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Board Approves Changes to CIA Educational Requirements and Eligibility Requirements for All Certifications

The IIA’s Global Board of Directors recently approved changes to the education requirements for the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and eligibility requirements for all certification programs.

The change to the CIA program impacts the level of education and amount of experience a candidate may have prior to pursuing the certification, while changes to the eligibility for all programs addresses the new documentation required and the required timing of all the documentation before a candidate is approved to pursue any of The IIA’s certification programs.

Certified Internal Auditor Educational Requirements:

With approval from the Global Board, the CIA educational requirements now have a provision that allows experienced internal audit practitioners around the globe not possessing a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent to pursue CIA certification.

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

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

Individuals who meet the above prescribed criteria may now qualify to pursue CIA certification.  This alternative provision opens the door to certification to those accomplished practitioners from around the globe who have had varied educational experiences, but possess the technical knowledge and expertise to obtain the designation.

For more information on CIA eligibility requirements, click here.

Eligibility Requirements for All Certification Programs:

The Board also updated the documentation requirements for candidates to move from an “Applied” to an “Approved” status in all certification programs. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, The IIA must receive and approve the following described candidate documents before a candidate may register for any certification exams.

  • 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.  
  • Applicants must indicate their highest level of education on the exam application. Proof of education in the form of a copy of the degree(s) or transcripts is required. These documents should be transmitted to The IIA via the Document Upload Portal.
    • NOTE: Full-time university students who are in their senior (final) year may enter the certification program and sit for exams before completing their education requirement upon approval. To be accepted into the certification program and ultimately achieve certification, they must:
      • Complete the Special Student/Professor application in CCMS.
      • Submit a University Student/Professor Registration form.
      • Complete the education requirement.
  • A Character Reference Form must be completed and signed by an active IIA-certified individual, a current or prior supervisor, or the candidate’s current professor and transmitted to The IIA via the Document Upload Portal.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, a candidate must provide all three documents indicated above and receive acceptance to the certification program before they can register and sit for any exams.

The complete process, instructions, and forms for each certification are available on The IIA’s website, www.theiia.org/certification.