The QIAL certification demonstrates your internal audit, ethical and organizational skills
It is a premier designation for executives in internal auditing. The QIAL proves to stakeholders your ability to manage quality internal audit activities and provides assurance to the board and senior management.Read More
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Candidates for the QIAL certification must meet the eligibility requirements for work experience, character reference and personal identification. Before application approval, all documentation (proof of education, experience verification, character reference, experience and identification) must be received and approved by the IIA's Global Certifications staff.
The QIAL assessment is made up of 5 sections, namely:
1. Case study 1*: Internal Audit Leadership (3 hours and 45 minutes)
2. Case study 2*: Organizational Leadership (3 hours and 45 minutes)
3. Case study 3*: Ethical Leadership (2 hours and 45 minutes)
4. QIAL presentation: Innovation and Change Leadership (20-minute presentation to a panel followed by 10 minutes Q&A)
5. Panel Interview (up to 90 minutes)
*Candidates eligible for Program Pathway 2 can submit a Portfolio of Professional Experience (PPE) to substitute for one or more case studies.
Program Pathway 1 candidates are required to pass all three case studies before registering for the presentation and panel interview. Program Pathway 2 candidates are required to satisfy the requirements for all three units by completing and having an approved Portfolio of Professional Experience and/or by passing case studies before registering for the presentation and panel interview.
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Leading the audit function.
Influencing strategy and organizational performance.
Providing opinion and insight.
Advocating innovation and change.
Championing ethics and social responsibility.
Three case studies – Case studies are completed in a Pearson Vue test center on a computer. Candidates will review individual case studies and prepare detailed reports worthy of a senior audience; OR
Portfolio of Professional Experience – This alternative is limited to candidates who meet the criteria for “experienced AEs” and supersedes the three case studies.
Presentation – All candidates will prepare to present to a panel of assessors on a topic relating to innovation in internal audit.
Interview – All candidates will sit for a 90-minute competency-based interview with a panel of assessors.
Internal audit leadership – taking responsibility for the staff, resources, strategy, planning, and quality assurance of the audit function.
Organizational leadership – providing organization-wide insights on governance, risk, and control, and influencing corporate thinking.
Ethical leadership – advocating and exemplifying professional conduct, responsible stewardship of resources, and socially aware strategic management.
Innovation and change leadership – provoking change and improvement across an organization while adopting leading practices in internal audit.
Aspiring leaders – those aspiring to senior and leadership positions in internal auditing, including the role of AE.
New leaders – those recently appointed to an AE position, with sufficient general management experience.
Experienced leaders – those with sufficient general management experience and at least three years’ experience as an AE.
Experienced Instructors – Those with sufficient experience in training senior practitioners of internal auditing or postgraduate research and lecturing in internal auditing and related subjects.
New leaders – a minimum of 15 years’ general management experience, or 10 with a CIA, and current engagement as an AE.
Experienced leaders – a minimum of 15 years’ general management experience, or 10 with a CIA, including at least three out of the last five as an AE.