Certified internal auditor or CIA is a course offered by USA based Institute of internal auditors. Certified internal auditor is a highly recognized course in the field of internal audit. The basic objective is to teach you different areas on how to manage internal control of an organization. If you want a career in internal audit then we recommend you to do CISA along with CIA.
Qualification to Join Certified Internal Auditor or CIA Course
The basic qualification required joining CIA or certified internal auditor course is graduation. You can also join after your CA or CWA or CS. Many professionals we have seen in India are taking up this course after passing out CA or CWA or CS as their post qualification course.
IIA also have two exceptions to the qualification requirements for joining CIA course. Here are these two exceptions.
The best part of certified internal auditor program or CIA is that exams are held in India and you are not required to travel all the way to USA for appearing exams like in the case of CPA.
With more than 500 locations worldwide, Institute of Internal Auditor or IIA gives you the flexibility of appearing in CIA exams from all over the world.
To appear for the CIA exams you are required to have the basic educational qualification or its equivalent from an approved college or institutions as discussed above.
After enrolling with IIA you can appear for the exam anytime during the year. There is no specific date or time to appear the exam. It’s a computer based online training where candidate has to answer online at a IIA authorized center.
Person is approved as an authorized center for conducting IIA exams. So you are required to inform them before about your timing of appearing the CIA exams.
There is a time frame for completion of the CIA course. You are required to complete the course within a time frame of 4 years from the date of your enrollment. If you are unable to do so then entire money paid towards the course will be forfeited.
Many candidates have misconception that they required to have 2 years prior experience before joining CIA. But actually to get the certification from IIA you would need 2 years of professional experience but you can appear for the exams prior to completing the experience requirements.
A candidate having master’s degree is required to have 1 year of experience instead of 2 years.
After completion of your experience, IIA will award you the certificate.
Exams are held at person centers across the world. Watch this video to know more.
CIA exam Centers in India
CIA has centers all over India, in almost all major cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai. Here is the list of details for each chapter;
|CIA Chapter||Address||Phone No.||Email ID|
|Bangalore||The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Bangalore Chapter
C/O Singhvi, Dev & Unni Trade center,
29/4, Race course road,
Bangalore – 560001
|Hyderabad||The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Hyderabad Chapter
C/O Deloitte Touche Thomatsu India Pvt. Ltd,
1-8-384 & 385, 3rd Floor, Gowra Grand,
S P Road, Begumpet,
Secunderabad – 500 003
|+91 40 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mumbai||The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Bombay Chapter
209, 2nd floor, Sagar Avenue,
S.V road, Andheri West,
Mumbai – 400053
|+91 22 email@example.com|
|Kolkata||The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Calcutta Chapter
C/O 7B, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani (formerly Elgin Road),
Kolkata – 700020
|+91 33 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Delhi||The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Delhi Chapter
Flat No. 1523-A, 15th Floor Devika Tower-6,
New Delhi – 110019
|+91 11 email@example.com|
|Chennai||The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Madras Chapter
C/O Flat No:7, Kailash Apartments,
3rd Floor, New No:9, Tiruvengadam Street,
West Mambalam, Chennai – 600033
|+91 9400057699, 9884716160, firstname.lastname@example.org|
CIA Course contents
CIA course has 3 parts having questions from each part to clear the exam.
|Parts||Exam Duration||No. Of Questions|
|Internal Audit Basics (Part I)||2.5 Hours||125|
|Internal Audit Practice (Part II)||2 Hours||100|
|Internal Audit Knowledge Elements (Part III)||2 Hours||100|
Job prospects after passing out CIA
With many MNC and big IT companies in India, job prospects for this course in enormous. But, as per the present situation we suggest you to take up this course as an addition to your professional degree like CA or CWA or CS as you will not be getting much scope if you only have CIA certification with graduation.
If you fulfill the required criteria and wants to enroll for the course then you can do so by registering online at IIA portal.