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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 Chartered IIA, and help to raise the profile and performance of internal audit.

How to register for CBE

Next registration deadline: 21 September 2018   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.

Case study: Stephen Foster, Senior VP Audit & Assurance, Cargotec

Stephen has been in an internal audit role at Cargotec for five and a half years, during which time he has transformed the role of audit and introduced an ethics and compliance function. Prior to this he worked in finance for 20 years, in various industries and companies. Stephen decided to become a Chartered Internal Auditor in 2016.  

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 and another senior representative.

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. Whilst a face to face interview tends to work best, we appreciate that this is not always achievable. We do offer the opportunity for overseas members to attend an interview via video conferencing if this is more convenient.

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 £1,745 +VAT.

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 (£250 for 2018–19).

Deadlines and timings

Key dates for July assessment

If you are already booked for assessment in July, these are the key dates you will need:

Panel interviews 3 and 4 July 2018                       
Result confirmed                    13 July 2018

Key dates for September assessment

Register online for CBE by 29 June 2018
Written application deadline 11 July 2018
Interview shortlist announced  14 August 2018
Panel interviews 18 and 19 September 2018         
Result confirmed 28 September 2018

Key dates for December assessment

Register online for CBE by 21 September 2018
Written application deadline 10 October 2018
Interview shortlist announced  5 November  2018
Panel interviews 5 and 6 December 2018              
Result confirmed           20 December 2018             

Register today

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

How to register for CBE

Questions? Call 020 7498 0101 or email

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