Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) Eligibility Requirements
Candidates in the QIAL program agree to accept the conditions of the program, including
eligibility requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, and Continuing Professional
Development (CPD), along with other conditions enacted by The IIA’s Professional Certification Board (PCB).
QIAL candidates must meet eligibility requirements for character reference,
work experience, and identification. Before a candidate’s application can be approved,
ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, experience verification, and identification) must be received and approved by
The IIA’s Global Certifications staff.
Which Pathway is the Right One for Me?
Aspiring Leader and New Leader
Aspiring Leaders and New Leaders can pursue the QIAL by:
(This is referred to as Program Pathway 1.)
Experienced Leaders and Experienced Instructors can pursue the QIAL by:
“Internal audit experience or its equivalent” means experience in audit or assessment disciplines,
including internal auditing, external auditing, quality assurance, compliance, and internal control.
“General management experience” means being in a position of responsibility for staff, planning, quality, budgets, or other resources.
“Audit Executive (AE) level role” describes a person in a senior position responsible for effectively managing
the internal audit activity in accordance with the internal audit charter and the Definition of Internal Auditing,
the Code of Ethics, and the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards).
The AE or others reporting to the AE
will have appropriate professional certifications and qualifications. The specific job title of the AE may
vary across organizations. In some organizations, there may be more than one person who satisfies this
definition, especially in large organizations where responsibilities may be delineated by division, department,
geographical region, or similar segmentation.
experience requirement before entering the program.
Experience Verification Form
Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there.
(Submit the document type as Professional Experience.)
Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate’s supervisor.
Character Reference Form
Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification
Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Character.)
Proof of Identification
candidate’s official passport or national identity card (card must include a photo of the candidate).
These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted.
All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures
the photo is clearly legible.
How Do I Apply?
These resources can be downloaded from the Candidate Documents page.
Log in to the Certification Candidate Management System (CCMS) with an existing profile
or create one as a first-time user, and select the QIAL application for Program Pathway 1 or Program Pathway 2.
QIAL Scheduling 2
Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, UAE
Orlando, Florida, USA
Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE
Contact QIAL@theiia.org to inquire about availability and scheduling.
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