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​Internal Audit Practitioner FAQ

  •   What is the Internal Audit Practitioner program?

    The Internal Audit Practitioner program is offered by The IIA and provides separate recognition and status for candidates who successfully complete and pass the CIA Part One exam.

  •   How will the Internal Audit Practitioner program benefit candidates?

    The Internal Audit Practitioner program is the initial key to professional success, opening doors for career opportunities, and earning candidates increased credibility and respect within their profession and organization.

    For most, it is an important stepping stone towards completion of the full CIA or of those specialty certifications that require completion of the CIA Part One exam as a co-requisite (currently CRMA). It is also a desirable minimum achievement for those who are likely to be in internal auditing for two years or less.

  •   Who is eligible to apply?

    Please use the PDF to determine if you are eligible to apply.

  •   What are the eligibility requirements?

    The eligibility requirements for Internal Audit Practitioner are as follows:

    • Valid photo ID
    • Completion of the Internal Audit Practitioner program application
    • Character reference
    • Six months internal audit or equivalent experience (i.e., experience in audit or assessment disciplines, including internal auditing, external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control)

    The experience requirement must be fulfilled by the point of completion. There is no defined educational requirement.

  •   How much does the Internal Audit Practitioner recognition program cost?

    The application and registration fees are located on the Certification Pricing Structure web page.

  •   Do I have to be a member of The IIA to apply?

    While Internal Audit Practitioner candidates are not required to join The IIA, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the member benefits including exam fee discounts, free CPE reporting, networking opportunities, and more.

    • If you live within North America click HERE
    • If you live outside of North America click HERE
  •   How do I apply to the Internal Audit Practitioner program?

    Complete the Internal Audit Practitioner application through The IIA’s Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS).

    Once you have submitted your application, submit your required documentation through The IIA’s document upload portal.  Once your documents have been approved, you will automatically receive notification of your status. To access The IIA’s document upload portal click HERE.

  •   How do I register for the CIA Part One exam?

    Once your application for the Internal Audit Practitioner is approved, log into CCMS and complete the CIA Part One exam registration form.  The exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round at more than 500 locations worldwide at any IIA-authorized Pearson VUE testing center. To locate the testing centers nearest you, visit the Pearson VUE website. You must apply and register in The IIA's Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) prior to scheduling an exam.

  •   What is the syllabus for the CIA Part One exam?

    The 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.

    1. Mandatory Guidance (35-45%)
    2. Internal Control/Risk (25-35%) – Awareness Level
    3. Conducting Internal Audit Engagement – Audit Tools and Techniques (25-35%)

    To review the full syllabus for the CIA Part One exam please click HERE. To review sample exam questions for the CIA Part One exam please click HERE.

  •   How long is the CIA Part One exam?

    The CIA Part One exam consists of 125 questions. Candidates will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the exam.

  •   What do I have to do to retain my recognition?

    Internal Audit Practitioners will be awarded 2 years of CPE.   At the end of the two years, you can report CPE once to keep your designation active for 12 additional months.  At the end of the 3rd full year of holding the Internal Audit Practitioner, the designation will automatically expire.

    • For example if you earn the Internal Audit Practitioner on 1 June 2015, your first CPE report is due on or before 31 December 2017.  After that, your designation will expire at the end of 2018. 
  •   What if I earn a certified status in the CIA or CRMA programs?

    If you complete the CIA program (pass all three parts of the CIA exam) or obtain the CRMA, your Internal Audit Practitioner designation will automatically expire.

  •   Why does my designation expire after 3 full years?

    ​The Internal Audit Practitioner is not designed to be held indefinitely.  This program is designed to accommodate those that will only be in the professional for a short amount of time, and those that do not yet have enough experience to enter the full CIA program.  As such, the designation will expire after 3 full calendar years.

  •   Will candidates receive certification?

    ​The Internal Audit Practitioner program is not a certification program.  The program is intended to recognize candidates who successfully complete the CIA Part One exam and are approved for the program.

  •   Will I receive a paper certificate?

    ​No, individuals that earn the Internal Audit Practitioner designation will not receive a paper certificate.  Instead, you will receive a digital badge that represents your achievement.  Candidates will be able to display their recognition through social badging. Social badging allows holders of IIA qualifications to digitally display their credentials on social and professional networking sites at no cost to the candidate. For more information on Social Badging, please click HERE.

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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.