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What is the Certified Internal Auditor Certificate?

This certificate is the only globally accepted designation for internal auditors and the standard by which internal auditing professionals demonstrate their knowledge and competence to facilitate and manage today’s complex internal audit responsibilities.

What is the CIA program?

For many years, the program has reflected competence in the principles and practices of internal auditing. It offers expertise and deep knowledge of setting standards for operations.

The CIA program is composed of three parts:

Part 1 – Internal Audit Basics

125 questions | 2.5 hours (150 minutes)

The new CIA exam part 1 topics tested include aspects of mandatory guidance, such as the International Professional Practices Framework, internal control and risk concepts, as well as tools and techniques for conducting internal audit engagements. Note: All items in this section of the syllabus will be tested at the proficiency knowledge level unless otherwise indicated below.

Part 2 – Internal Audit Practice

100 questions | 2.0 hours (120 minutes)

The new CIA exam part 2 topics tested include managing the internal audit function via the strategic and operational role of internal audit and establishing a risk-based plan; the steps to manage individual engagements (planning, supervision, communicating results and monitoring outcomes); as well as fraud risks and controls. Note: All items in this section of the syllabus will be tested at the Proficiency knowledge level unless otherwise indicated below.

Part 3 – Internal Audit Knowledge Elements

100 questions | 2.0 hours (120 minutes)

The new
CIA exam part 3 topics tested includes: governance and business ethics; risk management; organizational structure, including business processes and risks communication; management and leadership principles; information technology and business continuity; financial management; and the global business environment. Note: All items in this section of the syllabus will be tested at the awareness knowledge level unless otherwise indicated below.

What do CIAs do?


  • Are viable resources for executive management and board of directors that help in accomplishing the overall goals of organizations
  • Boost their career opportunities and earn increased credibility and respect
  • Develop their knowledge of best practices in the industry
  • Broaden their knowledge on internal controls and other operational issues such as IT, finance and accounting
  • Demonstrate proficiency and professional ability to control and identify risks
  • Are equipped with the best ways for auditing professionals to communicate with today’s challenges
  • Lay the foundation for continued improvement and advancement

How can I become certified as a CIA? 

CIA candidates represent the elite members of the internal audit profession. Therefore, certain requirements should be fulfilled:

  • A bachelor’s degree or its educational equivalent from an accredited college-level institution
  • Personal reference from a qualified individual
  • Minimum of two years of internal auditing experience or an equivalent
  • Maintaining knowledge of current developments in internal auditing standards, procedures and techniques

What is the IIA?

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA, is a professional association of internal auditors involved in promoting professional growth and progress for the practice of internal auditing. It administers the CIA program, curriculum, exams and grading.

What is the CIA examination?

The CIA exam tests your knowledge of current internal auditing practices, risks and controls. The process of preparing for the exam will enhance your professional insight and strengthen your knowledge of the internal auditing profession. The CIA exam is offered in three parts, each consisting of 125 multiple choice questions.

What is the language of the examination?

The CIA exam is now offered in Arabic in addition to English, French, German and 14 other languages.

When is the CIA exam taken? 

The certification exam was made available all year round through computer-based testing.

Why should I join the CIA program at AUC?

  • A step-by step coaching approach
  • Highly selected and qualified instructors and professionals
  • Increase your chances of passing the exam through intensive practice
  • Confidence through exam simulation
  • Support and advice in IIA membership and exam application
  • Unsuccessful candidates may enroll again for free upon the fulfillment of accepted criteria
  • Joining the AUC community as a part-time instructor
  • Technical and advising assistance during office hours

What are the enrollment requirements for the CIA program?

  • Copy of the graduation certificate
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Copy of student ID

How much it will cost me to apply for the CIA program at AUC?

  • Part I: LE 8,500
  • Part II:  LE 8,500
  • part III:  LE 11,350
  • Registration Fees: LE 150
  • Fees include books

What are the registration fees for the CIA examination?

  • IIA Cairo Membership: $125 (annually)*
  • Application: $130 (paid only once)
  • Part I: : $280
  • Part II:  $230
  • Part III: $230
  • Exam registration is done through the Internet

*IIA Cairo members enjoy a discount on exam fees 

What special offers and discounts are available at AUC?

  • AUC and SCE: 5 percent
  • Group (three or more): 5 percent

Ref: August 2019
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