Become a Certified Internal Auditor

As the only globally recognized certification for internal auditors, The Institute for Internal Auditors' (IIA) Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation communicates your knowledge, skills and competencies to perform an internal audit anywhere in the world. This 100% online course will prepare you to manage internal audits in alignment with IIA's International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards). Upon successful completion, you will be prepared to take and pass the applicable CIA exams, especially Sections 1, 2 and 3.

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Certified Internal Auditor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Are the Duties of a Certified Internal Auditor?

Internal auditors are considered accounting professionals who help assure that organizations provide accurate and transparent financial reporting and guidance. They help set and manage an organization's financial and process controls including operating procedures, risk management and financial management reporting. Internal auditors make up the front line of an organization's defense against fraud and theft.

What Job Titles Are Associated With Certified Internal Auditor Positions?

Job titles for Certified Internal Auditors generally reflect their responsibility to audit, review and frame reporting and operating processes within an organization. Some job titles may include:

  • Auditor
  • Auditing Specialist
  • Risk Assessment Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Internal Controls Auditor
  • Information Systems Auditor

Is Certification Important for Internal Auditors?

According to the IIA, Certified Internal Auditors earn, on average, $38,000 per year more than their non-certified peers. In addition, IIA data indicates that the CIA designation communicates to employers, work teams and industry peers that you are:

  • Credible and trustworthy as an internal auditor.
  • An expert who can apply the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
  • A highly competent professional who understands the principles and applications of organizational governance.
  • Committed to the internal auditing professional.
  • Equipped for career-advancing opportunities.

Course Objectives

  • Master the foundations of an internal auditor
  • Apply internal audit best practices to your daily work routine
  • Reduce financial risk for employers
  • Develop exam time management and pacing
  • Prepare yourself to work as an internal auditor or risk manager
  • Develop the skills needed to pass various CIA exams, including parts 1, 2, and 3

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Prerequisites and Requirements

This Certified Internal Auditor course is specifically designed to help individuals with prior internal auditing knowledge prepare for the CIA exam. CIA candidates must meet the 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 IIAs Certification staff. Review eligibility requirements.


Internal Audit Basics Part I

Explore mandatory guidance including the definition of internal auditing, ethics, and international standards.

Internal Audit Basics Part II

Learn about internal control, risk, conducting internal audit engagements, and audit tools and techniques.

Internal Audit Practice Part I

Understand how to manage the internal audit function and manage individual engagements.

Internal Audit Practice Part II

Master an understanding of fraud risks and controls.

Internal Audit Knowledge Elements Part I

Study governance, business ethics, risk management, organizational structure, business processes, and communication.

Internal Audit Knowledge Elements Part II

Explore management, leadership principles, IT, business continuity, financial management, and global business environments.


This fully online course is not instructor-facilitated. However, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.

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