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Do You Qualify To Be a CIA?

Posted on March 1, 2015 2:06 pm;

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Part 1: Measuring up for the CIA – How your academic background counts

Becoming a CIA requires certain educational and professional requirements to be met, but the good news is these requirements are flexible. Read on to see how your academic experience can help you measure up.

Are you a full time post-secondary university student?

Great. You can get started on your CIA journey in your final year. Here’s how.

Step 1 – Enroll in the CIA program and sit for the exams – this can be done even before you graduate.

Step 2-Once you’ve passed your CIA exams, you will need to gain two years of internal audit experience or its equivalent* to become certified. Your professional experience must be attested to by your former or current manager, or someone holding an active IIA Global Certification.

*Equivalent experience includes external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.

Do you have a master’s degree?

Great. Your master’s degree is considered a plus that reduces the amount of minimum professional experience you need to qualify to be a CIA. Here are your steps to qualify.

Step 1 – Enroll in the CIA program and sit for the exams.

Step 2 - Once you’ve passed your CIA exams, you will need to prove you have 12 months of internal audit experience or its equivalent*to become certified. Your professional experience must be attested to by your former or current manager, or someone holding an active IIA Global Certification.

*Equivalent experience includes external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.

Do you have 12 months of experience in a business related profession, such as accounting, law, or finance)?

Great. This can count toward your required professional experience to qualify for the CIA. Here’s how:

Step 1 – Enroll in the CIA program and sit for the exams.

Step 2-Once you’ve passed your CIA exams, you will need to gain 12 months of internal audit experience or its equivalent*to become certified, in addition to your existing 12 months of experience in a business related profession. Your professional experience must be attested to by your former or current manager, or someone holding an active IIA Global Certification.

*Equivalent experience includes external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.


Part 2: Measuring up for the CIA – How your professional background counts

Becoming a CIA requires certain educational and professional requirements to be met, but the good news is these requirements are flexible. Read on to see how your professional experience can help you measure up.

Do you have two years of post-secondary education and five years experience in internal auditing or its equivalent?

Great. Subject to approval, your combined experience should exempt you from the post-secondary education requirements for the CIA certification. All you need to do is:

Step 1 – Enroll in the CIA program and sit for the exams.

Step 2 - Once you’ve passed your CIA exams, your professional experience must be attested to by your former or current manager, or someone holding an active IIA Global Certification.

Do you have seven years of experience as an internal auditor?

Great. Subject to approval, your professional experience should exempt you from the post-secondary education requirements for the CIA certification. All you need to do is:

Step 1 – Enroll in the CIA program and sit for the exams.

Step 2-Once you’ve passed your CIA exams, your professional experience must be attested to by your former or current manager, or someone holding an active IIA Global Certification.

Find out whether you meet your CIA exam requirements with Morgan’s Instant Eligibility Advisor

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