In order to earn your CIA certification, you will have to pay a variety of CIA exam fees, but with the increased earning potential and other benefits the CIA brings, it pays for itself with dividends throughout your career.
Still, you may be wondering, “How much does it cost to become a certified internal auditor?” To answer this question and help you develop your certification budget, we’ll assess the CIA exam fees and some other costs you may not have considered.
Combining all of the CIA exam fees gives us the total base cost of becoming a certified internal auditor.
|Total CIA Exam Fees with IIA Membership*|
|CIA Review Course||$949.00|
|Part 1 Exam Fee||$280.00|
|Part 2 Exam Fee||$230.00|
|Part 3 Exam Fee||$230.00|
|Total CIA Exam Fees without IIA Membership*|
|CIA Review Course||$949.00|
|Part 1 Exam Fee||$395.00|
|Part 2 Exam Fee||$345.00|
|Part 3 Exam Fee||$345.00|
*For Professionals in the U.S.
NOTE: Joining The IIA is not a requirement of becoming a CIA, but it does offer some discounts on CIA program and exam fees.
These numbers vary depending on the review system you purchase, your IIA membership type, and which country you test in, but they are a good frame of reference for most CIA candidates.
There is also the opportunity cost of the time you must invest in studying to consider, but that’s much more difficult to quantify because it varies so wildly from person to person and depends on the review course you choose. Long term, even if your expenses are on the higher end of the spectrum, the return on your investment will more than make up for the cost.
While IIA membership is not mandatory for taking the CIA exam, it is recommended for its many benefits, including discounted CIA exam application and part fees. As an IIA member, you can save more than $450 on CIA exam fees.
The IIA also provides additional benefits to IIA members. Learn how IIA membership can help boost your career and save money on conferences and events.
The IIA offers several membership types with these fees.
*Annual dues per member
**For payments drawn from banks outside of the U.S., please add US$30 to cover bank collection charges.
NOTE: For international candidates, please review our CIA Exam Guide for details.
|IIA Membership Fees|
|Professional||US $270||US $280|
|Government||US $175||US $175|
|Educator||US $145||US $150|
|Student||US $50||US $50|
|Retired||US $90||US $90|
To take the CIA exam, IIA members and non-members must create a profile in The IIA’s Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS), apply to the CIA Certification Program, and pay the CIA exam application fee. The cost of the application fee varies according to membership type.
|CIA Application Fee|
|US $230||US $115||US $65|
When you’re ready to register for an exam part, log in to the CCMS, fill out the appropriate registration form, and submit your order. CIA exam part fees vary per part and membership type.
*All fees are non-refundable.
These prices are applicable in the United States, Canada, and many other countries, but they may be different in countries where the exam is administered through agreements with IIA affiliates. To verify that these fees are accurate for you, contact your local affiliate.
|CIA Exam Fees*|
|Part 1||US $395||US $280||US $230|
|Part 2||US $345||US $230||US $180|
|Part 3||US $345||US $230||US $180|
Passing the CIA exam will require preparation, and the best way to prepare is with a CIA review course. CIA review courses vary in price, but most fall between $375 and $1,800. Each review course will offer different components and study strategies, so be sure to consider your needs when selecting a review course.
Some CIA review providers offer discounts to IIA members or students. Gleim offers a 20% discount to IIA members if your chapter is one of our partners, and all full-time students can save 20% on their CIA review materials through the Gleim student discount.
If you have to sit for the CIA exam at a distant testing center, then your CIA exam budget must account for travel expenses, such as airplane tickets, bus or train tickets, taxis, hotel rooms, gas, and meals. You can minimize these costs by registering early so you can secure the most convenient date, time, and location for your testing appointment.
NOTE: The best testing location might not always be the closest testing center. If you have to book a flight to get to a testing center, consider your lodging and meal expenses. Some places that are further away may, ultimately, be cheaper depending on where you are flying out from and what sort of amenities are offered in the area.
Becoming a certified internal auditor can be expensive, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the financial cost of becoming a CIA.
Being a member of The IIA reduces the cost of each part of the CIA exam. If you pass all three parts of the CIA exam within 1 year of getting your professional membership, you’ll save roughly $200 over non-members. The savings are even greater for students or professors.
Students save a lot of money on the CIA exam. In fact, students can save up to $620 over non-members. Full-time university or college students can enter the CIA program and sit for the CIA exam parts once they are in their final year of education. They must complete the education requirement before they can be certified.
We’ve already shown that joining The IIA and taking the CIA exam as a student can save you hundreds of dollars. Another great way to save money is to make sure you’re prepared for the CIA exam before you sit for it. It sounds obvious, but you’ll be paying between $180 and $395 each time you sit for a part of the CIA exam, so the best way to save money is to make sure you pass each part the first time.
The only way to do this is by working with a CIA review provider and dedicating enough time to study for the CIA exam. Don’t sit for such an expensive exam without knowing what to expect on exam day.
If your testing appointment is closing in, and you’re not prepared (or otherwise can’t make the appointment), be sure to reschedule your exam. You can reschedule the CIA exam as long as you have at least 48 hours until your testing appointment. While you will need to pay a US $75 rescheduling fee, you will not forfeit the remainder of your CIA exam fees.