CICA \ CCS certificates – General info

IIC Certification

Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) and Certified Controls Specialist (CCS) certifications are issued by the Institute for Internal Controls (IIC) Global Certification Advisory Board to Internal Control Professionals who are adequately specialized as Internal controls auditors or Internal controls specialists and have gained sufficient professional experience.

CICA and CCS certified professionals are auditors, SOX \ J-SOX controls specialist, controllers, accountants, fraud auditors, compliance officers, corporate governance and risk management professionals, lecturers at universities, etc. working for private companies, commercial banks, consulting companies, government agencies, non-for profit institutions, etc.

 

Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA)

Certification requirements:

CICA certification is awarded based on assessment of the following criteria: Professional experience, Education, Professional certifications and Compliance of the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of TheIIC.

Minimum number of points, necessary to become CICA certified professional is 70 points, gained as a total from meeting the certification requirements, explained in details below.

Professional Experience:

Professionals in auditing, accounting, internal controls, controlling, consulting, risk management, compliance, etc who have auditing of internal controls, or assessment of internal controls within their core duties can apply for CICA certification. Those typically eligible for the CICA include all types of auditors as well as non-auditors who have the responsibility to review internal controls and internal control systems either formally or informally, evaluate the adequacy of internal controls and make recommendations for the improvement of internal controls and internal control systems.

10 points are awarded for every full year of professional experience with at least 50% of internal controls related tasks.

Persons, who do not have necessary experience in internal controls to apply for CICA certificate, can apply for CCS certificate. Persons, who had past experience with internal controls auditing or assessment as their core area of responsibility before, but are not practicing internal controls at the moment (like lecturers at universities, etc) can still apply for CICA certificate.

Education:

– Bachelor or Masters degree with Accounting or IT (for IT auditors) as major specialization (40 points) or

– Bachelor or Masters degree with other specializations (20 points).

Additional education:

– MBA, Doctor, Junior Doctor degrees with Management or IT specialization (10 points).

Professional certificates:

Maximum of 10 points can be awarded based on professional certificates.

– CPA, CIA, ACCA, CISA, CGAP, CBA, CQA (10 pkt.)

– CFE, CIMA, CFM, CGFM, CITP, CISM or other (5 pkt.)

(Certificates, other than mentioned above, will be taken into consideration during certification process in case the candidate has internal controls related professional experience. Every case will be examined individually based on relation of the professional certification to internal controls).

 

Certified Controls Specialist (CCS)

Certification requirements:

CCS certification is awarded based on assessment of the following criteria: Professional experience, Education, Professional certifications and Compliance of the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of TheIIC.

Minimum number of points, necessary to become CCS certified professional is 70 points, gained as a total from meeting the certification requirements, explained in details below.

Professional Experience:

CCS designation is offered to non auditors, who are involved in non audit areas of internal controls, such as the design or implementation of Internal control systems, monitoring of internal controls and internal control systems, etc. Those eligible for the CCS include accounting personal, IT network security personnel, physical security and loss prevention personnel, systems analysts and programmers involved in the design of internal controls within systems, attorneys, educators and anyone who is involved directly in the non audit areas of internal controls.

10 points are awarded for every full year of professional experience with at least 50% of internal controls related tasks.

Education:

– Bachelor or Masters degree with Accounting, Internal controls, Management, Finance or IT as major specialization (40 pts) or

– Bachelor or Masters degree with other specializations (20 points).

Additional education:

– MBA, Doctor, Junior Doctor degrees with Management or IT specialization (10 points).

Professional certificates:

Maximum of 10 points can be awarded based on professional certificates.

– CPA, CIA, ACCA, CISA, CGAP, CBA, CQA (10 pkt.)

– CFE, CIMA, CFM, CGFM, CITP, CISM or other (5 pkt.)

(Certificates, other than mentioned above, will be taken into consideration during certification process in case the candidate has internal controls related professional experience. Every case will be examined individually based on relation of the professional certification to internal controls).