GECB- Certified Specialist in Internal Audit. Get Certified

Are you a beginner, aspiring or experienced internal auditor? Would you like to demonstrate your mastery of the principles, methods, tools and techniques needed to quickly take charge and carry out internal audit assignments in line with best practice? Then, this certification is what you need to enter the field of internal auditing with ease and confidence.

Rightly regarded as the entry-level certification for internal audit professionals, CSIA is designed to equip internal auditors with the fundamental skills they need to effectively carry out their first audit assignments and quickly gain autonomy.  

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Format:  Multiple choice | Language: English, French, Spanish, Chinese simplified and Portuguese | Questions: 100 | Duration: 120 minutes | Passing Score: 70 % | Exam mode: online and proctored based 

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  • valuable study tips and exam techniques
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  • Up to 3 years of certification validity (Renewable)


CSIA is a tactical level certification designed for both individuals starting their career in the field of internal auditing and experienced professionals who wish to rapidly improve their basic knowledge and skills in this area. It also constitutes an indispensable springboard for audit managers and senior auditors who aspire to obtain the prestigious CMIA designation (Certified Manager of Internal Audit) from GECB. CSIA certification provides a solid foundation and comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of internal auditing, including methodology, tools and techniques, risk assessment, internal control, engagement planning and execution. It will help you master the roles and responsibilities of an internal auditor as well as the contribution he can make to the risk-based governance and the effectiveness of internal control.

This certification is a valuable asset for anyone seeking to start a successful career in internal auditing, as well as for organizations seeking a basis on which to recruit competent and knowledgeable internal auditors. The CSIA designation is also an important starting point for auditors who aspire, over time, to embark on more substantial, time-consuming and complex certifications in internal auditing or related professions.

Why getting certified?

  • Earning the Certified Specialist in Internal Auditing (CSIA) designation demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and a desire to improve one's knowledge and skills in the field of internal auditing.
  • The CSIA program covers the fundamentals of internal auditing, including the standards and best practices for carrying out internal audit assignments based on the assessment of risks and internal controls. By obtaining this certification, you will be better equipped to contribute to your organization’s performance and objectives, and you will have an important designation that sets you apart from the crowd.
  • CSIA certification is also an excellent way to gain a confident introduction to the world of auditing and to prepare for more complex certification program. It can open doors to new career opportunities and lead to higher salaries.
  • CSIA certification is also used to improve the audit culture within an organization by raising awareness and training auditees and operational staff, who very often have a negative perception of internal audit and the role and methods of internal auditors.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this certification, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one (1) year of professional experience in an audit related role or equivalent.
  • A university degree from a recognized institution.
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of training with a GECB approved partner.

Note: The self-study option is available only to candidates who can demonstrate extensive experience in the field of internal auditing.

Certification Process

  • Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility Before embarking on your journey to becoming a GECB Certified Specialist in Internal Audit (CSIA), it's crucial to evaluate your eligibility. Review the prerequisites and criteria to ensure you meet the necessary qualification and experience level.
  • Step 2: Submit Your Application Once you've confirmed your eligibility, submit your application for the CSIA program. Our streamlined application process is designed to make it easy for you to take the next steps towards achieving professional excellence.
  • Step 3: Application Review, Approval, or Denial Our dedicated team will thoroughly review your application to assess your eligibility. You'll receive prompt notification of either approval or denial. In the case of denial, we'll provide feedback and guidance on how to meet the requirements.
  • Step 4: Purchase Your Certification Toolkit (Upon Approval) Upon approval, you can proceed to purchase your CSIA certification toolkit. This bundle includes access to essential study materials and resources to help you prepare efficiently for the examination.
  • Step 5: Prepare for Your Exam To excel in your CSIA exam, you are encouraged to join an official training course with a GECB-approved partner, benefitting from a thorough exam preparation, expert guidance and a second chance exam retaking with 50% discount. Alternatively, self-study candidates opting for independent exam preparation should have extensive experience in the field to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the content.
  • Step 6: Schedule Your Exam GECB offers multiple opportunities to take your online exams. CSIA exams are held four times a year, at the end of each quarter. However, additional exam windows can be requested by GECB approved partners. Select a suitable exam date and write to us for scheduling.
  • Step 7: Take Your Exam Online Sit for your CSIA exam, and upon completion, receive your instant results. Our automated system will swiftly assess your performance and provide you with your exam outcome.
  • Step 8: Become Certified Upon successfully passing the exam, the certification committee will review the report submitted by your proctor. Within seven days, you'll receive your prestigious digital premium certificate suitable for framing. Our digital badges and certificates are accessible and verifiable anytime, anywhere, on any device with an internet connection. You can easily showcase your achievements to potential employers, partners or colleagues, enhancing your professional reputation and visibility on a global scale.

  • Step 9: Receive Your Hard Copy Certificate (Optional) For those who prefer a tangible symbol of their achievement, GECB offers the option to receive an official hard copy certificate with a premium stamp. Upon your request and for additional cost, our certification committee will expedite the production of this prestigious document. Within 30 days, your hard copy certificate will be dispatched through internationally recognized courier services such as DHL, UPS, FedEx, or equivalent, ensuring its safe and timely delivery to your doorstep.
  • Step 10: Maintain Your Certification At GECB, we understand that professional development is an ongoing journey. To keep your designation current and continuously reflect your expertise, each GECB certificate is valid for three (3) years. The process of maintaining your certification is straightforward. You are required to provide proof of a minimum level of continuing professional development (CPD) and renew your membership within the GECB community of certified professionals. For a nominal fee of 149 USD, your certification is extended for another three years period. There's no need to undergo the examination process again. The GECB Certification Committee will promptly issue a new premium digital certificate, ensuring your professional standing remains at its peak.

Note: With our membership policy, you will enjoy the benefits of renewing all your certifications by paying a single fee, rather than incurring separate renewal cost for each certification obtained, as our competitors do.

Join the ranks of distinguished professionals who have chosen GECB for their career development. Experience the quality and excellence that set GECB apart in the world of professional certification.

  • Section 1 Internal Audit Fundamental Principles
  • Section 2 Internal audit and risk-based governance
  • Section 3 Internal audit and effectiveness of internal controls
  • Section 4 Engagement preparation phase
  • Section 5 Engagement execution phase
  • Section 6 Engagement completion phase
  • Section 7 Engagement follow up phase

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2024 Exam Windows

  • March 25 or 31
  • June 24 or 30
  • September 22 or 30
  • December 22 or 30

Learning options available

Instructor-Led Learning

  • Structured Learning Environment: Ideal for individuals who thrive in a structured study environment. Instructor-led classes provide a well-organized and guided approach to your certification journey.
  • GECB-Approved Partners: These classes are conducted by GECB-approved partners worldwide, ensuring quality instruction.
  • Peer Interaction: Benefit from valuable peer discussions and networking opportunities, enhancing your understanding of the subject matter.

Instructor-Supported Learning

  • Flexible Support: Designed for candidates who seek instructor support but have unpredictable schedules.
  • Personalized Assistance: Receive personalized assistance online from GECB-approved partners.
  • No Set Meeting Times: There are no required meeting times, allowing you to complete assignments and study at your own pace.

Corporate and Group Learning

  • Tailored for Groups: Ideal for both small and large groups, offering flexibility for self-study or instructor-led classes.
  • Virtual Learning: GECB assists in organizing groups, whether participants are in one location or geographically dispersed.
  • Structured Progress Tracking: Utilize online group reporting to monitor progress, ensuring your training investment is optimized.

Self-Study Option

  • Eligibility: Suited for experienced professionals with busy or unpredictable schedules.
  • Learn at Your Own Pace: Study independently with complete autonomy in your learning process, aligning with your unique schedule.
  • Exam Flexibility: Schedule and take your exam online within the allotted period, providing convenience and control over your certification journey.