CIA Frequently Asked Questions

The Certified Internal Auditor®, or CIA®, designation is a professional credential bestowed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). For more than 40 years, it has been recognized globally as the “gold standard” by which professionals demonstrate their comprehensive competence and professionalism in the internal auditing field.

There are many advantages to becoming a Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) but, above all, earning your CIA certification will open up a variety of opportunities for you within the internal auditing field.


Earning your CIA certification will:


  • Improve your internal auditing skills and knowledge.
  • Earn greater credibility and respect in your field.
  • Increase your earning potential by as much as 43%.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to your profession.

To earn CIA certification, you must complete the three-part CIA exam, meet the IIA’s eligibility and education requirements and pay all applicable CIA program and exam fees.


The three exam parts are:


Part 1: Internal Audit Basics

Part 2: Internal Audit Practice

Part 3: Internal Audit Knowledge Elements


Similar to other accounting designations such as the CPA and CMA, the CIA exam is 100% computerized. Candidates must take the exam in one of the 500+ Pearson VUE centers around the world. 


The CIA exam is offered in 16 languages, including: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Thai.

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.

For more details visit IIA website.

The CIA exam registration process is a simple, straightforward online process that’s managed via the IAA’s Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) at www.theiia.org


The CCMS allows you to monitor your certification progress, access exam scores, report the continuing professional education (CPE) credits, and access and print receipts for your exam.


After paying the application fee, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will allow you to log back in and complete the registration process and pay your exam fees.


After completing the application and paying your fees, you can then can schedule your CIA exam on the Pearson VUE website. You’ll be able to select a testing center and choose your preferred language for the CIA exam. You’ll then receive an appointment confirmation from Pearson.

There are no set CIA exam dates and a candidate can take the exam practically any time throughout the year. However, we recommend setting up your CIA exam dates in advance and giving yourself at least two or three months of study time before sitting for the exam. If you wish, you can also choose to take several parts of the exam on the same day, but we would recommend spacing out your CIA exam dates.

The CIA exam is offered in 16 languages, including: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), English, French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Thai.

You can see the exam result immediately on the screen upon completion of your exam session.

You should take minimum 600 point to pass the exam. This is equivalent to 75% success rate on average. All questions have the same weight. For example, in order to pass CIA Part 2, you should have 75 correct answers in the exam. In every exam, there could be some "non-scored" test where such questions can be used in CIA exams in the future.  Non-scored questions does not have any effect on your exam score.