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CIA exam news can come at any time. Stay up-to-date on all the latest updates for the CIA exam, and learn what the headlines mean for CIA candidates.

Updated: March 17, 2020

Pearson VUE Releases Special Notice about Cornonavirus

As an international exam, CIA candidates need to be aware of the impact the virus will have on their exam schedule. Pearson VUE test centers continue to monitor COVID-19 and are focusing on the health and safety of testing candidates and employees. We will keep candidates updated as Pearson VUE and The IIA release information.

Updates about Pearson VUE test centers

At company-owned test centers, Pearson VUE continues to operate unless candidates are otherwise notified that their exam is canceled.

Certain governments are issuing mandates that may change exam plans, and third-party owned test centers may have limited or changed capacity.

If you have an exam scheduled, check your email regularly for updates. If you are looking to schedule your exam, you may need to broaden your search to find available testing dates and centers.

Test center policies

For updated information on test center closures, check the Pearson VUE page about the Coronavirus regularly. If you need to reschedule or cancel your exam, contact Pearson VUE. Coronavirus is affecting test centers in the following areas:

Closed Test Centers

  • Mainland China
    • Suspended until the government determines it is safe. Testing is currently postponed until April 1.
  • Denmark
    • Suspended through March 30 and no new registrations will be accepted.
  • France, Germany, Greece, Philippines, Spain
    • Suspended until the government determines it is safe.
  • Italy
    • Suspended and no new registrations will be accepted.
  • United States and Canada
    • Pearson VUE owned test centers will be closed until April 16. Candidates can reschedule for that date and beyond.

Test Centers with Limited Accessibility

  • Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates
    • Many third-party test centers have limited or suspended operations. If your test center closes, you will receive a cancellation email.
  • Israel
    • The Tel Aviv government has announced a mandatory two-meter distancing requirements and a limit of 10 occupants in a  room at a any given time. Pearson VUE owned test centers have made adjustments and are working at approximately 50% capacity. Some candidates’ exams have been cancelled.
  • Japan
    • Operating as normal, though the government has asked to help limit the spread of the disease. If you exhibit symptoms, you may be asked to reschedule your exam.
  • Singapore
    • Candidates are expected to provide travel information and have their temperature checked before entering company-owned test centers and will likely need to do this for third-party test centers as well.
      • If you are unwell or have been to China in the last 14 days, you may need to reschedule your appointment.
      • If you have a fever above 37.5 degrees Celsius, you will be asked to leave and reschedule your appointment.
      • If you are exhibiting symptoms, you will be asked to wear a mask and to take your test in a separate room.
  • South Korea
    • The government of South Korea has released guidance instructing entities to refrain from hosting large events. Pearson VUE owned test centers have reduced the number of candidates allowed to test at any given time to comply.Third-party test centers may independently determine to close their test centers.

Candidate safety

Pearson VUE has reviewed and reinforced policies to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus at test centers. This includes ensuring surfaces and devices that are commonly touched by customers (such as keyboards, computer mice, etc.) are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

They will also be providing hand sanitizer and allowing candidates to use disposable gloves while testing. If you do choose to use gloves, note that test center staff will visually inspect these items.

Reminders for candidates

Regardless of your current exam schedule, you will want to make sure you protect yourself and those around you from the virus.

  • Review the CDC’s Steps to Prevent Illness
  • Limit the amount of time spent in close contact with other people, especially large groups.
  • Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick unless you are seeking medical care.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

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Updated March 16, 2020

The Certification Candidate Management System will be down through the week of March 16, 2020

The IIA announced that the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) will be unavailable from March 8th through the week of March 16th. During this period, you will still be able to sit for your CIA exam if it has already been scheduled, but you will not be able to do the following:

  • Change, schedule, reschedule, or cancel exam appointments

  • Purchase exam registrations

  • Create a CIA candidate profile or update an existing CIA candidate profile

  • Check on your CIA exam results

Again, if you already have a confirmed CIA exam appointment during this period, you will still be able to sit for the exam on your appointed day.

The week of March 16, 2020, the newly updated CCMS will be released. The updated CCMS will streamline the application process, include a single sign-on, and improve user experience.

If your exam authorization is set to expire while the CCMS is unavailable and you are unable to make arrangements prior to March 8th, please wait until March 16th to open a case for The IIA to review.

NOTE: If you need to contact The IIA about a concern that took place during your exam appointment, notify Pearson VUE directly at http://www.pearsonvue.com/iia/contact. Then when the CCMS is live again, open a case with The IIA for investigation.

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February 13, 2020

Chinese Testing Center Closures Throughout February

Pearson VUE and China IIA have announced that the CIA testing centers in mainland China will be closed throughout February. If this cancellation applies to your exam, your exam will be canceled free of charge.

According China IIA, the 2020 first CIA exam (originally scheduled for March 1 to March 10) will be postponed until May.

If your exam authorization period or grade validity period will end after the original March test period, but prior to the May exam period, the IIA will extend its authorization period and validity period to ensure you can take the new exam as usual.

The above dates and arrangements may be adjusted as the situation changes. The official examination time and appointment opening time are subject to subsequent announcements. Candidates should pay attention to the China IIA’s official website to see the latest developments.

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August 8, 2019

The IIA changes the eligibility window and retake policy for the CIA exam

With the 2019 CIA exam changes already implemented, The IIA is making new changes to the CIA exam’s testing windows and waiting periods. Starting on September 1, 2019, CIA candidates will only have 3 years to complete the program, instead of 4.

Candidates will still be able to request a one-year extension.

This change will not affect candidates who are approved into the program prior to September 1, 2019. These candidates will still have 4 years to complete the program and are still able to request a one-year extension.

In addition, on September 1, 2019, the waiting period to retake the CIA exam will be reduced to 60 days, instead of 90. This change is effective for all CIA candidates.

How does this affect CIA candidates?

For most CIA candidates, this change should not pose any difficulties. In fact, the reduced waiting period will make it easier for candidates who do not pass a part of the CIA exam to retake the exam. This will save candidates on lost time and help ensure you don’t need to spend too much time restudying material you’re already comfortable with. 

The CIA exam is a computer-based test that is available year-round, so you can choose the date that best fits your schedule. In addition, the CIA exam does not have any blackout dates, so a 3-year testing period will provide plenty of time to complete the CIA exam.

With the reduced waiting period for retaking parts of the CIA exam, even the hurdle of retaking a difficult part has been made easier.

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