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IIA Diploma - accelerated route

You may be eligible for the accelerated route if you hold a postgraduate qualification - in any subject - and you have been working in internal audit for the last three years.

This route could allow you to achieve the IIA Diploma in just 6 months. You will take just one exam, based on a case study, and submit your Professional Experience Journal.

The case study exam

The exam (P7 Internal Audit Practice Case Study) will assess your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical models underpinning internal audit practice, which are described in the IIA Diploma syllabus.

You will have to relate your knowledge and understanding to a case study, and you'll be expected to:

  • Explain the development of governance, risk and control 
  • Evaluate the role and purpose of internal audit and the contribution it makes to operational and strategic effectiveness
  • Analyse risks and controls, with particular emphasis on financial activity and information systems
  • Describe and apply the professional standards for internal audit as represented by the International Professional Practices Framework.

Learning support 

We offer a programme of workshops specifically for students taking the IIA Diploma -accelerated route. These are designed to help you with the case study and completing Professional Experience Journal (PEJ). 

Find out more 

Are you a qualified accountant?

If you hold a postgraduate qualification in accountancy you will almost certainly be eligible for the IIA Diploma - accelerated route.

You will also probably be eligible for exemptions when you go on to study the IIA Advanced Diploma, which leads to the CMIIA designation. You could complete that qualification in just two exams, making the route to Chartered Internal Auditor status just three exam papers in total.  

Register for the IIA Diploma - accelerated route

To study our qualifications, you need to be an IIA member. 

New to the IIA? Join as a student member

Existing IIA member? Register for the IIA Diploma


To check if you are eligible or to find out more, please call us on 020 7498 0101 or email