CIA Exam Overview

Part I
Essentials of Internal Auditing

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Format: computer-based testing, 125 questions
  • Testing Windows: year-round
  • Topic Weights:
    • 15% Foundations of Internal Auditing 
    • 15% Independence & Objectivity
    • 18% Proficiency & Due Professional Care
    • 7% Quality Assurance & Improvement Program
    • 35% Governance, Risk Management & Control
    • 10% Fraud Risks
Part II
Practice of Internal Auditing

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Format: computer-based testing, 100 questions
  • Testing Windows: year-round
  • Topic Weights:
    • 20% Managing the Internal Audit Activity
    • 20% Planning the Engagement 
    • 40% Performing the Engagement 
    • 20% Communicating Engagement Results and Monitoring Progress


Part III
Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Format: computer-based testing, 100 questions
  • Testing Windows: year-round
  • Topic Weights:
    • 35% Business Acumen
    • 25% Information Security
    • 20% Information Technology 
    • 20% Financial Management





Exam Requirements

To earn the CIA credential, you need to pass all three parts of the CIA examination.

Find out more about each exam section and its key topics.

Education

Candidates must hold an Associate’s degree or higher

Experience

  • If you hold a Master’s Degree (or equivalent): 12 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent

  • If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent): 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent

  • If you hold an Associate’s Degree, A-Level Certificate (or equivalent): 60 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent 

Exam

  • Achieve a minimum score of 600 (out of 700) on the three-part exam administered by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

  • The IIA offers exams in many languages, get in touch to see which languages are currently available

License

  • Meet the education requirements

  • Pass the three-part exam

  • Submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate’s supervisor

  • Meet the experience requirements

  • Abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA

Find out if you meet these requirements.