Members of one of the qualified accounting bodies, can take advantage of this rare opportunity to earn the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation through an expedited process and join the more than 170,000 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 is a condensed examination that consists of one examination with 150 objective type questions.
Yes; we expect it to be held every year.
The CIA Challenge Exam is conducted by the IIA Inc.
Candidates who are active members of one of the qualified accounting bodies are eligible. Former members and students are ineligible.
You can only take the Challenge Exam if you are an active member of one of the 17 qualified accounting bodies.
You will need to provide the following evidence of your active membership; a scanned copy of the CA certificate and a screen shot of the public registry (“trace a member”) indicating your membership with the qualified accounting body is still active.
No, only candidates from one of the 17 qualified accounting bodies may enroll in the CIA Challenge Exam. However, you may enroll in the traditional 3-part CIA program. Please refer to the CIA program eligibility requirements in the IIA India website or by clicking here.
Candidates who are currently enrolled in the CIA traditional 3-parts program can take the CIA Challenge exam. However, fees already paid for the 3-parts program are non-refundable / nor transferable. Therefore, candidates have to apply and register separately to take the CIA Challenge exam. Please open a new case in your CCMS profile to request inactivation of the 3-parts CIA program to enroll in the challenge exam.
You will be required to upload and present a valid government-issued ID – matching
the name on your ID with the name on your web account profile and in your
appointment confirmation email. Please ensure that you possess a valid ID at the
time of taking your exam.
Acceptable forms of identification for those residing in India include; Aadhaar card, Indian Passport and Driver's license (only smart card). They must be presented in original at the time of exams and must be in English.
Kindly go through the following links
IIA India: (For IIA Members residing in India)
|EXAM||Fee (in US $) -Resident iN India|
|IIA India Members||IIA Non-members|
|CIA Challenge exam||896.25||1,545.00|
Fees must be paid in full as per the table above. These are special prices applicable to IIA members residing in India. Fee includes CIA Challenge exam application fee, CIA challenge exam registration fee and exam preparation package.
No refunds, in part or whole, will be provided to candidates once the application for CIA Challenge exam is submitted.
As part of the application bundle, candidates will receive a digital copy of the customized CIA Learning System from IIA Global. This has a bank of 1000 questions (150 earlier).
Candidates will also be provided links to trainings conducted by Singapore trainer in May 20 21. Refer Slide No.21.
Gleim has provided special rates to challenge candidates from India. Candidates are welcome to pay the discounted fees of US$ 50 for 60 days access to the Gleim data bank of 3000 questions. Links for access to Gleim is given below:
There are training providers for the regular CIA 3-part examination. Candidates may contact them although the customized CIA Learning System should be adequate.
Once approved into the program, candidates will receive the email invitation for the CIA Learning System Study Guide within seven 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 email@example.com in inquire further. The IPPF can be accessed here.
Kindly go through the link / embedded pdf below:
Candidates may also refer to the orientation training conducted in April 2021. The link
for the same is as follows:
Yes, you can download the material:
Please follow the instructions below to download The IIA’s CIA Learning System
e-book if you do not have an iPad or Android device:
Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 will allow you to view and read your ePub file on your computer. As part of the license agreement, the materials may NOT be printed or shared. They may only be downloaded one time and only used by the candidate who was issued the initial access.
Note: please use Version 3.0 of Adobe Digital Editions. There have been numerous issues reported when learners try to use other versions.
Candidates must obtain a score of 600 or higher (out of 750) to pass the examination.
After your program and examination are reviewed you will obtain your CIA designation. This usually occurs within 7 business days after successfully passing the examination.
|Application & Exam Registration||Aug–Sep, 2021|
|First Test Window||Nov 2021 & Jan 2022|
|Retake Window||After gap of 60 days|
* Additional windows will be announced in 2022.
Yes, you may find your local testing center by going to www.pearsonvue.com/iia/ and
select “Find a test center”. After approved into the program and scheduling your
examination the system will show the calendar of open available appointments.
Candidates are advised to check seat availability in a location of their choice well in advance.
You can access your score report approximately 24 hours after your exam by going to your CCMS profile and clicking Access PearsonVUE > view score reports.
Yes. IIA India can raise invoices on entities which offer registrations for 10 or more applicants for the challenge exam. GST would be charged in addition, so it is cost effective if input credit can be availed by the organization.
IIA India can also consider aggregating individual applicants who are comfortable with payment of Challenge exam fee with GST. Actions needed are as follows:
No. CIA is not an open book exam. Books / Study Material CANNOT be referred during the exams.
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Several institutions offer financing options to individuals, especially qualified professionals.
Interested candidates may approach any one of them.
Bank of Baroda (BOB) has extended special terms to IIA members. Copy of their circular to the branches is attached. Interested members may contact their branches. Members can avail unsecured personal loan (not exceeding the course cost) up to Rs 1.5 lacs, repayable in 4 years, at an interest between 10.1 – 14.1%, depending upon their CIBIL score & BOB relationship.
Candidates should note that:
IIA India has conducted an awareness session for all registrants for the Challenge exam in April 2021 as well as trainings for the challenge exam in May 2021. Links to these sessions are as below:
IIA India recommends that all candidates prepare very thoroughly for the Challenge to ensure that they clear at the first attempt since retakes are expensive.