What are the requirements for internal auditor certification?

All but four of the US states require individuals to have completed at least 150 semester hours of college coursework in accounting or finance in order to gain internal auditor certification. This amount of education is usually 30 semester hours beyond a regular 4-year college degree. To complete these additional hours, a prospective certified internal auditor can take specialized classes in internal auditing practices and corporate law and finance. To become certified as a public accountant, a requirement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), internal auditors must also take the Uniform CPA Examination, which is offered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in most US states. Licensed internal auditors are required to take continuing education to renew the certification to practice as internal auditors.