CIA Certification Overview

The CIA certification is a great option for those who want to do well in the field of internal auditing. The CIA certification is known worldwide as a mark of excellence in this profession, with over 160,000 CIAs in different countries. Whether you want recognition in global job markets or to explore different career paths, the CIA certification helps you succeed.

CIA Certification: Opening Doors

The CIA certification isn’t just an achievement by itself; it’s a way to get other internal audit certifications too. It’s the first step for certifications like Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Qualified Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL). It also sets the foundation for people going into IT-focused paths, like the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification.

The Three Parts of the CIA Certification

The CIA certification has three parts, each focusing on different parts of internal auditing:

Part 1: Basics of Internal Auditing Part 1 gives you the basics of internal auditing. It covers important ideas like risk management, internal control, rules for internal auditors, and fraud risks. This part helps you understand the main principles of internal auditing.

Part 2: Doing Internal Auditing Part 2 shows how to use what you’ve learned in real situations. It teaches you skills to do good internal audits, manage them, and use best practices. If you want hands-on knowledge, this is the part for you.

Part 3: Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing Part 3 adds business knowledge to internal auditing. You’ll learn about cost accounting, business strategy, marketing, and pay special attention to risks in IT and information security.

How the Exam is Set Up

The CIA exam has three parts, and each part has different questions and time limits:

Part 1: Answer 125 questions in 2.5 hours

Part 2: Answer 100 questions in 2 hours

Part 3: Answer 100 questions in 2 hours

Passing Rates and What to Expect

Passing the CIA exam takes hard work and good preparation. You need around 75% to pass, but the exam’s difficulty and question importance affect your final score. The Institute of Internal Auditors tries to keep a similar number of people passing all around the world. So, you need to really understand the material and practice a lot to do well.

Facing the Challenge

Becoming a CIA is tough, as you can see from past pass rates:

2016: 40%

2017: 42%

2018: 43%

2019: 42%

These numbers show that the certification is hard to get. But don’t think of failed attempts as failures. Think of them as chances to get better at what you’re learning. Remember, you can take the CIA exam many times in three years, with at least 60 days between each try.

Conclusion: Strive for Excellence

The CIA certification opens doors in internal auditing. It needs dedication, good understanding, and regular effort. As you start this journey, remember that the CIA designation isn’t just a piece of paper – it shows you’re good at what you do and committed to internal audit.

So, if you’re ready to dive into internal auditing, use the basics you learn, the skills you practice, and the business knowledge from the CIA certification course. With hard work and focus, you can become a skilled CIA and make a difference in modern internal auditing.

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About the Author

Adrian Resag
Adrian is driven by a strong passion for internal audit, governance, risk management, IT & information systems auditing. His extensive experience includes leadership roles in financial services, banking, in the energy sector, and in consulting. He has been teaching at universities, companies and governmental organizations since 2005.


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