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Earning Your CIA: Study Essentials

Your CIA Study Resource Guide

As you embark on earning the premier designation for internal audit, preparation to meet the standard for excellence can be a daunting task. The IIA is here to support your journey with the resources and tools to pass all three exam parts.

The IIA's CIA Learning System

Get Prepped and Certified by the Leader

The IIA’s CIA Learning System is an interactive review program, combining reading materials and online study tools to teach and reinforce all three parts of the entire global CIA exam. It is continuously updated to align with the latest industry standards, including the IPPF and the Standards. The three-part system also includes a free upgrade to support the exam update in 2019.

Try 10 free practice questions.

Video Resources and Guides Study Guides


Hear from subject matter experts the latest tips and best practices on Audit Channel:

I am a Certified Internal Auditor.
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Raoul Ménès on Getting a CIA
Auditor Certification: Why Is It Important?
Audit Certification: As A Leader, Do I Need It?
CIA: Quality Training for Internal Audit Staff

Resources and Guides

Explore thought leadership, reports, guidance, and research:

Eligibility Requirements
Certification Pricing Structure
Lifelong Learning for Internal Auditors: Certification and Training Levels Worldwide
Certification Program Pass Rates

Study Guides

Access tools to guide you through the exam process:

CIA Learning System
CIA Sample Exam Questions
CIA Exam Review Courses
CIA Exam Practice Questions - Certified Internal Auditor

William Chan

Certification Spotlight: CIA Spotlight: Engineering Career Success

Internal auditors come from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering. As a Professional Engineer (P.E.), William Chan, CIA may not have envisioned he would one day have a career in internal audit, but a work shop and a natural curiosity soon steered him in a direction that continues to challenge him today.

Learn how earning his Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) has helped him in his career and inspired him to pursue more credentials that will help engineer his internal audit career for success. Read more.

Study Systems Courses CIA Spotlights

Study Systems

Study systems allow you to personalize your study plan for the CIA:

The IIA’s CIA Learning System – 3 Part Study Guide With Online Review
Explore more study systems at The IIA Bookstore


Get in-person insights and expertise to effectively pass the exams:

CIA Learning System Comprehensive Instructor-led Course — Part 1
CIA Learning System Comprehensive Instructor-led Course — Part 2
CIA Learning System Comprehensive Instructor-led Course — Part 3


CIA Spotlights

Hear from your peers about their journey and opportunities gained so far:

Engineering Career Success
Letting Your Guard Down Is Not an Option
Certification Plus Promotion Equals Opportunity