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Chartered by Learning

Aimed at aspiring leaders, Chartered by Learning focuses on the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours for internal auditors wishing to progress into a management position. No management experience is required as the programme will teach you the skills you need.

Comprehensive support is provided via the learning programme, while regular assessments check your understanding and progress. Finally, you complete a case study-based exam to assess your competency.

The Chartered by Learning programme involves 400 hours of work (or approximately an hour and a half every day while enrolled on a course). It must be completed within three years - although the majority of candidates will complete it within 18 months.

This route is open to all CIA and PIIA holders who are current Chartered IIA members.

Please noteChartered members from accountancy bodies in the UK and Ireland currently working in internal audit, or internal auditors holding advanced business degrees, may be eligible for our Direct Entry route.

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Programme outline

Module 1: Strategy

This module provides candidates with the competencies and skills required of strategic decision makers and leaders. It introduces the challenges of contemporary management and how to engage with frameworks, theories, and tools.

Although the focus is on formulating strategy, this is approached from the view of the CAE and considers the role of the internal audit function to:

  • Participate and contribute to the strategy formulating
  • Act as advisor and providing assurance of the strategic risks
  • Review the strategic processes

This module consists of five domains:

  • Leadership principles
  • Organisational strategy
  • Organisational culture
  • Commercial acuity
  • CSR and sustainability

Module 2: Leadership

This module is concerned predominantly with the operational challenges of being accountable for an internal audit function, either as a manager or as an executive.

Like Module 1, it consists of five domains:

  • Planning
  • Assurance and insight
  • Influence
  • Talent management
  • Quality assurance and improvement programme

Exams are based on case studies which are made available at the start of each course. You can take these exams online.


New courses will take place on the following dates:

  • Spring term: starting in March with the exam in July
  • Autumn term: starting in September with the exam in January

Professional Conferral

The Professional Conferral gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your learning. You will reflect on your learning and how you applied this to your work environment and demonstrate your ability to act as a leader. Assessors will want to see how you developed and grew, and it is, therefore, particularly important that you reference any areas that didn’t work out as you hoped.

The Professional Conferral has two elements: a presentation followed by a Q&A session. It replaces the Professional Experience Journal and offers candidates the opportunity to better engage with those areas that reflect their own development and learning rather than responding to a list of competencies.

For those candidates transitioning from the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL), we will continue to accept the PEJ until 1 December 2022. After this date, all candidates will be expected to complete the Professional Conferral.

Is tuition provided?

Those enrolled on the study route to Chartered membership will receive tuition support. The tuition takes the form of a 15-week online programme, followed by three weeks of reading and revision. Students then sit their exams during week 19.

Courses are offered in cohorts, with each cohort having set dates for assignment submissions and the exam.

The programme includes:

• Access to resources comprising text-based, audio and interactive material
• Guidance and links to material that develops knowledge across the various domains
• Web-based classes facilitated by an experienced tutor
• A forum that enables you to post questions to and share ideas with your tutor and fellow learners

Additional material is also available for purchase.

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Call 020 7498 0101 or email student.support@iia.org.uk