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Internal Audit Certification Expands Globally

New translation to increase exam accessibility to Russians

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., USA — The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is pleased to announce the continued global expansion of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) program with the addition of the Russian language. With the support of IIA Russia and Hock Training Inc., this augmentation brings the total number of languages in which the CIA program is available throughout the world to 19. As a result of this expansion, Russian-speaking candidates will have an opportunity to participate in the CIA program and sit for the exam in their native language at approximately 500 sites in 165 countries.

To date, more than 100,000 professionals around the world have earned the CIA designation — recognized globally as the top credential for practicing internal auditors.

“This is great news for the internal audit profession and organizations in our country,” said Alexei Sonin, CIA, the top elected official with IIA Russia and a member of The IIA’s global board of directors. “There is a strong demand for internal auditors in Russia, and having the CIA exam available in our native language will enhance our opportunities to meet this need here and around the globe.”

CIAs are mandated to conform to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards). Therefore — in addition to representing personal and professional integrity, internal audit competency and experience, higher education, and knowledge of the field — holding the CIA indicates that the individual adheres to the highest standards.

“Now, Russian-speaking internal auditors can join the ranks of the most professional internal audit practitioners in the world,” says IIA Vice President of Certifications Cyndi Plamondon, CIA, CFSA, CGAP, CCSA. “And executive management and boards in Russia can be assured that their CIAs will add value by demonstrating high ethics, performing in accordance with the Standards, and continually updating their skills and knowledge.”

The CIA exam is provided in four parts: (1) The Internal Audit Activity’s Role in Governance, Risk, and Control; (2) Conducting the Internal Audit Engagement; (3) Business Analysis and Information Technology; and (4) Business Management Skills. Having launched Part 1 in Russian on April 30, The IIA plans to roll out the other three parts in Russian by July 31, 2011.

“Launching our certification program in a ‘new’ language is a complicated, multi-tiered process,” says Plamondon. “In addition to ensuring we appropriately address the CIA’s four distinctively different parts, we must adequately accommodate for the varied dialects that accompany many of the languages.”

Other IIA global certification expansion projects for 2011 include making the existing Hebrew CIA exam also available through computer-based testing, launching the CIA exam and support materials in Arabic, and rolling out the Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) exam in Estonian.

The CGAP designation is a specialty certification designed for and by public-sector internal audit practitioners. Several countries — including Estonia, Poland, Taiwan, and Bulgaria — have discussed or proposed legislation in support of government auditors becoming CGAPs. The CGAP exam tests knowledge of public-sector internal auditing and emphasizes the internal auditor’s role in both strengthening accountability to the public and improving government services. Having grown in global popularity over the past decade, the CGAP exam is currently available in five languages and was administered in 28 countries during 2010.

Certification programs for the CIA designation and CGAP designation both reached milestones over the past year. The 100,000th CIA and 2,000th CGAP are from South Africa and Indonesia, respectively.

“We hope this translation allows the number of Certified Internal Auditors in Russia to grow dramatically,” said Sonin.