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Certification in Risk Management Assurance® (CRMA®) Eligibility Requirements

By applying to become a candidate in the CRMA program, an individual agrees to accept the conditions of the program. These include eligibility requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE), and any other conditions enacted by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).

Requirements

CRMA candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements. Before a candidate application can be approved, ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.

CIA Part 1

The candidate must have successfully completed the requirements and passed Part 1 of the CIA exam. This can be done before, during, or after completion of the CRMA exam, but must be completed before the certification is granted. Review the requirements for the CIA exam Part 1.

Education

CRMA candidates must hold a 3- or 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher). For further details please, refer to the Certification Candidate Handbook.

Important change to the Education Requirement for the CRMA : The Global Board of Directors has approved an alternate path to eligibility for the CRMA for those candidates who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. 

Candidates may now become eligible for the CRMA, subject to approval, who possess:

  • Two years post-secondary education and five years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent, OR
  • Seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.

Download the Certification Education Requirement Exceptions FAQ and Application

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Educational)

Character Reference

The candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor.

Character Reference Form

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Character Reference.)

Work Experience

CRMA candidates must obtain 24 months of auditing experience or controls-related business experience such as risk management, quality assurance, or CSA. A completed Experience Verification Form is required. Candidates may apply to the program and sit for the exam prior to satisfying the professional experience requirement, but will not be certified until all program requirements have been met.

Experience Verification Form

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Professional Experience.)

Proof of Identification

Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or national identity card. These must indicate current status; expired documents will ​not be accepted. All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures the photo is clearly legible.

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Other.)

Eligibility Period

Effective November 2010, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.

Confidentiality

The CRMA exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the CRMA exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorized disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.

Code of Ethics

CRMA candidates agree to abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Upon certification, CRMAs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments by satisfying CPE requirements.

IIA Membership

In most cases, you do not have to be a member of The IIA to take the CRMA exam or become a CRMA, but we encourage you to consider its advantages. There are some countries, however, that do require candidates to be IIA members to take the CRMA exam. Candidates in any of the countries listed on the map located at the top right of this page should contact their local institute to verify this requirement.

IIA members receive discounts on CRMA review materials and courses and have access to the latest exam preparation resources, networking opportunities, and current CRMA news and information.

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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.