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Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Exam

The Certified Internal Auditor Certification is a globally recognized designation. It demonstrates competence and proficiency and is extremely valuable for professionals pursuing a career in internal auditing.

The Center for Internal Auditing program provides valuable preparation for the Certified Internal Auditor Exam administered by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The LSUCIA program is taught by the LSUCIA staff.  Hundreds of students who completed the LSUCIA program have earned their certifications, including 19 who have won the Student High Achievement Award for the highest student score internationally on the CIA exam. The educational experience and business tools acquired through the certification can be applied instantly in any industry and at any work place.

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Why become certified?

Proficiency and competence in governance, risk and control is becoming more and more important. All industries are increasing their focus towards these hot spots. Whether staying in internal auditing or choosing a different career, the CIA designation demonstrates commitment and professionalism in governance, risk, and controls. Additionally, the CIA designation is the only recognized certification for internal auditors. Any professional desiring to increase their salary, skill set, and career opportunities should complete the CIA exam.


The CIA certification is a computer based test that can be taken any day during the year. Candidates apply and register through the Access Certified Management System (CCMS) provided by the IIA. Once registration is processed and exam fees are paid an appointment can be scheduled at any Pearson testing center. The closest testing center from LSU is on Hilton Avenue off Corporate Boulevard.

Exam Structure & Content

The CIA exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of current internal auditing practices and understanding of internal audit issues, risks, and remedies. The exam is offered in three parts, each part consisting of multiple choice questions.

Part 1 – Internal Audit Basics (125 Questions)

Mandatory Guidance - (35-45%)
Internal Control / Risk - (25-35%)
Conducting Internal Audit Engagements – Audit Tools and Techniques - (25-35%)

Part 2 – Internal Audit Practice (100 Questions)

Managing the Internal Audit Function - (40-50%)
Managing Individual Engagements - (40-50%)
Fraud Risks and Controls - (5-15%)

Part 3 – internal Audit Knowledge Elements (100 Questions)

Governance / Business Ethics - (5-15%)
Risk Management - (10-20%)
Organizational Structure / Business Processes and Risks - (15-25%)
Communication - (5-10%)
Management / Leadership Principles - (10-20%)
IT/ Business Continuity - (15-25%)
Financial Management - (10-20%)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management Accounting

Global Business Environment - (0-10%)

Exam Fees

Full time students and professors are eligible for a discount on the study material and exam fees.


Students can take any part while still in college but have to achieve a bachelor degree or higher and 24 months of internal auditing work experience in order to become certified.

Study Material

The LSUCIA program is the best preparation for the exam. The course focuses on internal auditing knowledge, analytical skills, communication, behavioral skills, and the CIA exam preparation. 

Additional Certifications:

The LSUCIA Program has extended its certification coverage to include the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).



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