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CPE Requirements 

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements

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The IIA Certification Registry

​2019 CPE/CPD reporting is now open. Log in to the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) to complete the CPE or CPD Reporting Form.

The reporting deadline is Dec. 31 each year. Should you fail to report your CPE/CPD, your certification/qualification will become inactive, and as a result, you are no longer approved to represent yourself as a certified individual. Individuals remaining "Inactive" for 12 months or longer will be charged a certification reinstatement fee.

As an IIA certified or qualified professional, you are responsible for ensuring that the CPE or CPD information in your report is accurate. You must include your membership or customer identification number when reporting your CPE or CPD. Get more information on CPE reporting steps for current and inactive certificants.

Don’t Miss Out on Being Included in The IIA Certification Registry

And remember, all individuals who have earned an IIA certification and maintain it by reporting CPE/CPD are eligible to opt in to The IIA Certification Registry. This up-to-date record provides an opportunity for employers and recruiters to verify your certification. The registry will only include the following: certification holder’s first and last name; certificate ID; certification status; country of residence. Inclusion in the registry is voluntary.

If you do not report, your certification/qualification goes inactive, and as a result, you are no longer approved to represent yourself as a certified individual nor be listed in the registry.

Global Rules/Requirements

CPE and CPD reporting fees vary globally, based upon membership status, if you report CPE or CPD directly to The IIA through CCMS, or through your local affiliate. Please check with your local affiliate regarding pricing and the reporting process.

Visit the Pricing Structure page of our website for the most current pricing information. IIA-certified professionals who fail to meet their CPE or CPD requirements by the reporting deadline will automatically be placed in inactive status and may not use their designation nor be listed in the registry.

What Counts as an Ethics Course?

The Professional Certification Board (PCB) has set forth an ethics component to be included in CPE requirements, with a minimum of two hours of ethics training each year.

There is flexibility in fulfilling this obligation. An ethics course meeting the CPE requirements could cover a variety of topics within the broader concept of ethics, such as conflicts of interest, transparency, or ethical leadership.

In collaboration with the Professional Ethics and Responsibility Committee, the PCB recommends the following list as a guideline for topics and coursework. Acceptable courses also may include topics not listed as long as they directly relate to The IIA’s Code of Ethics.

Examples of Acceptable Ethics Courses

  • The IIA’s Code of Ethics (or any component of The IIA’s Code of Ethics).
  • Developing codes of ethics for the organization (not in the internal audit activity).
  • How to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  • Ethical decision-making.
  • Ethical cultures.
  • Ethics helplines or hotlines.
  • The role of ethics in corporate governance.
  • Organizational ethics programs.
  • Organizational ethics maturity models.
  • How to audit organizational ethics programs.
  • Collaborating with ethics officers.

Examples of Courses Not Fulfilling the Ethics Requirement

  • Classes focused on specific compliance obligations.
  • Security laws and insider trading regulations.
  • Medical claims submission requirements.
  • IPPF implementation.

CPE and CPD Opportunities

If you are looking for ways to obtain your CPE or CPD hours, check out these IIA CPE-earning opportunities.

Compli​mentary Reporting for North America IIA Members

Members of The IIA in North America and the Caribbean benefit from free CPE reporting. Learn more about IIA membership benefits.

Are You Newly Certified or Qualified?

You are awarded CPE or CPD hours (40 or 20) for the year in which the exam is passed, and the other half are for the subsequent year.

  • New CIAs are awarded 80 CPE hours.
  • New CCSAs, CGAPs, CFSAs, and CRMAs are awarded 40 CPE hours.
  • New QIALs are awarded 40 CPD hours.

Requirements by Certification or Qualification

Annual CPE Audit Activities

The Annual CPE Audit notifications are sent in January for the prior year’s reporting cycle. If selected for an audit, individuals must provide evidence of previously reported CPE activities that meet the criteria described in the CPE Policy. (If you self-claim CPEs, be sure to keep detailed records.) Individuals selected for a CPE Audit will be notified via email. The deadline and requirements for returning supporting documentation will be included in the email.

*CPE reporting fees vary globally based upon membership status. Individuals from IIA Institutes should contact their local representatives for their CPE reporting process.

Frequently Asked Questions

CPEs: Frequently Asked Questions