Internal auditing certificate programs help students learn how to review systems for integrity and compliance, and suggest ways to prevent fraud. Some schools require program applicants to be enrolled as accounting majors, while others request specific coursework prior to entering the program. Prerequisite coursework may include business math and statistics, financial and administrative accounting, information systems in accounting, data processing knowledge and economic analysis. A bachelor's degree is required in order to take the national certification exam through the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Certified Internal Auditor Training
The courses offered in certified internal auditor (CIA) prep programs are usually broken into four parts and are based on a learning sequence developed by the IIA. Students learn how to provide risk and control analysis by utilizing information technology. Often the curricula found in accounting degree programs can complement the coursework provided in internal auditing certificate programs. Training topics can include:
- Fraud prevention methods
- Accounting practices
- Economic regulations
- Use of information technology
- Business operations analysis
- Organizational behavior issues
Career Outlook and Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), auditor and accountant positions were expected to increase at a rate of 6% from 2018-2028. The projected growth is due to a rise in companies going public, as well as changing financial regulations with regard to corporate governance and the need for accountability practices to protect an organization's investors. The BLS states that the median yearly salary for auditors in May 2018 was $70,500 .
To prepare for internal auditor certification through the IIA, students may enroll in preparatory certificate programs where they learn risk management techniques, audit procedures and how to recognize fraud. However, before students can take the IIA certification exam, they must have a bachelor's degree.