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Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) Eligibility Requirements

Candidates in the CGAP program agree to accept the conditions of the program, including eligibility requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE), along with other conditions enacted by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).

Requirements

CGAP candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, and identification. Before a candidate application can be approved, ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.

Education

Candidates must hold an Associate's degree or higher to be approved into one of The IIA’s certification programs. Common equivalents are a Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education, or Higher National Diploma.

Acceptable Documents:

  • Copy of your degree or official transcripts (if your name has changed since you earned your degree, you must also include your legal name change document)
  • Letter from university confirming degree
  • Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level

The IIA offers an alternate path to eligibility for candidates who do not possess the minimum education requirements. Candidates may now become eligible for the CGAP, subject to approval, who possess seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.

Download the Certification Education Requirement Exceptions FAQ and Application

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. Submit the document type as Educational.

Character Reference

The candidate must exhibit high moral and professional character and submit a completed Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor.

Character Reference Form

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form there. Submit the document type as Character Reference.

Work Experience

Experience for the IIA’s certification programs is based on the maximum level of education achieved. The work experience requirements for the CGAP program are:

Education Level​ ​Years of Work Experience Required
​Master’s Degree (or equivalent) ​12 months - government environment (federal, state/provincial, local, quasi-governmental areas, authority/crown corporation) auditing experience
​Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) ​24 months - government environment (federal, state/provincial, local, quasi-governmental areas, authority/crown corporation) auditing experience
​Associate’s Degree, A-Level Certificate (or equivalent) ​60 months - government environment (federal, state/provincial, local, quasi-governmental areas, authority/crown corporation) auditing experience

Candidates may apply to the program and sit for the exam prior to satisfying the professional experience requirement, but will not be certified until all program requirements have been met.

Download and complete the Experience Verification Form. Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. Submit the document type as Professional Experience.

Experience Verification Form

Proof of Identification

Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or national identity card. These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted. All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures the photo is clearly legible.

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Other.)

Eligibility Period

Effective August 14, 2018, candidates in the program prior to this date will have four years from application approval to complete the program. Candidates after August 14, 2018 must complete the program by December 31, 2020.

Confidentiality

The CGAP certification exam is a non-disclosed exam. Candidates agree to keep the contents of the CGAP exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorized 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

CGAP candidates agree to abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA.

Continuing Professional Education

Upon certification, CGAPs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments in the government auditing by satisfying CPE requirements.

IIA Membership

In most cases, you do not have to be a member of The IIA to take the CGAP exam or become a CGAP but we encourage you to consider its advantages. There are some countries, however, that do require candidates to be IIA members to take the CGAP exam. Candidates in any of the countries listed on the map located at the top right of this page should contact their local Institute to verify this requirement.

IIA members receive discounts on CGAP review materials and courses and have access to the latest exam preparation resources, networking opportunities, and current CGAP news and information.

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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.