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​Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) Professional Recognition Credit (PRC4) for CIA Exam Part 4

Candidates who have obtained a certification from other related organizations may be eligible to receive PRC4, which allows exemption from Part 4 of the CIA exam. CIA candidates who have passed an IIA specialty certification (CCSA®, CFSA®, or CGAP®) exam will automatically receive PRC4.


To qualify for PRC4, candidates must have an approved certification that is current and in good standing (without ethics violations). Candidates must also complete the CIA – Registration for Part 4 Professional Recognition Credit form in their Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) profile.

List of Approved Certifications

Applying for PRC4

CIA candidates who wish to receive PRC4 must complete these steps:

Step 1: Submit Documentation

Candidates must submit evidence confirming that your certification is current. Documents must be uploaded through the Document Upload Portal. Please include your Candidate ID number in your document’s file name. Click here to access the Document Upload Portal.

The following are acceptable documents that can be submitted:

  • Unexpired license
  • Certificate stating that the certification was issued within the last year
  • Letter from the sponsoring organization confirming that you hold the designation and that it is current

Step 2: PRC4 Registration

After the documents have been approved, candidates should complete the CIA – Registration for Part 4 Professional Recognition Credit form in their CCMS profile.

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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