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Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®)

The Certified Internal Auditor® (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.

The CIA examination is authored, administered and accredited by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), an international professional association that is recognized worldwide as the Internal Audit profession’s leader in certification, education, research and technological guidance.

Florida Atlantic University is proud to offer a comprehensive instructor-led program based on the IIA’s CIA Learning System in partnership with the IIA and its Palm Beach County Chapter.

Florida Atlantic University’s CIA® program prepares qualified students for the CIA Certification from the IIA. The program follows the IIA’s recommended curriculum and is based on the CIA Learning System*.

*Course content reflects the general body of knowledge tested by The IIA CIA examination. Although The IIA recommends using The IIA CIA Learning System course as a tool for study of the CIA body of knowledge, this course of study can in no way guarantee or ensure an individual’s success on The IIA CIA certification exams.

CIA® Certification Examination

On July 1, 2013, The IIA will begin transitioning its English CIA exam from the current 4-part CIA exam to the new 3-part CIA exam*. The exam content has been updated, enhanced and realigned.

Below is a brief overview of the new structure and content:


  • Exam Time: 2.5 hours
  • Questions: 125
  • Topics:
    • IIA Mandatory Guidance
    • Internal Control
    • Risk Tools and Techniques for Conducting the Audit Engagement  


  • Exam Time: 2.0 hours
  • Questions: 100
  • Topics:
    • Managing the Internal Audit Function
    • Managing Individual Engagements
    • Fraud Risks and Controls  


  • Exam Time: 2.0 hours
  • Questions: 100
  • Topics:
    • Governance
    • Risk Management
    • Organizational Structure and Business Processes
    • Communication Leadership
    • IT/Business Continuity
    • Financial Management
    • Global Business Environment  

Program Format

FAU will begin supporting the 3-Part CIA Exam in Fall 2013 and using The NEW IIA’s CIA Learning System for the 3-part CIA exam (version 4.0). Our expert instructors will lead you through the entire global CIA exam syllabus in a structured and interactive environment to ensure you understand and can apply the critical CIA topics.

Instructional Method

  • Comprehensive,instructor-led program taught by auditing professionals
  • Traditional, live classroom instruction and includes the NEW IIA’s CIA Learning System for the 3-part CIA exam printed materials and interactive online review tools.
  • Courses incorporate in-class, online and independent study tools and activities.

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