To qualify as a CIA , you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Hold a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree
- 2 years’ post- secondary education and 5 years’ relevant work experience
- 7 years’ relevant work experience (if you do not have a bachelor’s degree)
Part I: Internal audit basics
- IIA mandatory guidance
- Internal control and risk
- Tools and techniques for conducting the audit engagement
Part II: Internal audit practice
- Managing the internal audit function
- Managing Individual engagements
- Fraud risks and controls
Part III: Internal audit knowledge
- Risk management
- Organisational structure and business processes
- IT/business continuity
- Financial management
- Global business environment
The CIA exams are computer based and consist of 125 MCQs for level I and 100 each for levels II and III
The part I exam is 2.5 hours long and parts II and III are 2 hours each
The pass mark for the CIA exams is a scaled score of 600 for all three parts which equates to an approximate pass rate of 75% per part
How long does it take?
CIA examinations are offered all year round and how you choose to study for the CIA exam is very flexible so you can study at your own pace. Most candidates complete the programme within 9-12 months but you must ensure that you have 24 months of internal auditing experience. You can do this whilst you study or after taking and passing the exams.
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