Global-CIA ( Global Certified Internal Auditor):

The Global Certified Internal Auditor (GCIA)  designation is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field.

Since the program’s launch, it has opened up countless doors of opportunity for practitioners around the world as it communicates their ability to serve as a key player in their organization’s success. Candidates leave the program enriched with educational experience, applicable knowledge, and business tools that can deliver a positive impact in any organization or business environment.

Candidates study for the examination through self-study – there are no formal classes or lectures to attend.

Computer Based Testing:

The GCIA exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round worldwide. Candidates are able to sit for exams at any ICIA-authorized testing center worldwide, regardless of whether the testing center is located in your hometown or country.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

Successful GCIA candidates must meet the following requirements:-

  • Become a member of ICIA-PAKISTAN
  • Meet Education eligibility requirements
  • Complete a character reference section of the form
  • Meet work experience requirements
  • Meet proof of identification requirement.

Before a candidate application can be approved, All documentation above must be received and approved by Certification staff.

Examination Terms & Conditions

Candidates in the GCIA program agree to accept Examination Terms and conditions of the program,including:-

  • Exam Eligibility requirements
  • exam confidentiality
  • Code of Ethics
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
  • other conditions enacted by The ICIA-PAKISTAN’s Professional Certification Awarding Board (PCAB).


Candidates must be a member of ICIA-PAKISTAN in order to take the GCIA exam or become a GCIA. .

Education Eligibility Requirements

GCIA candidates must hold a graduate degree (or higher) or its educational equivalent from an accredited university.

Acceptable Documents:

  • Copy of your degree or professional certification transcripts (If your name has changed since you earned your degree, you must also include your legal name change document.)
  • Letter from university or Institution confirming you degree or membership.
  • Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level.

GCIA Education Eligibility Change:

The Board of Directors has approved an alternate path to eligibility for the GCIA for those candidates who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Candidates may now become eligible for the GCIA, subject to approval, who possess:

– A-level or Higher Secondary School Certificate and five years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent, OR
– Seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent

In order to apply for this alternate pathway please complete Education Requirement Exception Form and email it back to the Education team for assessment.

Work Experience

Candidates with a graduate degree must obtain a minimum of 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent. A Masters degree can substitute for 12 of the required 24 months. A completed Experience Verification Form is required. Candidates may apply to the program and sit for the exam prior to satisfying the professional experience requirement, but will not be certified until all program requirements have been met.

Character Reference:

Candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a GCIA, CMSA, CITA, CICP, or the candidate’s supervisor.

Eligibility Period:

The certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.

Examination Confidentiality:

GCIA® exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the  exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The ICIA-PAKISTAN’s Certification Department. Unauthorized disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.

Code of Ethics:

A candidate agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics established by the Institute.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE):

Upon certification, a candidate is required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments.