CIA candidates around the world have trusted The IIA's CIA Learning System to help them pass the CIA exam. Here's what a few of them had to say including Bruce Marsden, CPA, CFA, CIA, who received The IIA's William S. Smith Gold Award for achieving the highest score on the 2011 CIA Exam!


"Three out of three. I passed all three parts on my first try, and this system helped me do it. Although the CIALS does not have the thousands and thousands of questions other courses proclaim to have, the CIALS provided an EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE way for me to learn what I needed to and then assess what I learned. It focused me on understanding concepts rather than memorizing rote information and regurgitating it. I found that I was well prepared for the unusual and unfamiliar questions when they presented themselves in the exam. Kudos to a nicely designed system that did what I was hoping it would do." (Dave Maira, CIA – Audit Manager, Carrols Restaurant Group, Syracuse, NY)


"I love The IIA’s CIA Learning System! Everything was easy to use, extremely helpful and relevant to the actual test, and overall, a very well put together study packet. It all just made sense – it was not confusing like the other study materials I used prior to getting the Learning System."

(Summer Daniel, CIA, CRMA, Audit Manager, Austin Radiological Association (ARA), Austin, TX)

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"You have a great teaching tool!  I have no doubt that using The IIA’s CIA Learning System Part 2 contributed to my passing the CIA Part 2 Exam on my first attempt!" (Arthur Yip, CPA, Senior Internal Auditor, On Assignment)


"The IIA's CIA Learning System has proven to be an effective learning tool to prepare for and pass the CIA examinations. The texts are well written and concise. The online quizzes and practice examinations are a great way to evaluate your progress and provide reinforcement to the material in the text. I used the text and online quizzes/practice examinations as my sole means of preparing for the examinations and I am pleased with the results. I highly recommend the IIA learning system for anyone who wants to take the CIA examinations." (Mark Popp, Old Republic International)


"The striking difference between The IIA's CIA Learning System materials and other available materials is that it helps you understand the material rather than memorize multiple choice questions. So each time a question came up during the exam, I answered because I knew the engineering of the subject. I passed all parts the first time and am now a Big 4 professional." (Pantelis Ladopoulos, CIA)


“In sitting for professional exams, I found The IIA's CIA Learning System to be the most effective program that I have been a part of. One of my managers is now using the CIA Learning System and he concurs with my thoughts. I especially want to thank The IIA for putting out such an excellent learning system to prepare for the CIA examination. I passed all sections the first time.“ (Rick Wardrip, CIA, CISA, CPA, Chief Audit Executive, SRP (major utility in the Phoenix metropolitan area)


“The amount of time, money and energy saved by passing the CIA examination in your first attempt is a sufficient justification for the price paid for The IIA’s CIA Learning System.“ (Najeeb Haq, Audit Manager, CIBC Internal Audit)


“Thanks to The IIA and the CIA Learning System, I am now a Certified Internal Auditor. I just finished part 3 of the CIA exam and appreciate very much how great the Learning System is. I depended on this product to pass and I advise everyone to do the same.” (Yehia Gad)


"With the help of The IIA’s CIA Learning System I passed the exams for part 1, 2 and 3 all on the first attempt. The self-study system enabled me to study whenever and wherever I felt like it. Especially the practice questions online are very helpful. The materials are also a fine reference book that I can use in my work situation.” (Petra van den Boorn, Hoofd Internal Audit, Netherlands)


"The IIA's CIA Learning System is clearly organized and easy to read and understand. Being a mother and wife, it gives me flexibility to study anywhere and anytime. I have used other resources and not until I decided to invest in the CIA Learning System have I successfully passed parts 1, 2 & 4. I am currently studying for part 3 and I know that I will be successful. I can clearly state that this was truly a great investment.” (Laverne J. Bethell, Internal Auditor, The Public Hospitals Authority, Nassau, Bahamas)


"The CIA Learning System organized and clearly explained the subject matter tested. The feedback I received when answering questions on line was a tremendous learning tool. I experimented with one other CIA preparation course, but found its materials to be less focused on the relevant topics, which made my studying less efficient. I am convinced I would not have passed all three parts of the CIA exam on the first try without the aid of the CIA Learning System." (Berri Davis, CIA, Vice President, Standards and Guidance, The IIA)


"I gained more knowledge and confidence as I studied with The IIA CIA’s Learning System, which is user friendly and has an important amount of questions and practice simulations. It helps you plan ahead and keep a good pace in studying. The offered materials are the best option for a successful study plan and test training techniques. I am proud to say I passed all exams during my first try and am now certified!” (Lilian Valcarcel, CA, CIA, Internal Audit Supervisor, Newmont Mining)


"After comparing other resources, I chose The IIA’s CIA Learning System. I am happy that I made the choice. I passed all my exams in the first attempt and within a timeframe I had set for myself. The quality of the materials was outstanding. Thanks a lot." (Uttam Mukherjee, CIA, Senior Internal Auditor)


"I found The IIA's CIA Learning System to be central to my success with the CIA exams. I had passed half of the CIA exams based on my extensive college coursework (without any preparation). For the remaining two exams, I had used some materials from other CIA exam preparation sources but barely missed passing those exams. I realized that I never felt comfortable with the CIA material as presented by these sources. After using the IIA's CIA Learning System, I felt comfortable with the exam material and immediately passed the remaining two exams. I wished I had purchased The IIA's CIA Learning System first instead of the other exam preparation sources. I highly recommend that anyone who wants to sit for the CIA exams use The IIA's CIA Learning System." (Andrew Griffith, CIA)


"Using your materials has made it possible for me to pass my exams on the first try. Precise, accurate and relevant to the course content your material is highly recommended." (Ineeleng Tshepho Motlalekgosi)


"I would like to express my deepest thanks to The IIA's CIA Learning System team members, in assembling this package which was a major aid to prepare for the exams. Moreover, I would like to acknowledge the knowledge received from going through this material and how it elevated my abilities to better perform in my career." (Mohammed A AlSmari)


"I have been using the IIA’s CIA Learning System for the CIA Part 1, 2 and 3 (I also used the IIA's CCSA material for Part IV). I was impressed with the simplicity and easiness of reading both the handbook as also the Q&As in the database. The content was clear, concise, well written, easily understood and directly related to the study material. The glossary, the reference material, the explanations of both the correct and the wrong answers, provided me with the ability to better understand my study material and enhance my knowledge on audit related concepts. The result was to assist me to pass the first time, all the CIA related exams I have so far taken. I would strongly recommend The IIA's Learning material to any CIA candidate." (Maria Panos)


“The quality of materials and variety of classes offered by The IIA’s CIA Learning System made it the best choice for me. The entire course is clear and concise and helps you understand the key concepts while building confidence. It makes reviewing for the CIA exam easier and provides a great experience.” (Norm Davidson, CCSA, Internal Audit Manager, One Call Medical)


"I looked into other review materials, but the Learning System offered the best value and the flexibility I needed. With kids at home and a busy work schedule, the self-study books and online tools allowed me to study whenever I had the time. I am actually surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed studying. The books are laid-out well and relate directly to the exam. The online questions and study tools not only helped me understand the material but also prepared me for how the CIA questions are asked. I’m really happy there’s a tool like this available. I passed the CIA exams and The IIA’s CIA Learning System undoubtedly played a big role in my success.” (Anthony Filomarino, CIA, CMA, Director of Finance, MetLife)


"I have taken a number of courses and designations throughout my career. The IIA’s CIA Learning System is one of the clearest, best organized, and comprehensive study systems I have used. I am truly impressed." (Jo Orton, CA, CIA, CFE, CPA (Illinois), CICA, Manager, Investigative and Forensic Services)


"The IIA’s CIA Learning System is a great example of “less is more.” It is clearly written without unnecessary verbiage. I got a lot more out of this program than the other materials out there. I passed the first CIA exam and will definitely be using the Learning System for the other three parts." (Sandra Amarante, Associate, KPMG LLP)


"I found the IIA’s CIA Learning System to be outstanding. Comparing it to several other certification programs and hours of online CPE I’ve used, this is by far the best thought-out educational program I have ever come across. I have learned many valuable concepts and thought processes." (Dennis B. Keenan, CPA, CFE, Cr.FA, CITP, CFSA, Independent Management Consultant)


"The CIA Learning System was an invaluable resource to aid in the understanding and implementation of evidence-based analysis.  Many times as human beings, we jump to conclusions without examining the facts.  Maintaining Independence and Objectivity when examining all types of issues we face in life are fundamental traits for every person to have in order to do the right thing." (Shahzad Shah)


"The IIA’s CIA Learning System instructor-led courses were of great value to me because they helped explain concepts and taught techniques to maximize my CIA score. I am very satisfied with this program, which resulted in my successful completion of part 1.” (Thea Roeland, Internal Control Assurance Officer, South Africa)


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