Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a certification offered to accountants who conduct internal audits. The
Certified Internal Auditor designation is conferred by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and is the only
such credential that is accepted worldwide.
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA): Strengthen Your Core
The CIA journey begins with a focus on The IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal
Auditing (Standards) and aspects of mandatory guidance under the IPPF. The journey continues with a focus on
managing an internal audit project and culminates with concepts related to internal control, risk, governance, and
technology. The CIA is a 3-part process for establishing your foundational core and starting point for career growth
• Distinguish you from your peers.
• Demonstrate your proficiency with internal staff and external clients.
• Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry.
• Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism.
• Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement.
Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) Eligibility Requirements
Candidates in the CIA program agree to accept the conditions of the program, including eligibility
requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE), along with
other conditions enacted by The IIA’s Professional Certification Board (PCB).
CIA candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for
education, character, work experience, and identification. Before a candidate application can be approved,
ALL documentation (proof of education,
character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.
CIA candidates must hold a 3- or 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher). For further details, please refer
to the Certification Candidate Handbook.
• Copy of your degree or official transcripts (If your name has changed since you earned your degree, you
must also include your legal name change document.)
• Letter from university confirming degree
• Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level
• To build upon your internal auditing abilities
• To understand ISO 9001 standards and versions for conducting
• How to be a responsible lead auditor and team player
• To collect information and reconcile report without any errors
• How to survey and measure internal audits concerning policies
• Prepare end-results and conclusions
• Fully understand the scope of ISO 9001 standards.
Modules One: Introduction
• Basic terminologies and definitions of Quality Management Systems
• Requirements and purpose of ISO 9001:2015
• PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) concepts and methodology
• Quality Management Principles
Module 2: Internal Audit Structure
• Auditing types, procedures, and Planning
• Auditing techniques, effective decision-making process and corrective actions
• Phases of and audit
• Assessment of Audit reconciliation reports and documents
• Case studies and exercises to recognize gaps and errors
Module 3: Internal Auditor
• Roles, responsibilities and leadership skills of an internal auditor and their team members
• How to choose the best plan to assess a business audit
Module 4: Quality Control
• Evaluation of reports and write-ups
• Records and follow-ups
• Using correct procedures in reference to the 9001:2015 standard
• Mandatory Guidance (35-45%)
• Internal Control Risk (25-35%)
• Conducting Internal Audit Engagements Audit Tools
and Techniques (25-35%)
• Managing the Internal Audit Function (40-50%)
• Managing Individual Engagements (40-50%)
• Fraud Risk and Control (5-15%)
• Governance/ Business ethics (5-15%)
• Risk Management (10-20%)
• Organization Structure (15-25%)
• Communication (5-10%)
• Management Leadership Principles (10-15%)
• IT/Business Continuity (15-25%)
• Financial Management (10-20%)
• Global Business Environment (0-10%)