CCSA candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, and facilitation experience/training.
Education: CCSA candidates must have a bachelor’s (four-year) degree or equivalent. A minimum of two years of post-secondary education with an accredited organization plus three years of general business experience may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree in the CCSA programme. A copy of the degree or transcripts must accompany the application.
Character Reference: CCSA candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a character reference signed by a CCSA, an individual with another IIA certification, or the candidate’s supervisor. Character reference must accompany application.
Work Experience: CCSA candidates must obtain one year of control-related business experience, such as CSA, auditing, quality assurance, risk management, or environmental auditing. Work experience must be verified by a CCSA, a CIA, a CGAP, or a CFSA, or the candidate’s supervisor. Experience verification may accompany application or be submitted later.
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.
Special Consideration for CIAs, CGAPs, AND CFSAs: Based on previously met requirements, individuals who hold the CIA, CGAP, or CFSA designations are assumed to have met the education, character, and experience requirements of the CCSA program. These individuals will only be required to submit proof of facilitation experience/training in order to meet eligibility requirements to sit for the CCSA exam. (Individuals who are candidates in the CIA, CGAP, or CFSA program are not exempt from submitting CCSA eligibility information.)
CCSA candidates agree to abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA. The Code of Ethics is available on The IIA’s Web site or by contacting IIA Malaysia’s Secretariat.
Continuing Professional Education
Upon certification, CCSAs will be required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments in control self-assessment. CCSAs must acquire 40 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) every two years and report these hours in compliance with CPE reporting requirements. To acknowledge the study time required to successfully complete the CCSA exam, the CPE requirement is waived for the year is passed and for the subsequent year. More information on CPE requirements and reporting is available on The IIA’s Web site.
Candidates must be individual member of The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia and must agree to abide by The IIA’s Code of Ethics, and CCSAs practicing as internal auditors must comply with The IIA’s Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.