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Chartered by experience

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Achieve Chartered Internal Auditor status without sitting exams

There is an experiential route to becoming a Chartered Internal Auditor. Senior practitioners who can demonstrate their professional competence can become a chartered member without sitting our exams.

By becoming chartered you will:

  • Earn the right to use the CMIIA designation
  • Gain the recognition and prestige that comes with chartered status 
  • Become a full voting member of the IIA, and help to raise the profile and performance of internal audit.

Candidates awarded Chartered Internal Auditor status through this experiential route will not be eligible to claim the CIA or QIAL.  

Register as a candidate today

Next registration deadline: 15 May  View assessment timings

Are you eligible?


To be considered for this route you must have relevant experience of operating at head of internal audit level within an organisation or in an equivalent role as an outsourced provider of internal audit services. You need to have had direct influence over the strategy of the organisation or business unit.

What do we mean by an equivalent role? Read our HIA role definition


It isn't enough to have years of experience. You must be able to demonstrate your competence and adherence to the highest standards of professional practice. Read the required competencies

IIA member

You must hold membership of the Chartered IIA to apply to be chartered by experience. If you're not a member please join as an affiliate before applying to become chartered.

Hear from a recent candidate

Charles Clayton at Reckitt Benckiser Group plc became a Chartered Internal Auditor through the experience route. Read his story 

How you will be assessed

There are two assessment stages:

1. Written application

You will be required to write a detailed application that demonstrates your advanced professional competencies. We have provided a template to help you do this. You must also submit supporting details, which include the a sponsor and two referees, your CV and an organisational chart. 

Your sponsor must be of good professional standing and they cannot be your line manager. Your referees should include your current/most recent line manager (or similar senior representative) and the audit committee chair.

The people you choose must have sufficient knowledge of your work to endorse your experience. The IIA cannot assist with identifying suitable sponsors or referees.  

2. Panel interview 

Candidates who meet the criteria will be invited to an interview by a panel comprising two assessors who are both chartered members. This will most likely be held in London – subject to demand. 

The interview will be used to validate the evidence submitted at the application stage and to confirm that you meet the full range of knowledge and skills required. It will include a ten minute presentation on a topic chosen by the assessor. The interview will last for about 60–90 minutes.

Please read the competencies you will be required to demonstrate in your written application and at interview. 


The application fee to become chartered by experience is £1,695 +VAT (for assessments after 1 April 2017).

This is non-refundable, but if we feel you haven't submitted enough evidence to be eligible for interview we will give you some feedback and you can re-apply within two months at no extra cost. 

Once you have been awarded chartered status, the membership fee for CMIIA members will apply (£243 for 2017–18).

Deadlines and timings

If you register now for assessment in July, this is the timeframe for the process:

Application deadline 15 May
Written application deadline 31 May
Interview shortlist announced  14 June
Panel interviews 12 and 13 July
Result confirmed 24 July

Key dates for May assessment

For members who are already registered on the CBE programme and due to be assessed in May.

Written application deadline 29 March
Interview shortlist announced  12 April
Panel interviews 10 and 11 May
Result confirmed 22 May

Key dates for March assessment

For members who are already registered on the CBE programme and due to be assessed in March.

Application deadline 17 January
Written application deadline 6 February
Interview shortlist announced  21 February
Panel interviews 14 March
Result confirmed 28 March

Register today

Start the process by registering today – it only takes a moment. Then, you can take your time putting your application together.

Register as a candidate today

Questions? Call 020 7498 0101 or email

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