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CIA Challenge Exam

CIA Challenge Exam – Qualified Accounting Bodies

As the active CPA or CA holder from one of the qualified accounting bodies, you can take advantage of this rare opportunity to earn the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation through an expedited process and join the more than 165,000 CIAs who have achieved this highly respected global certification. The challenge exam will include CIA content not already covered by your local accounting exam. In offering the challenge exam, The IIA continues to demonstrate the uniqueness of internal auditing as a profession and strengthens its strategic partnership with accounting bodies around the world.

For more information about the CIA Challenge Exam and how to apply, please visit:  https://global.theiia.org/certification/challenge-exams/Pages/QAB-CIA-Challenge-Exam.aspx

Apply Today for This One-time CIA Challenge Exam Opportunity

By earning the CIA designation, you will join an elite group of individuals who have experienced global professional growth and upward mobility. Adding the CIA credential to your resume will elevate you among your peers and demonstrate that you are:

• A credible and trusted internal auditor
• A stronger, more competent professional who is knowledgeable in organizational governance
• Equipped for career-advancing opportunities

Candidates who reside in the United Kingdom/Republic of Ireland or South Africa must be IIA members to partake in the challenge exam. They should reach out to the local IIA affiliate to process membership prior to enrolling. The CIA Challenge exam program is not available to candidates in mainland China.

CIA Challenge Exam Package

In addition to saving time, the CIA Challenge Exam offers significant financial savings. The CIA Challenge Exam bundle, priced at $1,195 USD for IIA members and $1,545 USD for non-IIA members, includes:

  • • CIA Challenge Exam application fee
  • • CIA Challenge Exam registration fee
  • • CIA Challenge Exam Study Guide for Qualified CAs / CPAs and practice questions included within the customized CIA Learning System
  • • Access to the Standards to help you prepare for the exam
Please visit https://theiiahk.org/membership.aspx?id=8 for IIA Hong Kong membership information.  All fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

The price for the retake exam is $795 USD for IIA members and $945 USD for non-IIA members.

IMPORTANT:   In order to enjoy the preferential exam fees (up to USD500 discount for IIA members), you must have obtained your IIA membership status before applying for CIA challenge exam via CCMS.  

Prepare for the Challenge Exam

The IIA’s CIA Challenge Exam Study Guide for Qualified CAs / CPAs combines online reading materials and study tools to teach and reinforce the CIA challenge exam syllabus in a flexible, on-demand format. All CIA challenge exam candidates will enjoy:

  • • A fully online learning experience allowing them to study whenever they have a few spare minutes.
  • • Comprehensive online reading materials and downloadable e-reader files.
  • • 1,000 practice exam questions to test their comprehension and ability to apply concepts. *Please note these practice questions are developed independently of the IIA Global Certifications department and based on the publically listed syllabi.
  • • A glossary of terms.
  • • A video tutorial providing an overview of the IPPF components.
  • • Access to these online study tools for one year.

Once approved into the program, candidates will receive the email invitation for the CIA Learning System within 7 days from The IIA’s CIA Distribution Center with the subject line, “Action Required - Your IIA Online Access”. Candidates will need to activate the CIA Learning System separately. For questions or assistance with the CIA Learning System please reach out to customercare@learncia.com in inquire further. The IPPF can be accessed here.

Supplemental Exam Prep

Review the topics covered by The IIA’s CIA Challenge Exam for Qualified CPAs and CAs with a customized course that provides an overview of the standards of internal audit. The course is available in English only and delivered through on-demand video segments that are broken into three modules totaling approximately 14 hours of time, allowing candidates the flexibility to study on their own personal schedules. Find out more.


Who Is Eligible?

Candidates must be an active CPA or CA from of one of the following qualified accounting bodies; students are ineligible:

  • CPA license from any US State Board
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland Institute
  • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada)
  • CPA Australia
  • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA Ireland)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)
  • Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
  • Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
  • Registro Oficial de Auditores de Cuentas (ROAC)
  • Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA)
  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

IMPORTANT: Please contact your local accounting body to obtain a letter of good standing prior to submitting an application. This document or current licensure must be provided to complete the application process.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Program Timeline for applicants approved in August & October 2021

  • • Application Window: August - 10 October 2021
  • • Registration: August through 10 October 2021
  • • Scheduling: August through January 2022
  • • First Attempt Testing Windows: November 2021 Or January 2022

Program Timeline for retake examinations

  • • Registration & Scheduling: All year
  • • Re-take Test Windows: November 2021, January 2022, April 2022, July 2022, and November 2022

You have 180 days to register, schedule and sit for the examination after application approval. The examination is only offered in the testing windows as listed above. The first exam registration is included in the application bundled price. Retake examinations are available for an additional fee. There is no maximum number of times candidates may retake the examination within the three-year program window.

The exam is:
• Comprised of 150 multiple choice questions based on the syllabi.
• Expected to take at least three hours to complete.
• Offered in English only.
• Based off scaled scoring and a passing score of 600 is required out of 750 points.
• Developed following best practices with the support of experts and professionals. Learn more about the exam development process and how exams are scored.​ 

The CIA Challenge Exam (delivered via online testing or at a testing center)

Application Steps

  1. Create a profile or log into the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS).
  2. Select “Apply for Certified Internal Auditor.”
  3. Select “CIA Challenge Program for Qualified Chartered Accountants and Certified Public Accountants.”
  4. After the payment screen, you must upload a letter of good standing from the qualified accounting body and a government-issued ID. You must also complete the electronic character reference. Once approved into the program, you may register and schedule your examination.
  5. To register and schedule your exam, select “Manage my program > CIA > Register.”

Exam Registration and Scheduling

  1. Once approved into the program, access your CCMS account and select “Manage My Program” to register your exam with PearsonVUE. Upon completing the registration process select “Access PearsonVUE” from the main menu bar and follow the onscreen instructions for scheduling your appointment. During the scheduling process you will have the option to take your exam via online testing or at a testing center.​
  2. Schedule your examination for the testing window. You will have the option to take your exam via online testing or at a testing center. To find the nearest testing center, visit the Pearson VUE page and select “Find a test center.” Learn more about online testing.

Accessing Score Reports


Approximately 24 hours after you have completed your exam, you will receive a system-generated email notifying you that your exam score is available. You may also check your score online by logging into your CCMS profile and selecting “Access Pearson VUE,” then selecting “View Score Reports.”