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CIA Challenge Exam

CIA Challenge Exam – Qualified Accounting Bodies

As a member of 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.

The CIA Challenge Exam will be available in August 2020.

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

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
  • Customized electronic version of The IIA’s CIA Learning System®
  • Access to the International Professional Practices Framework and 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.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing their examination in November 2020 will have one additional opportunity to take the exam in January 2021. 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.  

Who Is Eligible?

Candidates must be current members of one of the following qualified accounting bodies; former members and students are ineligible:
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 Timeline and Additional Information

  • Application & Registration: 1 August to 30 September 2020
  • Schedule Window: 1 August to 29 November 2020
  • Testing Window: 1-30 November 2020
  • Retake Registration: 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021
  • Retake Schedule Window: 1 November to 27 February 2021
  • Retake testing window: 1-28 February 2021

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.

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

Application Steps

Candidates are required to complete the application, registration, and scheduling process from 1 August to 30 September 2020.
  • Create a profile or log into the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS).
  • Select “Apply for Certified Internal Auditor.”
  • Select “Accounting body challenge exam.”
  • 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.
  • To register and schedule your exam, select “Manage my program > CIA > Register.”

Exam Registration and Scheduling

Access your CCMS profile. Once approved into the program, you may select “Manage my program,” then select the examination on the left navigation bar and then select “Register” and/or “Schedule.”

Schedule your examination for the month of November 2020. 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.”

What Is Online Testing?

Online testing allows candidates to test using their own computer in their home, their office, or remotely in other acceptable locations. Visit the Pearson VUE online proctoring page for system requirements and additional information. Click the image below to watch a short video to learn more.   Visit https://global.theiia.org/certification/Pages/Certification-Online-Proctoring.aspx regarding how to schedule online testing, technology and equipment compatibility, and other FAQs for online testing.