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Certification in Control Self-Assessment™

What is the CCSA™?

The CCSA™ is a specialty certification program designed for practitioners of control self-assessment (CSA). Individuals at any CSA experience level will benefit from this comprehensive program. Gaining the required knowledge of areas such as risk and control models - often considered the realm of auditors only - exposes CSA practitioners from all backgrounds to concepts that are vital in effectively using CSA to help clients achieve their objectives.

The CCSA™ examination is available on a year-round basis.


It is recommended that candidates set aside approximately 60 to 80 hours of study for the exam, over a minimum of a three month period.


Computer Based Testing

The CCSA™ exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round at more than 500 locations worldwide. Candidates are able to sit for exams at any IIA-authorised Pearson VUE testing center worldwide, regardless of whether the testing center is located in your hometown or country. 


Candidates in the CCSA™  program agree to accept the conditions of the program, including eligibility requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE), along with other conditions enacted by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).


CCSA™ candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, and identification. Before a candidate application can be approved, ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.

IIA-Australia Membership

Candidates must be a member of IIA-Australia in order to take the  CCSA™ exam or become a  CCSA™Click here to become a member.


CCSA candidates must hold a 3 or 4 year post-secondary degree (or higher).

Important change to the Education Requirement for the CCSA

The Global Board of Directors has approved an alternate path to eligibility for the CCSA for those candidates who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. 

Candidates may now become eligible for the CCSA, subject to approval, who possess:

  • Two years post-secondary education and five years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent, OR
  • Seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.

In order to apply for this alternate pathway please complete Education Requirement Exception Form and email it back to the education team for assessment. Please note this form is for CIA, however it can be used for CCSA until the proper form becomes available.

Work Experience

CCSA™ candidates must obtain one year of control-related business experience, such as CSA, auditing, quality assurance, risk management, or environmental auditing. A completed Experience Verification Form is required.

Candidates may apply to the program and sit for the exam prior to satisfying the professional experience requirement, but will not be certified until all program requirements have been met.

Character Reference

Candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor.

Facilitation Experience/Training

CCSA™ candidates must obtain at least seven hours of acceptable facilitation experience or at least 14 hours of acceptable facilitation training. To be considered acceptable, facilitation experience or training must meet the guidelines listed on the facilitation validation form. Validation of facilitation experience/training may accompany application or be submitted later.

Proof of Identification (new changes as of 1 April 2014)

Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or driving license. These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted. 

Pearson VUE Testing Center Eyeglass Policy Change (new changes as of 25 February 2015)

Currently, eyeglasses are allowed in the testing room following visual inspection to ensure security. Visual inspection is defined as, "examining the item without directly touching it and without asking the candidate to remove the item." The eyeglass inspection process will change so that test administrators (TAs) will ask every candidate wearing glasses to remove the glasses and show them (not hand them over) to the TA for better viewing. For legal and liability reasons, TAs will not be allowed to touch the glasses, even if a candidate offers.

Eligibility Period

Effective November 2010, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.

New Certification Program Eligibility Extension

IIA-Australia is pleased to announce new certification Program eligibility extension.

Certification candidates who are nearing the end of their four-year program eligibility window or their four-year period has recently expired now have an opportunity to apply for an extension. This extension allows participating candidates who haven’t yet successfully completed their exam(s), or who have been accepted into the program but have not yet taken their exam(s), an opportunity to extend their program eligibility by 12 months. Candidates who have entered one of The IIA’s certification programs (CIA, CCSA, CFSA, CGAP, or CRMA) initially have four years to complete their exam(s) and earn their certification.

The cost is $350 per applicant and applies to all IIA certifications. 

Forms are available. Please contact certification@iia.org.au if you have further questions.


The CCSA™ exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the  exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorised disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.

Code of Ethics

A candidate agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics established by the Institute. 

Certification FAQ

Click here to download FAQ.

Continuing Professional Education

Upon certification, a candidate is required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments.

Exam Syllabus
CCSA Exam Syllabus 

Application Form

The required application form is: 
CCSA™ Examination Application Form

Exam Part Registration Extensions

30, 60, and 90 day extensions are available for all candidates to extend exam part registrations. The current price structure is below:

- 30 day extension: $75
- 60 day extension: $100
- 90 day extension: $125

An exam registration extension is only available one time per exam part. If your institute has a candidate who is interested in an exam part registration extension please contact certification@iia.org.au.  

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