Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member of The IIA to take any of the certification exams or become certified? 

No. An individual does not have to be a member of The IIA to take the certification exams or to become certified. Membership requirements may differ in countries where the exams are administered through agreements with IIA institutes. Click here for a list of these countries. All candidates and certified individuals must, however, agree to abide by The IIA's Code of Ethics, and practicing internal auditors with an IIA certification must comply with The IIA's International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

How do I change from a practicing CIA, CCSA, CGAP, or CFSA status to a non-practicing status and vice versa? 

A CIA, CCSA, CGAP or CFSA who is not performing internal audit functions may request nonpracticing status by notifying the Certification Department in writing. Nonpracticing internal auditors with certifications must complete the required CPE hours to change their status to a practicing status.

What are the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) reporting requirements for CIAs, CCSAs, CGAPs, and CFSAs? 

The Board of Regents requires that after certification, CIAs, CCSAs, CGAPs, and CFSAs maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments in their area of certification through Continuing Professional Education (CPE). This is facilitated through a self-certification process with the completion of required CPE hours on a biennial basis. Go to for details.

Am I required to take/pass a specific number of parts for the CIA exam?

No, candidates may take/pass one exam part at a time or all three exam parts at once. However, a candidate will lose credit for any exam parts previously passed if the candidate does complete all three exams within a four-year period.

I want to attain the CIA certification, but I don' t have the two year' s internal auditing work experience. Can I still sit for the exam? 

Yes, you can sit for the exam prior to satisfying your experience requirement. However, you will not be certified until your work experience, and all other requirements, have been met.

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Certified Internal Auditor


The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism. Candidates complete the program enriched with educational experience, information, and business tools that can be applied immediately in organization and business environments.