Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)® Credential

Receive big rewards when you invest in your internal audit career.

  • As the only globally recognized internal audit certification, becoming a Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) is the optimum way to communicate knowledge, skills and competencies to effectively carry out professional responsibilities for any audit, anywhere.
  • Candidates complete the program enriched with educational experience, information and business tools that can be applied immediately in any organization or business environment.
  • According to the IIA’s 2017 compensation study, internal audit professionals holding the CIA credential earn an average of $38,000 more annually than those without a credential.

About the CIA® Credential

The internal audit function is an effective assurance and consulting function designed to evaluate and improve effective risk management, control and governance processes. Candidates seeking to earn the CIA credential must meet the eligibility requirements established by the Institute of Internal Auditors and pass an exam for each part of the program. The proctored computer-based exams are administered at PearsonVue testing centers worldwide. Exams may be taken in any order and at any time throughout the year. 

About the IIA’S CIA Learning System® Course Curriculum

Study materials used in this program include both print materials and online resources to help you prepare for the exams. Practice exams, video tutorials, quizzes, flashcards and other online resources will supplement your learning.


  • Stephen (Steve) Minder, CIA, CPA, CISA, CFE, CGMA, is CEO and managing director of YCN Group, LLC.
  • Arvin Floresca, CPA, CIA, CISA, CGMA, CRMA, is director, SOX Compliance and Accounting Policies, Anixter.


Expert guidance to help you achieve exam success.

NIU is one of an elite group of university partners licensed by the Institute of Internal Auditors® (IIA®) to offer the newly updated Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) review courses.

  • Course content is aligned with the updated 2019 Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) exams.
  • This program is offered in an intensive three-day format covering all three parts of the exam.
  • Affordable course fees include the new v6.0 IIA’s CIA Learning System print and online study materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break service.
  • NIU’s experienced and credentialed instructors bring a wealth of practical real world experience and examples to the classroom.
  • Classes incorporate a variety of interactive learning activities to reinforce key concepts.
  • Online practice exams prepare you for the exam day experience.
  • Exam study tips and tools enhance your preparation.
  • Learn and share experiences with peers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Receive an NIU certificate of completion and CPE credits upon successful completion of each course.

Course materials available in print and electronic format.

Course materials available in print and electronic format.

Illinois Veteran and Illinois National Guard Grant Programs

This program is not eligible for funding under the Illinois Veteran and Illinois National Guard grants. IVG and ING grants apply only to programs that assess tuition and mandatory fees. NIU Outreach is licensed to deliver this program by the sponsoring professional organization. The registration fee for this program is not based on tuition and fees. It includes course materials, licensing fees, catering services, and instructional costs not covered by the IVG/ING grants.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Funding

Illinois candidates in job transition may be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding to cover costs of this program.

In Partnership with The Institute of Internal Auditors

Certified Internal Auditor

The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism. Candidates complete the program enriched with educational experience, information, and business tools that can be applied immediately in organization and business environments.

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