CIA Certification Requirements | Uplift Professionals

The US Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)qualification is considered as the hallmark in the domain of Internal Auditing worldwide. The CIA (US Certified Internal Auditor) is the primary professional designation offered by The IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors).  Attaining US CIA course qualification will help the professionals to fast track their auditing career to the next level.

We at, Uplift PRO, get quite a number of queries everyday from people aspiring to be CIAs.

Before one knows what exactly one has to do to earn the CIA Certification , lets make a deep dive into the details of the US CIA course qualification.

A Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a certification offered to accountants who conduct internal audits. The Certified Internal Auditor designation is ISSUED by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Credential of US CIA course is recognized as the hallmark of internal auditing worldwide.

Before a CIA aspiring candidate plans to write the CIA exam, he has to submit the necessary documents as per the guidelines of IIA. The following link gives insights about the Documents to be uploaded in Certification Document Portal.

CIA certification requirements :

Academic Credentials:

CIA candidates are required to have a 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher). This degree must come from an accredited university that is recognized by the IIA. . For the details check The IIA’s Certification Education Requirement Exceptions FAQ and Application.

As proof of completed education, you will be required to show either:

1. A copy of your degree or official transcripts

2. A letter from your university confirming your degree

3. A letter from evaluation services that confirms the level of your degree

If your name has changed since your university graduation, you will also be required to show your legal name change documents. Until recently, the IIA did not accept any form of work experience in place of education. This has  changed, and candidates are now eligible to take the CIA exam if they meet one of the following conditions:

1. Have attained 2 years post-secondary education plus 5 years of verified work experience in internal auditing or an equivalent,


2. Can demonstrate 7 years of verified work experience in internal auditing or equivalent

Professional Experience

Once you complete the education requirement, next step towards CIA IS work experience requirement.

A candidate without having any wok experience can register and take the exam, but he/she will not be certified until they meet the following work experience requirements:

1. Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree – 24 months of internal auditing experience

2. Candidates with an Associate’s Degree, three A-Level Certificates, grade C or higher – 60 months of internal auditing experience  

3. The IIA will also consider the equivalents of the degree levels and internal auditing experience.


 Proof of education and work experience are not required if you are :

1. A qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

2. An active and licensed US Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Eligibility Period

The IIA approves candidate’s applications for four years. If a candidate did not complete the certification process within four years, he or she loses any fees paid and any exams passed. There is also a one-time 12-month extension available for a fee.

CIA Certification

Each part of the CIA exam costs money, so you will want to pass the first time, if possible. Be sure to prepare for your exam one part at a time to increase your chances of passing. Several great CIA review courses are available for purchase that will help you study and prepare for the big day. Taking the CIA exam and passing all three parts is the final step of the certified internal auditor requirements. Once you’ve taken each section and passed, you will have completed all CIA certification requirements and will be able to order your certificate.

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