Certified Practitioner in Internal Audit® (cPIA™)

Field: Auditing | Delivery Method: Self Study | CPE Hours: 55.0

When you register now you will also get a bonus one hour call with Lynn Fountain for free when you complete your certification (a $500 value) along with the other bonuses listed below.

Certifications are a necessary part of developing your professional internal audit career. Without them, you risk being held back in your career, your earning potential, and your promotion possibilities. With a certification you prove to others you know how to be an internal auditor.

Why do traditional internal audit certifications use barriers and tricks like educational requirements, years of experience, and exams where 60% of people fail each time? Because those traditional organizations continue to believe in a discriminatory, archaic, and broken model of certifying people. They focus on theoretical information you don't actually need to do your job in internal audit.

Today's job market is much different than it was 100 or 50 years ago, and you deserve a better path to practical, relevant, modern certifications that actually help you do your job easier.

You can choose to spend years getting certified, or can do it in 1-2 weeks with this modern certification.

The Certified Practitioner in Internal Audit® (cPIA™) certification difference:
  • No educational requirements.
  • No work experience requirements.
  • Get certified in 1-2 WEEKS, NOT 2-5 YEARS+ with traditional audit certifications.
  • Practical, basic information about how to be an internal auditor, without all the arbitrary extra topics like finance, accounting, IT, etc... that most internal auditors never encounter in their job.
  • No need for extra exam materials, application, testing or re-testing fees. Everything you need is included in the course .
  • Developed by world-class subject matter expert.
  • Accredited, block-chain technology certification, so you know you are getting a quality certification that is internationally recognized.

"This course was relevant to my day to day duties as a new Internal Auditor and provided invaluable insights to keep at the forefront of my mind during audit engagements." - Cinnamon.

In this certification course, you will learn how to apply internal audit standards, internal controls, the internal audit process, risk-based internal auditing, and emerging risks... everything you need to practice internal auditing... with out all of the theory and fluff in traditional certification that most internal auditors never deal with in their day-to-day job.
This practical entry level internal audit certification proves you know how to practice internal audit without years of studying and taking multiple exams required by traditional certifications.

Lynn Fountain will guide you through the practical concepts of internal auditing including:

Section One: Internal Audit Standards
  • Internal Audit Standards Overview
  • Internal Audit Standards – Managing Audit work
  • Internal Audit Standards – Executing the Audit Engagement
  • Exam (10 question)

Section Two: Internal Controls: COSO
  • COSO Overview
  • COSO Risk Assessment Component
  • COSO Information & Communication Component
  • COSO Monitoring
  • COSO Control Activity
  • COSO Control Environment
  • Fraud & COSO
  • Operationalizing COSO
  • Exam (10 questions)

Section Three: Internal Audit Processes
  • Documentation Methods for Internal Control
  • Foundations for a Strong Internal Audit Department
  • Internal Audit Keys to Managing an Effective Function
  • Internal Audit Effective Relations with the Audit Committee
  • Exam (10 questions)

Section Four: Risk Based Internal Auditing
  • Risk Based Auditing – Understanding RBIA
  • Risk Based Auditing – Understanding the Methodology
  • Risk Based Auditing – Applying the Methodology
  • Exam (10 questions)

Section Five: Internal Audit Emerging Risks
  • Internal Audit Focus and Emerging Risks Part 1
  • Internal Audit Focus and Emerging Risks Part 2
  • Internal Audit Focus and Emerging Risks Part 3
  • Internal Audit Focus and Emerging Risks Part 4
  • Internal Audit Challenges During Crisis Times
  • Exam (10 questions)

Section Six: Certification Process

This is a 50-hour CPE course, so the exam for this certification is split into sections after each of the major topical areas.

BONUSES: As part of this course, Lynn Fountain is also making available 53 different tools and resources to help you practically apply what you learn, including:
  • Accounting Tools
  • COSO Information
  • Process Capability Matrix
  • Process Internal Controls
  • Sample Policies
  • Segregation of Duties (SOD)

You will also have the opportunity to have a free one hour session with Lynn Fountain ($400 value) when you complete the course and will qualify for group session only available to cPIA certification holders.

If you are ready to move forward in your career with a certification in internal auditing, the cPIA™ is right for you.

Field: Auditing
Delivery Method: Self Study
CPE Hours: 55.0
Format: Videos and Downloads

Your Instructor

Lynn Fountain
Lynn Fountain

Consultant, CPA, CGMA, CRMA, MBA, Past Chief Audit Executive

Business Consultant, Trainer, Author

Ms. Fountain has over 40 years of experience spanning public accounting, industry accounting and consulting. Sixteen years of that experience has been in the field of internal audit, risk managment and process improvement. She is well adept to assist your organization evaluate business strategy, perform risk assessments, establish a Sarbanes-Oxley process, synergizing internal audit processes or perform process improvement projects.

As a past corporate executive Lynn has a passion for working with professionals to enhance their processes and provide leading edge education. She has authored and delivered hundreds of training courses for accounting, finance and audit professionals. Her training is filled with not just theory but real world application.

Ms. Fountain has authored three technical publications:

-Leading the Internal Audit Function 

-Raise the Red Flag

-Ethics and the Internal Auditor's political dilemma

Lynn is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession as well as a recognized business professional.  

Ms. Fountain obtained her BSBA from Pittsburg State University and her MBA from Washburn University in Kansas. She has active, current CPA, CGMA, and CRMA credentials.


Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
How do I receive the cPIA™ designation?
Complete the course, study and take the exam that is included for free with the course. Once you pass the exam, you will submit an application (step-by-step details are included in the course) and 3-4 weeks later you will receive your cPIA™ designation via e-mail.
Do I need to get other materials or pay anything additional to get the cPIA designation?
No. Everything you need to get certified is included in the course. There is also no requirement to pay for renewal of the cPIA designation. Once you obtain it, you can use the designation for life.
What if I don't pass the cPIA™ exam?
You need to get a 70% or better score to pass the cPIA™ exam. The exam is 55 multiple choice questions, based on the material from the course. You take the exam as part of the course from your computer or device. There is no testing center requirement. If you don't pass the exam, you can take it again as many times as you need until you pass.
What is the format of the course?
This is a video lecture format course, so you can listen to the lectures as if you were in an in-person course.
How many continuing professional education (CPE) hours are available for the course?
The cPIA™ course qualifies for 55 hours of continuing professional education for the topic of auditing and self-study.
What are the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements?
You must maintain a minimum of 40 hours of CPE each year, 20 hours of which need to be in the field of study: auditing. You will not need to submit your CPE each year, but may be randomly selected for CPE audit where you will need to provide us with evidence that you completed your annual CPE.

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