Certified Internal Auditor is a globally-recognised qualification that provides a firm foundation for a career in internal auditing. When you study the CIA you’ll learn about internal audit theory and the core frameworks, including the International Standards, and how to plan and perform an internal audit engagement. You will also be introduced to the concepts of internal control, risk, governance and technology.
Becoming a CIA will:
You must be a member to take the CIA in the UK or Ireland.
If you have an undergraduate degree or higher you can register on the CIA right away.
If you have 3 A-Levels between grades A–C you will need one year of experience in internal audit to be eligible to enrol.
If you don’t meet either of the above requirements, you will need four or more years’ experience in internal audit and proof of having completed compulsory education.
Providing proof of education is required for all CIA candidates. If you have lost your school certificates you will need to organise replacements.
If you are a year or less away from meeting the eligibility requirements you can join us as Student member now and begin your studies via our tuition programme. You can then register for the CIA once you become eligible.
To become a CIA there are three multiple-choice exams to pass, which you can take at over 100 Pearson Vue centres in the UK and Ireland.
All CIA students are given access to the CIA Learning system, which includes digital copies of the text books. Face-to-face exam workshops are also available to support you.
Most students complete the CIA in 12–18 months. The maximum time allowed is three years – that includes the time that needs to elapse for you meet the experience requirement.
Studying requires a time commitment of around 50–80 hours each of the three CIA Parts. That’s equivalent to about five hours per week for a year to complete all three.
Membership of the Chartered IIA must be maintained in order to use the CIA designation, and CIAs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills through continuing professional education (CPE).
There are no exemptions available for the CIA. You will be required to sit all three exams regardless of your prior qualifications or experience.