CPA Questions & Answers

What is the difference between a CPA and a CIA?

CPAs have met licensing requirements for the state in which they practice accounting. State licensing requirements vary but typically include 150 hours of education (30 hours beyond the typical 120-hour bachelor’s degree in accounting). Licensing requirements also always include some documented experience and achieving a passing score on the Uniform CPA Examination.

A CIA is a Certified Internal Auditor. In order to become a CIA, the candidate must pass a three-part exam that requires candidates to demonstrate their comprehensive competence and professionalism in the internal auditing field. To qualify, candidates must hold a 3- or 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher), obtain a minimum of 24 months of internal auditing experience or its equivalent. However, a Master’s degree can substitute for 12 of the required 24 months.

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