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Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) 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The CIA exam is a non-disclosed examination, which means that current exam questions and answers will not be published or divulged.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 – Internal Audit Basics

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. Note: All items in this section of the syllabus will be tested at the Proficiency knowledge level unless otherwise indicated below.

Part 2 – Internal Audit Practice

100 questions | 2.0 Hours (120 minutes)

The CIA exam Part 2 topics tested include managing the internal audit function via the strategic and operational role of internal audit and establishing a risk-based plan; the steps to manage individual engagements (planning, supervision, communicating results, and monitoring outcomes); as well as fraud risks and controls. Note: All items in this section of the syllabus will be tested at the Proficiency knowledge level unless otherwise indicated below.

Part 3 – Internal Audit Knowledge Elements

100 questions | 2.0 Hours (120 minutes)

The CIA exam Part 3 topics tested include governance and business ethics; risk management; organizational structure, including business processes and risks; communication; management and leadership principles; information technology and business continuity; financial management; and the global business environment. Note: All items in this section of the syllabus will be tested at the Awareness knowledge level unless otherwise indicated below.

CIA Reference Resources

Download the PDF below for a list of references that encompass the body of knowledge for the CIA exam.

CIA Exam Reference Resources

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.

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.

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