Frequently Asked Questions
The exams are offered in a computer-based format at Pearson VUE’s approved testing centers throughout the world. There are over 500 exam locations available. To locate a testing center near you, visit the Pearson Vue website.
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
The IIA Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) allows you to submit application and exam registration forms online. Registration for an exam part is valid for 180 days from the date processed. Each registration allows you to sit for that exam one time.
No. The local certification process to sit for the CIA exam can vary by location. The information on this page applies to most candidates; but if you live in one of the following countries a different process may apply to you.
- Chinese Taiwan
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- South Africa
No. You may schedule each exam part separately, and in the order of your preference.
Candidates must complete the program certification process within four years of application approval.
Depending on experience, you should expect to invest between 130-180 hours of total study time.
Each exam is graded on a scale of 250-750. A passing score is 600 or above.
There is no limit to the number of times you can retake any of the CIA exams if you fail. Keep in mind, that you must wait at least 90 days before your next attempt of the same exam part.
The CIA application fee is $100 for IIA members. Exam registration fees of $250 for Part 1, $200 for Parts 2 and 3 for IIA members.
The IIA requires 40 hours of CPE each year for a practicing Certified Internal Auditor. 80 hours of CPE are awarded upon passing the exam, 40 hours for the year you become certified and 40 hours for the following year.