The CIA Challenge Exams are a fast-track route for qualified members to complete the highly respected Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification by sitting a single Challenge exam instead of the usual three exams.
We offer two CIA Challenge exams:
Information on how to register as an information systems auditor coming soon.
The CIA Challenge exams are primarily based on the International standards and authoritative guidance on the standards. The standards are the cornerstone of the CIA syllabus.
The CIA Challenge exam for qualified accountants is open to ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, CPA Ireland, and Chartered Accountants Ireland. Scroll down to view the full list of qualifying bodies.
The CIA Challenge exam for information systems auditors is open to Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) holders.
Membership with the Charterd IIA is required for all candidates based in the UK and Ireland.
Both the CIA Challenge exams will be multiple choice, and candidates can sit the at a Pearson Vue Centre or from any other location that meet the set criteria.
Each exam consists of 150 questions to be completed within 180 minutes. To pass the exam, candidates must achieve a final score of 600 out of 750, or 80%.
CIA Challenge exam for information systems auditors
CIA Challenge exam for qualified accountants
This route is available only to members of qualified accounting bodies and covers all areas of the CIA certification (Parts 1, 2 and 3) and addresses topics not currently covered in the accountancy exams.
We currently offer workshops to support candidates preparing to sit the CIA Challenge exam for qualified accountants. The masterclasses are delivered online and are designed to fully prepare you by reviewing challenging areas of the study material.
Find out more.
We do not currently offer additional support for information systems auditors.
The CIA Challenge Exam application period will be April and September.
Once you have registered for the exam, you will have a 180-day window to schedule and sit your exam. If you apply in June, you can sit your exam either in August or November, and if you apply in September you have the opportunity to sit your exam in November or February.
Application window: April – September 2024
First Attempt Testing Windows: June 2024, August 2024, November 2024, or February 2025
You have to sit your exams within 180 days of your application being approved.
Candidates applying for the CIA Challenge Exam must be current members of one of the following qualified accounting bodies (former members and students are ineligible):