Why Become Certified?

There are many reasons to earn an official IIA certification designation. Whether it’s the hallmark designation of internal audit — the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) designation — or one of our four specialty industry certifications, obtaining a certification is professionalism defined.

Earning your certification is like having a key to the vast world of opportunities the profession of internal auditing offers placed in the palm of your hand. It can open doors you did not even know existed, as the three or four letters that now follow your name will make one powerful statement about the expertise you bring to the table. Ultimately, becoming certified will:

  • Help you earn credibility and respect in your field.
  • Open more opportunities for advancement.
  • Increase your earning potential by as much as 40%.*
  • Prove your willingness to invest in your own development.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to your profession.
  • Improve your internal audit skills and knowledge.
  • Build confidence in your knowledge of the profession.

*According to The IIA’s 2012 Internal Audit Compensation Study (Study), the median salary of auditors who hold their CIA designation is as much as 40 percent higher than peers without the credential.


Certification Program Pass Rates

The IIA’s Professional Certifications Board (PCB) has approved publishing the certification pass rates for IIA global programs. The program pass rates indicated below are globally representative and will be updated on an annual basis.

PROGRAM2014 Pass Rate2015 Pass Rate

These are global pass rates. This means scores are reflective of all exams delivered in all countries, in all languages for exams delivered via computer based testing (CBT).

With The IIA’s certification programs, it is important to note that exams are scored and validated via a rigorous process involving 3rd party independent validation. The IIA uses a scaled scoring process which ensures that scores are comparable across test forms and over time. Exam scores reflect a candidate’s readiness at a point in time. A change in scores does not imply that the exam became more or less difficult, simply that individuals were more / less prepared.