A CIA – or Certified Internal Auditor – is a position that allows an individual to blend their interest in quality assurance, information technology, internal audit practice, financial management, risk management, and fraud risks to assisting both for-profit and non-profit organizations in the public sector. Those looking to enter the internal audit profession can find career opportunities related to internal controls, internal audit functions, or become an audit executive. One huge upside to this credential is that it’s globally recognized – meaning you can use this credential worldwide.

Internal auditing requires a combination of work experience and education, but education requirements to attain this credential greatly vary and influence the amount of work experience necessary for a CIA candidate. Certification candidates with an Associate’s degree need 60 months of work experience. Those holding a Bachelor’s degree need 24 months of internal auditing experience, where those with a Master’s degree need just 12 months of internal auditing work experience. Regardless of where you fall in terms of the necessary eligibility requirements, you’ll need to take a three-part certification exam to secure your CIA designation.

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