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IIA Recognizes Top Scores on 2015 CIA Exams

Smith Award presented for the best overall score on coveted certification

NEW YORK (July 20, 2016) – The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) honored the top scorer on its Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification from among more than 55,000 candidates who took three-part exam in 2015.

Michelle Hale, CIA, a member of the Birmingham, Ala. IIA chapter, earned the William S. Smith Gold Award for earning the highest overall score on the CIA exam in 2015. She received a commemorative plaque in recognition of her outstanding accomplishment, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to The IIA’s 2016 International Conference, where she accepted the award.

“I congratulate Michelle Hale for attaining the top score on the CIA exam,” said IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA. “Her success demonstrates a commitment to excellence that will serve as an important asset throughout her career.”

The William S. Smith Award is named in honor of The IIA’s first chairman of the Board of Regents, a former IIA chairman of the board, and an important figure behind the development of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) program.

Testing for the CIA exam occurs year-round, and recipients of the award must pass three separate exam parts on their first attempt, and within one year of taking the first exam part.

The IIA also recognizes the highest score by a student with the Dr. Glen Sumner Student Award, which went to Ashley Gervasi of Oklahoma City, Okla.; the second-highest overall score with the A.J. Hans Spoel Award, which went to Justin Swalberg of Detroit, Mich., and the third-highest overall score with the Kurt Riedener Bronze Award, which went to William Flahr of Saskatchewan Province, Canada.