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I am a Certified Internal Auditor.Prove Credibility & Proficiency

As the only globally recognized internal audit certification, becoming a Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) is the optimum way to communicate knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively carry out professional responsibilities for any internal audit, anywhere in the world.

The CIA exam was updated in 2019 and is now available in multiple languages. With additional languages to be released in 2021, this is the perfect time to take a fresh look at CIA.

As a matter of fact, earning a professional internal audit credential is a critical step to being distinguished from your peers and will:

  • Enhance credibility and respect.
  • Sharpen skills and proficiencies.
  • Increase advancement and earning potential.
  • Demonstrate understanding and commitment.

Wherever your journey takes you, the CIA accelerates your success as a credible and proficient internal auditor. Join the over 170,000 CIAs in 170+ countries awarded the designation that adds immeasurable distinction with only three letters.

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Resources to Help Get You Started

CIA Brochure

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Want to learn more? This brochure explores the many benefits of becoming a CIA, outlines each of the three parts of the CIA exam, and explains the certification process and requirements in detail. Download now in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Turkish.


Certification Q&A Session

Certification Q&A Session 

Prospective and current IIA certification candidates, join us for an informal 30-minute webinar! A certification expert will be available to answer your questions about certification programs, CCMS, and more. Register for the Certification Q&A Webinar to hear from The IIA Certification team and learn from your peers on study methods to prepare for IIA exams*.

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*IIA exams are non-disclosed, which means that current exam questions and answers will not be published or divulged.

Online Testing Now Available

To support the continued professional development of CIA and CRMA candidates around the world and in response to test center closures, The IIA is now offering online testing. Watch this video for more information.

Online Testing 


Latest Certification News Certification Spotlight

Did You Miss the CPE Deadline?

End of Year CPEIf you did not report your 2021 CPE hours by Dec. 31 as required to maintain your IIA certification, your status may now be in a grace period or expired. Report your CPE as soon as possible to stay active.

Learn more about CPE requirements and reinstating your certification.

Meet Lina Xu-Fenz, CIA, CRMA

Lina Xu-FenzLina Xu-Fenz, head of internal audit at Helvetia Versicherungen AG in Vienna, shares how her CIA and CRMA designations have helped her career. She also provides six insightful tips for IIA exam candidates.

Read more.

CIA Learning System Version 7.0 Launch 

*According to The IIA’s 2017 Internal Audit Compensation Study (based on U.S. responses).​​