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Chartered Internal Auditor

Demonstrate your expertise and professionalism

Chartered Internal Auditor status is the gold standard in the professional practice of internal auditing. We are the only organisation in the world that can award Chartered Internal Auditor status and the coveted CMIIA designation. 

Being chartered will demonstrate your advanced skills and competence and give you influence within both your organisation and wider profession. Our recent salary survey suggests chartered status could also significantly boost your earning power.

There are two ways you can become a Chartered Internal Auditor:

  1. By taking three case study exams and completing a professional experience journal
  2. By demonstrating your competence via our chartered by experience route

Most people take the exams route to becoming chartered.  

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What's involved in becoming chartered?

Part 1: Three case study exams

You will need to pass three case study exams that will test your technical knowledge as well as your leadership ability. 

  1. Case study 1: Internal audit leadership (3 hr 45 min) 
  2. Case study 2: Organisational leadership (3 hr 45 min) 
  3. Case study 3: Ethical leadership (2 hr 45 min)

The exams are based on case studies, which are made available at the start of each exam. You are advised to spend around 45 minutes reading the material before you tackle the questions. The exams are computer-based, so you can type your answers. 

When and where are the exams held?

You can take the exams at over 100 Pearson Vue centres in the UK and Ireland. Exams are held in February, June and October on a range of dates, so you can choose one that's convenient for you. 

Part 2: Professional experience journal

You must also complete a professional experience journal PEJ. You will need around three years' experience of working as an internal auditor, providing independent assurance to an organisation on risks and controls, in order to complete this.

Are you eligible?

All Certified Internal Auditors are eligible to take the case study exams and achieve chartered status.

A note for non-graduates who want to become chartered

Don't let the CIA experiential requirement put you off continuing on the qualification path to chartered status! You can take the exams that lead to chartered status and be awarded the CMIIA designation as long as you have passed the CIA exams, regardless of whether you have been awarded the CIA designation. 

Study support 

You don't have to take a programme of tuition to prepare for the exams, but it will certainly help if you do so and we offer a fantastic online programme plus exam workshops.  

Read more about IIA tuition   |   View fees and tuition costs

Other tuition providers are also available. 

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Questions? Call 020 7498 0101 or email