Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) eligibility requirements for ACCA members
We are delighted to partner with The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) to offer ACCA members two unique opportunities to gain CIA status.
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) status is a globally recognised mark of authority in internal auditing. You’ll be recognised and trusted in your field. And ready to take the next step into a new area of your career.
Pathway 1: The CIA Challenge Exam. ACCA members are eligible to take an expedited pathway to obtain the CIA designation. Traditional the CIA is a 3-part program; however, with specific applications windows as listed below, ACCA members are eligible to take a one-part examination.
Pathway 2: For the traditional 3-part program ACCA members are not required to submit proof of education or professional experience. Learn more below.
The IIA Challenge exam (Pathway 1)
The CIA Challenge Exam is a limited opportunity to earn the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation through an expedited – ‘fast track’ – process. Offered for a limited time each year, you’ll only need to pass one multiple choice exam to become a CIA, saving you time and money.
Important dates - applicants approved in April
- Application windows: April 2023
- Registration and exam scheduling: April 2023
- First attempt testing windows: June and August 2023
Important dates - applicants approved in September
- Application windows: September 2023
- Registration and exam scheduling: September 2023
- First attempt testing windows: November 2023 and February 2024
Exam retake dates
- Registration and exam scheduling: all year
- Retake test windows: November 2023
Important dates (Mainland China ONLY)
- Application window: September 2023
- Registration window: September 2023
- Scheduling window: 1-8 November 2023
- First attempt testing windows: for September - 3 December 2023 at 9am ICT only
Exam retake dates (Mainland China ONLY)
1-8 February 2023
1-8 May 2023
1–8 August 2023
1-8 November 2023
Retake test windows:
5 March 2023 – 9am ICT only
4 June 2023 – 9am ICT only
3 September 2023 – 9am ICT only
3 December 2023 – 9am ICT only
Education and Experience Exception (Pathway 2)
Your ACCA membership is recognised by The IIA as satisfying the education and professional experience requirements for the CIA program. Therefore, you are not required to submit proof of education or professional experience.
Candidates must be an active full member of ACCA, students are ineligible. A current letter of good standing is required from ACCA indicating full member status.
The IIA will verify ACCA membership when a member applies for the CIA program.
Once you have been approved into the program, you have three years to successfully complete all three CIA exam parts. You do not have to complete the exam parts in order. Learn more under the IIA supporting requirement exceptions.
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Meet the internal auditors
Richard Tan and Helen Li are ACCA members who have also completed the CIA exam.