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Why take the CIA?

Post Office

Going through the CIA exams helped me consolidate my knowledge of audit in general and I gained new knowledge in areas such as financial report controls and business process improvement.

It really helped me gain a broader view of internal audit governance, approach, methodology and internal control.  

Elena R. Nistor-Lustermans
Internal Audit Manager IT
Post Office

Certified Internal Auditor

Become a professionally qualified internal auditor, a CIA

The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a globally recognised certification that provides a firm foundation for a career in internal auditing. 

You’ll learn about all the theory, including the International Standards, and how to manage an internal audit project. The CIA also provides an introduction to internal control, risk, governance and technology.

Becoming a CIA will:

  • Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism
  • Distinguish you from your peers
  • Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry
  • Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement

You must be an IIA member to take the CIA in the UK or Ireland.

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Why become certified? 

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To register on the Certified Internal Auditor qualification you need to have a degree or meet one of the other eligibility criteria.

If you don't meet any of the criteria just yet, that still doesn't stop you from starting your CIA studies. You can take our tuition programme at any time and then register once you become eligible.

Achieving and maintaining the CIA designation

You have four years to complete the CIA – and that includes time that needs to elapse for you to meet the experience requirement. 

Internal auditors in the UK and Ireland must hold membership of the Chartered IIA to study for an IIA Global certification. Membership must be maintained in order to use the designation. 

CIAs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills through CPE (continuing professional education).

What you need to do to pass the CIA

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. 

Studying requires a time commitment of around 60–80 hours each for CIA parts 1 and 2, and 140–160 hours for CIA part 3.

View the exam syllabus  |  Read more about the exams

How to study for the CIA

All CIA students are given access to the CIA Learning system which comes with a set of study texts. Face-to-face tuition and exam workshops are also available to support you.

Read more about our study support   |   View fees and tuition costs


There are no exemptions available for the CIA. Unless you are an existing IIA Diploma student claiming credit, you will be required to sit all three exams regardless of your prior qualifications or experience.

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