Certified Internal Auditor

Your Key to Professional Opportunities

Why should you choose this course?

It’s not just about the numbers! As a CIA working in internal audit you’ll be engaged in all aspects of an organization giving valuable input to the board of directors. Most CIAs don’t come from an accounting background either – they could be former engineers, marketers, or even IT specialists.

What are the benefits of becoming a CIA?

It puts you in high demand and gives you a career of opportunities that sets you apart from the crowd. Read on to find out just what makes the CIA so highly desirable in the workplace.

Put yourself in the top five careers.

High demand is making CIA salaries rise.

Travel is just one of the perks.

Employers want to keep you happy.

A credential that’s one of its kind.

The experience of earning your CIA designation puts you up closer with industry best practices, and gives you the skills and knowledge that will earn you credibility with your peers and clients.

As a CIA you will get to know the organization you work for from inside out and that gives you the kind of insight that is valuable.

Right now there are not enough CIAs out there to fill the demand. It’s an unprecedented situation, but the even better news is that the demand is set to rise.

How much time do I need to study?

There isn’t one “right” answer to this question. Our Study Plans provide guidelines for how much to study in terms of weeks, assuming that you study 8-10 hours per week and have a basic background in Accounting. Depending on your personal and professional obligations, and your previous experience with the exam topics, you can easily adjust these plans to be shorter or longer. For example, if you are highly motivated, have a lot of free time, and have previous exposure to the exam topics, you may be able to pass one exam every 8 weeks. If you have limited study time, and are not familiar with many of the exam topics, you may need to study 3-6 months per Part.

CIA exam topics

Candidates will be allowed two hours and 45 minutes of test time. The testing session for the CIA exam will be three hours per part. This allows enough time for a tutorial prior to the start of the exam and a survey at the completion of the exam.

Part 1

Essentials of Internal Auditing

    • 125 questions
    • 2.5 hours (150 minutes)
    • Six domains covering:
      • The foundation of internal auditing
      • Independence and objectivity
      • Proficiency and due professional care
      • Quality assurance and improvement programs
      • Governance, risk management, and control
      • Fraud risk

Part 2

Practice of Internal Auditing

    • 100 questions
    • 2.0 hours (120 minutes)
    • Four domains covering:
      • Managing the internal audit activity
      • Planning the engagement
      • Performing the engagement
      • Communicating engagement results and monitoring progress

Part 3

Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing

    • 100 questions
    • 2.0 hours (120 minutes)
    • Four domains covering:
      • Business acumen
      • Information security
      • Information technology
      • Financial management

When will the exams be offered?

The CIA exams are available all year long at Pearson VUE test center. Schedules vary and may change often; however, most are open five or six days per week during normal business hours (based on local conditions) throughout the year. You are encouraged to schedule your exam as soon as possible. The earlier you schedule, the better your chances of reserving a date, time, and location that is convenient for you. 

In Palestine, the Pearson VUE testing center is located at Bethlehem University premises. Exams are available there every other Saturday.

Walk-ins are not accepted; you must have a scheduled appointment to sit for an exam.

Getting Certified as a CIA

Proof of experience is an exit requirement of the certification program. You may complete the experience verification any time after your application has been approved, but once you pass the required exams, your experience must be verified for you to become certified.

Eligibility Requirements for Non-USA Citizens

CIA candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, and identification.

  • Education: Candidates must hold an Associate’s degree or higher to be approved into the CIA  Certification program.
  • High morale: Candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate’s supervisor.
  • Experience: Candidates may apply to the certification program and sit for exams prior to obtaining the required work experience. However, candidates will not be certified until the experience requirement is met within the program eligibility period.
  • Proof of identification: Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or national identity card.

Are you ready?

Contact us today to learn more what is the next step to become a certified CIA.