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​Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirements for Certified Internal Auditors (CIAs)

Each year, CIA 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 CIA’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 CIAs on an annual basis (no later than December 31 each year) and serve as signed statements that all applicable CPE requirements have been met.

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

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

Newly Certified?

Certification candidates will be awarded 40 CPE hours for the year in which the certification is earned, and 40 CPE hours for the subsequent year (a total of 80 CPE hours). CPE hours awarded are based on earning the certification, which are not NASBA sponsored.

The CPE hours awarded are granted by The Professional Certification Board (PCB) for use towards your reporting cycle for the IIA designations. You will need to verify if the IIA awarded CPE hours will be acceptable for use towards other certifications, as they are not NASBA sponsored.

CPE Opportunities

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