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Internal Audit Practitioner

The Internal Audit Practitioner program

To support students as well as new and rotational auditors on their journey into internal auditing, The IIA is pleased to announce the revised education and employment requirements of the Internal Audit Practitioner program. The Internal Audit Practitioner designation is a great way to demonstrate internal audit aptitude. Active Internal Audit Practitioners opens a new pathway to the Certified Internal Auditor®️ (CIA®️) designation, the only globally recognized certification for internal audit practitioners around the world.

  • Candidates will have two years to complete the Internal Audit Practitioner program from the date approved into the program. 
  • You may showcase this designation on your CV or resume for a three-year validity. 
  • No CPE is required and the designation is non-renewable after three years.

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Who should pursue Internal Audit Practitioner designation?


University Students

Enter the profession with the fundamental knowledge needed to begin contributing immediately.

Beginner Internal Auditors

Make a statement about your knowledge and aptitude as you progress through the CIA program.

Rotational Internal Auditors

Demonstrates your knowledge and aptitude of The IIA Standards.

Managers of Internal Audit Activities

Establish a common foundation of skills and knowledge related to internal audit best practices.


What is the Internal Audit Practitioner? 

The Internal Audit Practitioner designation demonstrates internal audit aptitude and foundational knowledge of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. Ideal for university students and beginner or rotational internal auditors, this designation opens a new pathway to the Certified Internal Auditor certification.

Is there an education requirement to enroll in the program?

The Internal Audit Practitioner application only requires you to upload proof of ID and complete the digital character reference through CCMS to be approved into the program. Education and experience are not required to enroll and complete the program.

I have applied to the program. How do I access the included study material?

Information on how to access your Internal Audit Practitioner study material is included in the program approval confirmation email from The IIA. This email includes your customized access code along with information on how to access the interactive exam preparation materials.

Why can't I submit CPEs for my internal audit practitioner designation?

The Internal Audit Practitioner is not a renewable certification. It is designed as a pathway into the Certified Internal Auditor program. As such, the designation will expire three years after it was earned.

Program Overview

  • 5 syllabus domains, each dealing with a set of IIA Standards
  • 2-hour examination
  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • Two years to complete the examinations once approved
  • Three years to designation validity after passing
  • Three years to enroll in the CIA
  • One Hundred Self-Study Practice Questions Included with approved application

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