About the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors is the only professional association for internal auditors in the UK and Ireland. We are passionate about our members and our profession.

What is internal audit?
Our vision and mission
Strategic priorities 2016-19
Chartered internal auditor status
Global connections


What is internal audit?

The role of internal audit is to provide independent assurance that an organisation's risk management, governance and internal control processes are operating effectively.

Internal auditing is a dynamic, exciting career. It gives you unique insight in to your organisation and its strategy. Internal auditors look at the big risks and issues that the organisation faces and think about whether these are being well managed.

And to do this you need to be well trained. That's why internal auditors come to their Chartered Institute for qualificationstrainingresources and other services

Find out more about what internal auditors do and how you can join us.


Our vision

Our vision is that internal audit will be universally recognised as essential to the success of organisations; and that the Institute will be acknowledged as an essential enabler of the success of internal audit professionals.

Our mission

The Institute’s mission is to support and develop internal audit professionals throughout their careers, and to promote the role and value of the profession.  We aspire to be recognised as the authoritative professional body for the internal audit profession, and as widely influential amongst our stakeholders.

Our core values

The core values of the Institute team are:

1. Teamwork

We support each other, working collaboratively, respecting and listening to each other’s views

2. Improvement and innovation

We continually seek to improve and innovate, empowering our staff to develop and perform their roles better through effective leadership

3. Individual responsibility

We act with honesty, fairness, integrity and reliability, taking pride in everything we do

4. Excellent customer service

We respond quickly and effectively to members’ and customers’ needs, providing excellent service and value for money. 


Strategic priorities for 2016–2019

 Our three strategic goals to realise our mission are to:

  • Raise the profile and standing of the internal audit profession, and increase its influence
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and expertise of internal audit professionals
  • Grow the membership of the Institute

Delivering these strategic goals requires that we maintain a sustainable Institute


Chartered Internal Auditor status

There are two ways an internal auditor can achieve Chartered Internal Auditor status, which carries the CMIIA designation.

1. Study for the CIA and then the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership  

2. Become chartered by experience via our new assessment route 


Global connections

The Chartered IIA is part of a global network of institutes affiliated to IIA Global. When you join the Chartered IIA you automatically become a member of IIA Global along with more than 180,000 internal auditors in 190 countries around the world.

IIA Global provides services to our members here in the UK and Ireland, as well as working to promote and develop the profession worldwide.

These services include the International Standards, the annual international conference, AuditChannel.tv and a wealth of global guidance for members.

Members can access guidance and information through IIA Global using their IIA Global password.  This is provided to members when they join the Chartered IIA. 

Our members are represented at IIA Global through a seat on the board of Directors.

European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA)

The European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) represents the internal auditing profession in Europe. ECIIA promotes internal auditing to organisations within the European Community, it publishes research and position papers and organises a successful annual conference.

Find the IIA in your country

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors serves internal auditors in the UK and Ireland. To find the IIA in another country visit IIA Global