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 Update on IIA Certification Exam Seat Time Reductions

Since January 2012, The IIA has been implementing, on a language-by-language basis, two key changes that enhance the certification candidate’s exam experience:

  • The removal of the computer-based testing (CBT) tutorial from the examination process
  • A reduction in the number of unscored questions on exams

These two changes are enabling The IIA to reduce the candidate’s exam seat time and avoid an impending price increase from the testing vendor.

Status of Certification Exams
CIA Exam

Currently, all four parts of the CIA exam are available in the new format in the following languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Unsimplified), French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Czech, and Russian. The Hebrew CIA exams are planned to be published by the end of September, and the Turkish CIA exams are planned to be published in October.

Specialty Exams

The roll-out of the specialty exams (CCSA, CFSA, and CGAP) began in July. Just as all four CIA parts for each language were published concurrently in the new format, all of the specialty exams in a supported language are being published concurrently.

The specialty exams are being implemented on a language-by-language basis according to the following preliminary schedule:

​Language(s)

​Exam Available to Candidates​

English CFSA (Banking, Insurance, Securities), CCSA, and CGAP (US and International)

July 1, 2012​

Japanese CFSA (Banking, Insurance, Securities) and CCSA

July 30, 2012​

Chinese Unsimplified CFSA (Banking, Insurance, Securities), CCSA, and CGAP International

August 24, 2012​

Spanish CFSA (Banking, Insurance, Securities), CCSA, and CGAP International

August 31, 2012​

Italian CFSA (Banking, Insurance, Securities) and CCSA

September 4, 2012

Portuguese CFSA Banking and CCSA

September 6, 2012​

Polish CGAP International and Estonian CGAP International

September 7, 2012​

Turkish CFSA (Banking, Insurance, Securities), CCSA, and CGAP International

October 2012​

IMPORTANT: This is a tentative schedule and exam availability dates may shift. Please check this page regularly for the latest information on CIA and specialty exam/language availability.

For further information or questions, please contact us at certifications@theiia.org.