Everything you need to know about upcoming CIA exam changes, when the new exam will be tested, and more. Plus, learn about past exam changes to see how the exam and profession have developed over the years.
The IIA is updating the Global Internal Audit Standards Opens in new window, International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) Opens in new window and the the CIA exam syllabus Opens in new window. The new Standards have been approved and will be effective January 9, 2025. Beginning May 2025, candidates will begin to sit for the updated CIA exam.
The upcoming changes to the CIA exam:
The updated CIA exam syllabi will be available by May 2024.
You can still apply to enter the CIA program at any time. Once you’re approved into the program, you’ll have three years to complete it. So when you schedule your exam, you can either schedule it before or after the new exam releases.
If you’re currently a CIA exam candidate, you should carefully review the IIA’s new exam syllabus when it’s available. Compare it to the current syllabus to determine which is the best choice for you—sitting for the current exams or sitting for the new exams beginning May 2025. Be sure to factor in where you’re at in your program eligibility window to ensure you have enough time to pass all 3 parts within your time limit.
We recommend that current candidates go ahead and complete all 3 exams if possible to avoid the uncertainty of sitting for a new exam. But ultimately, you should make the best choice for your personal situation.
If you pass an exam part before the new exam releases, you’ll retain your passing score for that part when the new exam releases. You’ll only need to re-take exam part(s) if your program window expires.
Learn more on The IIA’s FAQ page Opens in new window.
The IIA plans to offer the updated CIA exam in different languages according to the release schedule below.
|English, CIA Challenge Exams
|May 1, 2025
|Chinese Traditional, Japanese
|July 1, 2025
|August 1, 2025
|September 1, 2025
|October 1, 2025
|November 1, 2025
|December 1, 2025
|Chinese Simplified, Arabic
|October 1, 2025
See below for information on previous changes to the CIA exam.