Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
CPE: Individual exemptions as defined by IIA Global for the year 2020
We are aware that some people may have concerns about reaching the required 40 CPE's due to COVID-19. CPE guidelines are set by the Professional Certifications Board (PCB) of IIA Global. The PCB has now approved some flexibility to allow for exceptions on an individual basis. The exact clause for requesting exceptions is documented here (p. 5, item 2.5, "Hardship Exemption") in the global CPE guidelines: CPE Policy
Candidates who apply for a hardship case must document why they cannot achieve the required CPE. Typical hardship cases approved by the PCB are, for example
- long-term illness
- Parental leave (maternity/paternity)
- Military service
If you were unable to work during the year under review, choose "not practicing" as this reduces the required CPE by 50%; with the CIA, for example, a certified person would only have to report 20 hours.
You can also find further information here: https://global.theiia.org/certification/certified/Pages/CPE-Requirements.aspx
Professional training for CIAs
Certified Internal Auditors are responsible for maintaining their knowledge and skills and updating their knowledge and skills related to improvements and current developments in internal auditing standards, procedures, and techniques.
Certificate holders are required to self certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours. It is the CIA's responsibility to ensure that the CPE hours claimed conform to the guidelines established by The Institute of Internal Auditor's Board of Regents.
As of 2012 the new rule applies that a practicing CIA has to be able to report a minimum of 40 CPEs (a non-practicing CIA 20 CPEs) at the end of the current year. The reporting has to be entered by the CIA by herself/himself directly in the CCMS System of IIA Inc. (USA).
Please find more information about the Continued Professional Education (CPE) on the document below:
If a certification has been placed in an inactive status for more than 12 months, individuals may reinstate their certification by completing the reinstatement form in CCMS. In addition, they have to earn the required CPEs and to pay a reinstatement fee.
Possible CIA statuses and corresponding CPE requirements
A CIA who is performing internal auditing functions must complete a total of 40 hours of acceptable width=100% CPE every year by the end of the current year.
A CIA who is not performing internal auditing functions must complete a minimum of 20 hours of acceptable width=100% CPE every year by the end of the current year. As long as their CPE requirements are met, non-practicing CIAs may use the CIA designation; however, if they resume practicing internal auditing, they must report as a practicing CIA.
A CIA who is not performing internal auditing functions because of retirement may request retired status by notifying the Swiss Institute of Internal Auditing in writing. Retired CIAs are not responsible for completing CPE requirements. Retired CIAs may use the CIA designation; however, if they resume employment, they must report as a practicing or non-practicing CIA, as appropriate.
A certification is automatically placed into the inactive status when an individual fails to meet established CPE requirements. Individuals with an inactive status my not Claim that they are certified.
Calculating CPE hours
- Candidates who have passed the examination will be awarded 40 CPE hours in the year they were certified and 40 CPEs in the following year.
- Afterwards certificate holders are required to self certify as to the completion of the required continuing education hours.
- 1 CPE hour ist equivalent to 50 minutes of instruction.