Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) is a certification offered to accountants who conduct internal audits. The Certified Internal Auditor designation is conferred by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and is the only such credential that is accepted worldwide.
Accountants seeking the CIA certification are required to get a bachelor’s degree and have no less than two years of work experience in a field related to internal auditing, such as internal control, compliance and quality assurance. Candidates for the designation usually study 100 to 150 hours for the credentialing exams and provide a letter supporting the candidate's character. If you become a CIA, you will also have to meet continuing education (CE) requirements of 40 hours per year to maintain certification.