ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., USA — The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is pleased to announce that the number of professionals who have earned their Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation worldwide has crossed the 100,000 mark. Portia Ngesi of Mondeor, South Africa, is the 100,000th individual to earn the CIA — the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and the standard for demonstrating internal audit competency and professionalism.
A seven-year internal audit veteran, Portfolio Manager: CIB Audit Portia Ngesi, CIA, works for Standard Bank as part of the bank’s team of more than 300 internal auditors worldwide. According to Ngesi, her work has improved as a result of the preparation and study for the CIA exam. In addition, she is pleased by the positive way having her CIA is viewed within her organization.
“Earning my CIA has broadened my thinking and I am able to see issues at a much higher level than I used to,” says Ngesi. “I now have the bigger picture in mind on every audit that I am involved in and can bring more valuable input to the audit team. I also am able to apply what I learned practically and to perform at a higher level than before I became certified.”
Available year-round through computer testing, the CIA exam is offered at 500 locations worldwide. Comprising four parts, it covers the internal audit activity’s role in governance, risk, and control; conducting the internal audit engagement; business analysis and information technology; and business management skills.
“The CIA is not static,” says IIA Vice President of Certifications Cyndi Plamondon, CIA, CISA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA. “It regularly undergoes review and updating to ensure the information continually meets the needs and requirements of today’s internal audit profession and business arena.” She goes on to point out the global applicability of the exam, which ensures that the CIA prepares internal auditors everywhere to perform their unique role in the workplace.
When asked why reaching 100,000 CIAs is such a critical milestone, IIA President and CEO Richard F. Chambers points out the uniqueness of the certification. “The CIA was established in 1973 to meet a growing need to demonstrate the competency of internal audit professionals willing to take their knowledge and expertise to the next level. The depth and breadth of this certification program is unparalleled and both its content and applicability are global,” says Chambers. “And considering the enormous responsibility internal auditors carry on behalf of their organizations, these practitioners must have the highest level of integrity and proficiency,” he continues. “No other certification anywhere can attest to this in the way the CIA can… And now 100,000 professionals from all around the globe have taken advantage of the value it brings.”