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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.

CIA Your Roadmap to Success

The CIA is the road to more.

As the only globally recognized certification for internal auditors and The IIA’s premier designation for more than 40 years, the CIA sets the standard for excellence in the profession. The CIA distinguishes you from your peers and demonstrates proficiency and professionalism. Plus, CIA’s earn on average $38,000 more annually than those without a certification.*

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Video Resources and Guides Study Guides


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

Setting Your Career Path with Certifications and Qualifications
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 Practice Tests
CIA Exam Practice Questions - Certified Internal Auditor

Doug Forster, CIA, CPA, CMA

CIA Learning System – Expert-led Training for Exam Success

From the leading CIA self-study provider, CIA Learning System offers in-person and online courses that help you garner leading insights from experts with peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. Doug Forster, CIA, CPA, CMA, was recently awarded the 2016 William S. Smith Certificate of Honor for excellence on the CIA® exam. He enrolled in a local IIA CIA Learning System course along with utilizing the self-study tools to create a study plan and work through online pre-tests, readings and chapter quizzes.

Read his story.

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:

Mahmoud F. Al Masri, CIA
Daniel B. Ramsier, CIA
Jepson Fuller CIA, CPA
Eleanor Dayton, CIA, CPA, ACA
Michael Easterday, CIA, CRMA