Internal auditors are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism and
objectivity in their duties to their clients and employers. The most trusted internal
auditors are those who have passed the Institute of Internal Auditors’
examination and become globally recognized Certified Internal Auditors.
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) recommends that internal auditors
interested in sitting for the exam take four steps to prepare for the examination
and possible certification. First, they must consider whether they need
specialized certifications. Those interested in sitting for a specialty examination
can then determine which specialty certification best suits their skills and goals
as an auditor. Specialties include Certification in Control Self-Assessment,
Certified Government Auditing Professional, Certified Financial Services Auditor,
and Certification in Risk Management Assurance.
Second, candidates should determine their eligibility for the tests they wish to
take, including requirements for educational and professional experience. They
can then test their skills using an online practice test to determine in which areas
they still need work. Third, candidates should register to sit for the exam at one of
the IIA’s 500 testing locations. Fourth, candidates should prepare for the
examination. The IIA recommends numerous third-party independent testing
resources on its website, www.na.theiia.org. Candidates are then equipped to
take the examination.
Details of the exam will vary based on chosen location and specialties.
Candidates who pass the examination and meet all educational and experience
requirements will receive their certification.
About the Author: Scott Scarborough has worked for many years in finance,
including spending the last nine years at DePaul University and the University of
Toledo in finance and administration roles. He currently serves as Executive
Director of The University of Toledo Medical Center.