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The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field. Since the program’s launch in 1973, it has opened up countless doors of opportunity for practitioners around the world as it communicates their ability to serve as a key player in their organization’s success. Candidates leave the program enriched with educational experience, applicable knowledge, and business tools that can deliver a positive impact in any organization or business environment.

The CIA credential can be your master key to professional success, opening doors for career opportunities and earning you increased credibility and respect within the profession and your organization.

Ultimately, the CIA designation will:

· Distinguish you from your peers.

· Demonstrate your proficiency with internal staff and external clients.

· Develop your knowledge of best practices in the industry.

· Demonstrate your proficiency and professionalism.

· Lay a foundation for continued improvement and advancement.

Earning the CIA designation is a valuable accomplishment and a professional advantage for auditors at all stages of their careers, including chief audit executives, audit managers, audit staff, risk management staff, and also students enrolled in an accounting or other business or financial degree program.

The CIA exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round at more than 500 locations worldwide. In Bulgaria there are two examination centers:

· IT Consulting & Education, 115 G, Tsarigradsko shose blvd., Business Center Magapark, fl.1, office 6, 1784 Sofia;

· SAN PRO LTD, 14, Hristo Samsarov Str., Parter, 9000 Varna.

Access CCMS and visit the Forms section to begin the CIA application process.

Requirements

CIA candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, and identification. Before a candidate application can be approved, ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.

Education

CIA candidates must hold a 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher) or its educational equivalent from an accredited university.

Acceptable Documents: Copy of your diploma.

Work Experience

Minimum of 2 years internal audit experience or its equivalent. A statement of the candidate’s work history must be attested to by the candidate’s former or current manager, or someone holding an active IIA Global Certification.

Equivalent experience means experience in audit/assessment disciplines including: external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control. Either a master’s degree or work experience in related business professions (such as accounting, law, or finance)can be substituted for 12 months of experience.

Acceptable Documents: Professional Experience Verification Form

Character Reference

Candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor.

Acceptable Documents: Character Reference Form

Proof of Identification

Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or national identity card. These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted.

Eligibility Period

Effective November 2010, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.

Confidentiality

The CIA exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorized disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.

Code of Ethics

CIA candidates agree to abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Upon certification, CIAs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments by satisfying CPE requirements.

CIA 2013 Exam Syllabus

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 from the IPPF; 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 include 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.

Access CCMS and visit the Complete a Form section to begin the practice test experience.

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