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The IIA SA defines an Internal Audit Professional as someone who has an academic qualification, who has gone through the IIA SAs structured on-the-job training program (Professional Training Program), has gone through a test of competence (IAT, GIA and CIA) and who is a member of the IIA. These four elements must be in place as they speak to the Internal Auditors competence and accountability to a code of ethics.
The path career Internal Auditors follow in sequence is:
- Obtaining an academic qualification. We recommend that where possible you work through an academic institution that has been endorsed by the IIA (IAEP status). These institutions often offer internship programs. One of the best ways to learn more about Internal Auditing is to participate in a student internship program. An internship can provide you with special insight into Internal Auditing, its working relationships and job related responsibilities that textbooks cannot offer, not to mention the invaluable personal and professional contacts you make. Plus, internships often turn into paid jobs after graduation. Tertiary institutions make their own decisions about the
availability of and credit assigned to internship programs. Registrations for your internships will be arranged according to the requirements of your institution.