Internal Audit Certification Adds Russian Language

Jack Humphrey, Regulatory journalist
May 27, 2011 /

Russian candidates now have increased access to the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) program as the Institute of Internal Auditors has announced the addition of the Russian language.

The expansion was supported by the IIA Russia and Hock Training Inc. to bring the total number of languages in which the CIA program is available throughout the world to 19.

This means Russian-speaking candidates can participate in the CIA program and sit for the exam in their native language at approximately 500 sites in 165 countries.

There are more than 100,000 professionals around the world at present that have already earned the CIA designation, considered to be the top credential for internal auditors in practice.

Alexei Sonin, a member of The IIA’s global board of directors, said: “This is great news for the internal audit profession and organizations in our country. There is a strong demand for internal auditors in Russia, and having the CIA exam available in our native language will enhance our opportunities to meet this need here and around the globe.”

CIAs are required to adhere to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. They are also bound to represent personal and professional integrity, internal audit competency and experience, higher education, and knowledge of the field.

“Executive management and boards in Russia can be assured that their CIAs will add value by demonstrating high ethics, performing in accordance with the Standards, and continually updating their skills and knowledge,” added IIA Vice President of Certifications Cyndi Plamondon.

The CIA exam consists of four parts, which includes the Internal Audit Activity’s Role in Governance, Risk, and Control; Conducting the Internal Audit Engagement; Business Analysis and Information Technology; and Business Management Skills.

The IIA will roll out the other three parts in Russian by July 31, 2011 following the launch of Part 1 on April 30.

To launch the CIA certification in new language is a “complicated, multi-tiered process” according to Plamondon.

“In addition to ensuring we appropriately address the CIA’s four distinctively different parts, we must adequately accommodate for the varied dialects that accompany many of the languages.”

This year, the IIA plans to make the existing Hebrew CIA exam also available through computer-based testing, launch the CIA exam and support materials in Arabic, and roll out the Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) exam in Estonian.

A specialty certification, CGAP is designed for and by public-sector internal audit practitioners to test their knowledge of public-sector internal auditing and emphasize the internal auditor’s role in both strengthening accountability to the public and improving government services.

Estonia, Poland, Taiwan, and Bulgaria have proposed a legislation in support of government auditors becoming CGAPs.

The CGAP exam is currently available in five languages and was administered in 28 countries during 2010.


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