The Institute of Internal Auditors engages in education, research, and advocacy on behalf of the internal audit profession. The Institute is a membership organization, founded in 1941, which offers the following general benefits to its members:
- Internal audit certification
- Internal audit training
- Job postings
- National conferences
- Networking with fellow Institute members
- Research on internal auditing and related topics
The Institute conducts testing for the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation, which is the primary certification awarded to internal auditors. Those awarded the CIA designation must maintain it by meeting continuing professional education requirements.