the subsequent year.

Also a CIA®?

If you are a Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®), the CPE reporting that you complete for the CIA program satisfies the CPE reporting requirements for the CGAP. CPE reporting for the CGAP requires that 25% of the hours earned must be in the specialty area of expertise.

CPE Opportunities

Need to earn CPE for your CGAP certification? View a listing of The IIA’s Recognized CPE Providers and learn more about this new program, or check out these other CPE opportunities.

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Candidates from the following countries must refer to their local IIA Institute web-site or contact their local representative for more information about local certification processes:


The information contained on this website pertains to all other countries.