CIA Challenge Exam

The CIA Challenge Exam is a fast-track route for qualified accountants to complete the highly respected Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualification. This route is available only to members of qualified accounting bodies and covers all areas of the CIA qualification (Parts 1, 2 and 3). It therefore includes content not currently covered by your local accounting exam. The CIA Challenge Exam is delivered by IIA Global.

Candidates doing the CIA Challenge Exam are required to sit one exam to earn the CIA designation.

In preparation for the exam, candidates are invited to book a CIA Challenge Exam masterclass with us, presented online and available across the world.

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What I will learn?

The CIA Challenge exam is primarily based on the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) and the International standards. The IPPF is a framework for internal auditors providing authoritative guidance on their work and the standards to be maintained. It is this IPPF that forms the cornerstone of trhe CIA syllabus.

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Preparing for the CIA Challenge exam

Our CIA masterclasses cover the full CIA Challenge Exam syllabus and are the best way to pass the CIA Challenge Exam. The masterclasses are delivered online and are designed to fully prepare you by reviewing challenging areas of the study material.

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Programme timeline

The CIA Challenge Exam application period will be June and September.

Once you have registered for the exam, you will have a 180-day window to schedule and sit your exam. If you apply in June, you can sit your exam either in August or November, and if you apply in September you have the opportunity to sit your exam in November or February 2023.


Candidates applying for the CIA Challenge Exam must be current members of one of the following qualified accounting bodies (former members and students are ineligible):

    • CPA license from any US State Board Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
    • Chartered Accountants Ireland Institute Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada)
    • CPA Australia Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
    • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
    • Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)
    • Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
    • Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
    • Registro Oficial de Auditores de Cuentas (ROAC)
    • Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA)
      South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

Timeline for June applications




June 2022

July 2022

August 2022

October 2022

November 2022

Timeline for September applications




September 2022

October 2022

November 2022

January 2023

February 2023


  • Membership fee: £203 / €245 
  • New member application fee: £137 / €165 
  • CIA Challenge exam application and study materials: $1,195
  • CIA Challenge exam Masterclass £715