CPE for CIA and QIAL holders

If you hold an IIA Global qualification, then you must report your CPE to IIA Global each year. Certified individuals can report their CPE credits in the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) at any time. However, the reporting deadline is 31 December each year.


Annual reporting requirements

Annual reporting requirements vary depending on whether you are practicing (actively performing internal audit or related activities), non-practicing (not actively performing internal audit or related activities), or retired (no longer in the workforce).

Status

CPE hours for CIA

CPE hours for QIAL

Practicing

40

20

Nonpracticing

20

10

Retired

0

0

Members who hold both CIA and QIAL need only report 40 or 20 hours, depending on their status.

Retired professionals are exempt from all reporting requirements as long as they remain retired. If you are retired, you will need to submit a support case through the CCMS requesting a status change.  


Reporting fee

At the point of reporting on the CCMS, members will be required to pay a fee of $30 per designation to IIA Global.

Retired members do not pay an annual fee.


Newly certified or qualified?

New CIAs are awarded 40 CPE hours for the year in which the exam is passed, and a further 40 for the subsequent year. This means new CIAs don’t have to report CPE to IIA Global for two years.

New QIALs are awarded 40 CPE hours (20 for the year in which the exam is passed, and a further 20 for the subsequent year).

New CIAs don't have to report CPE for two years.


Eligible CPE activities

We encourage members to keep a record of their CPE throughout the year, as this will help make it more manageable.

One of the most common ways certified individuals earn CPE hours is by completing educational programmes. Alongside completion of more formal qualifications and training courses, this can include attendance at seminars and conferences, formal in-house training programmes, and self-study programmes.

In order to encourage breadth in activity undertaken, IIA Global has set guidance on the maximum points which can be reported for different activities. Full details can be found in IIA Global’s CPE policy, but the table below shows this at a glance.

Activity

Maximum hours that can be reported

CIA

QIAL

Training course, in-house training, seminars, conferences, qualifications

 

40

20

Delivering presentations

 

25

10

External Quality Assessments

 

20

10

Participating as a subject matter expert volunteer, for example serving as a committee member for a relevant professional body

 

20

10

Authoring or contributing to publications (for example books, articles or blogs)

 

25

10

Don’t forget - we recognise half CPE hours also.

Don’t worry - if you haven’t received a formal CPE certificate for the learning you’ve undertaken, IIA Global will accept a completed template as evidence.

Download our user-friendly CPE template (Word document)


Ethics training

All certified members are required to complete two CPE hours annually which are focused on the subject of ethics. The Chartered IIA has a number of online training courses which will enable you to meet this requirement.


On maternity leave or taking a career break?

If you have taken maternity leave during the reporting period (up until 31 December) and you've worked for more than six months of the year, then you will be classed as a 'practising' internal auditor. As such, your CPE hours will be pro-rated, meaning you will be expected to do 3.33 hours for each month worked (40 divided by 12).

If you have worked for less than six months, then you will be classified as 'non-practising' and you can do 1.66 hours per month (20 divided by 12).

If you are unemployed or are taking a career break at the point of reporting your CPE, then you will be classed as 'non practising', which means you need to report 20 hours.


Annual CPE audit

IIA Global annual conduct an audit of CPE reporting records. If you are selected for the audit, then you’ll be required to provide evidence/documentation of the CPE hours you’ve earned. If you fail to provide information by the stated deadline, you’ll automatically be moved to an inactive (grace period) status and may no longer claim that you are certified until such time that you are able to provide your CPE.


Questions?

For further details, please email cpe@iia.org.uk