Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

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Become CIA in 12 months

About CIA Course

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is the only globally recognized professional qualification for internal auditors, awarded by the Institute of Internal Auditors. The program provides expertise in the Professional Practice Framework, organizational governance, and tools and techniques for risk and control evaluation. CIAs are capable of conducting audit engagements in adherence to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, applying the necessary business, IT, and management acumen for comprehensive audits.

Why CIA Course?

image 28 Globally Recognized

image 28$30,000 average salary in the USA and around 10 lakh's in India

image 28 Certification awarded by Institute of Internal Auditor – An International Professional Association acting as a recognized voice for Global CIA’s

image 28 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of internal auditors in the global market is projected to increase by 10% from 2020 to 2026.

image 28According to the IIA’s Internal Audit Compensation study, individuals holding the CIA Certification earn 40% more than those without the certification.

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CIA Course Subjects

Certified Internal Auditor Course Content

Essentials Of Internal Auditing
125 Questions / 150 Minutes

Foundation of Internal Auditing


Independence & Objectivity


Proficiency & Due Professional Care


Quality Assurance & Improvement Program


Governance, Risk Management & Control


Fraud Risk

Practice Of Internal Auditing
100 Questions / 120 Minutes

Managing the Internal Audit Activity


Planning the Engagement


Performing the Engagement


Commmunicating Engagement Results & Monitoring Progress

Business Knowledge Of Internal Auditing
100 Questions / 120 Minutes

Business Acumen


Information Security


Information Technology


Financial Management


Duration:120 Minutes per part

Exam Pattern=100% Objective with 100 MCQ's in each part

Passing Score:600 out of 750 points on each part

Exams could be taken in any order.

No negative marking

Exams in India and Abroad

CIA Course Eligibility, Duration and Exemptions

image 14 CIA candidates must meet the following entry and exit eligibility requirements to obtain the CIA designation. 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS (To Appear for Exams) ​EXIT REQUIREMENTS (For obtaining certification)
Education Valid Government Issued ID ​Character Reference Experience 3 Exams ​Experience
Master’s Degree (or equivalent) X X Exit Requirement X 1 year IA experience or equivalent**
Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) X X Exit Requirement X ​2 years IA experience or equivalent**
​Active Internal Audit Practitioner designation holder X X Exit Requirement X ​5 years IA experience of equivalent**
​​Other Education* X X 5 years IA experience or equivalent** X

Depending on the candidate's dedication and focus, it takes a minimum of 12 months to complete the CIA course.

Steps to CIA Certification


Complete all application requirements (proof of education, character reference, and identification). Submit all documentation within 90 days of receipt of payment. Receive program approval.

Prepare and pass all three exam parts. Complete exam process within three years.



Verify experience based on education level and get certified.

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120+ hours of Live online classroom training
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6500 Multiple Choice Questions
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CIA Career Opportunities

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image 28 Financial Controller

image 28 Quality Assurance Manager

image 28 Chief Internal Auditor

image 28 Chief Financial Officer

image 28 Internal Auditing Manager

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Placements after CIA course with VGLD


The CIA exam was revised in early 2019 to reflect the current practice of internal auditing, minimize duplication and overlap among the three exam parts, and clarify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that CIA candidates must possess to obtain certification. All three parts align with the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) and The IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.

Candidates have up to three years from the date of application approval to complete the program. On average, candidates complete the program in less than 18 Months.

Depending on education, experience, expertise in accounting and IT, as well as study method and reading comprehension, you should expect to invest around 130 hours of study time (Part 1 - 40 hours; Part 2 - 40 hours; Part 3 - 50 hours).

There is no wrong or right order. Candidates can take the exam parts in the order they wish.

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Each exam question that contributes to your score has been pretested to ensure statistical validity. Your raw score is calculated based on the number of questions answered correctly and is converted to a reporting scale ranging from 250 to 750 points. A score of 600 or higher is required to pass a CIA exam part.

Candidates receive an informal score report upon completion of the exam at the test center. The score is not final until validated by The IIA. You will be notified by email when your official score is available. This is typically within 24 to 48 hours after you complete your exam.

Yes, You have the option to reschedule your exam either through Pearson VUE’s online system or by reaching out to their customer service team. It's important to note that rescheduling comes with associated fees, and there are specific limits to consider.

CIA is a computer-based exam

Part 1 - 150 mins, 125 MCQs

Part 2 - 120 mins, 100 MCQs

Part 3 - 120 mins, 100 MCQs

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