How to pursue CIA in India – Certified Internal Auditor

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.

How to pursue CIA in India – Certified Internal Auditor

CIA Exam

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
+91 8655070751
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 40312674
Mumbai The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Bombay Chapter
209, 2nd floor, Sagar Avenue,
S.V road, Andheri West,
Mumbai – 400053
+91 22 67103351
Kolkata The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Calcutta Chapter
C/O 7B, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani (formerly Elgin Road),
Ground Floor,
Kolkata – 700020
+91 33 22832459
Delhi The Institute Of Internal Auditors, India – Delhi Chapter
Flat No. 1523-A, 15th Floor Devika Tower-6,
Nehru Place,
New Delhi – 110019
+91 11 46538628
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, 9840437699

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.

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11 thoughts on “How to pursue CIA in India – Certified Internal Auditor”

  1. Abdul Matin Baghban

    Hi, this is Matin I just wanted to know that if it’s mandatory to clear all three papers at the same time or we can clear each part at different dates.

  2. Hi….I have completed and and I am interested in CIA exam so I can or not? . And any experience requirement ?

  3. Hi , this is SHAREEF . I have completed mba- finance and postgraduate in accounts and finance.. I am willing to do cia course , could u plz tell how to register and fee details for 3 parts

  4. Hi this is SHAREEF, I have completed mba- Finance and post graduate program in accounts and finance from niit. Can u tell me the duration of this course and job opportunities in arab countries.

  5. Hai
    I have done my MBA in Finance and working as an internal audit associate .
    1) If i do CIA will it gives any value addition to my carrier?
    2)I am having a plan of going to abroad (mostly USA) if i go like that will it help for my employment over there?

    1. Hi murlidhar,
      I am looking forward to join as an internal auditor i hav completed my ca ibtern can uhelpme in suggesting names of co eho hires internal auditors
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  6. Hi, this is GaneshMandela,, I completed Mcom and pursuing CA ( ipcc) , CISA, I’m interested in internal audits, so I planned to do CIA,, am I eligible to do CIA r not,, once I complete CIA and CISA ie it possible to get any good opportunitlies in big firm and MNC’s in abroad

  7. Hi Thanks for the wonderful info. However, this article didn’t mention about the exemption from any of the papers of CIA exam , to those who have completed the CA exam in India. Kindly let us know even that part and the article will seem complete then 🙂

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