CBE FAQs


How will I be assessed?


There are two assessment stages:

1. Written application

You will complete a candidate statement which demonstrates how you meet our competencies. We have provided a template to help you do this. You must also submit supporting details, which include the endorsement of a sponsor and two referees, your CV and an organisational chart. 

2. Panel interview

If you meet the criteria you will be invited to a panel interview.

This stage of the assessment begins with a ten-minute presentation on a topic chosen by the assessors and given to you in advance of the day. The assessors will then follow up with related questions they may have about aspects of the presentation before moving on to a more general discussion where the assessors will consider your evidence in more detail - discussing your submission and exploring the examples you've used.


Do I have to be a member of the Chartered IIA?


Yes, to be considered for Chartered status, you must be a member of the Chartered IIA.  You can apply to become an affiliate member [here]


How long will the assessment take?


The assessment will take approximately 90 minutes and we will contact you nearer the date to arrange a specific time for your interview.


Where are the panel interviews taking place?


All interviews are currently taking place online on the video conferencing platform Webex.


How can I check if I meet the criteria for CBE?


You can check your eligibility here.


I’m a new head of internal audit, can I apply?


To be considered for this route, you must have relevant experience of operating as a head of internal audit, or at a senior level in an internal audit role within an organisation or outsourced provider of internal audit services. You need to have had direct influence over the strategy of the organisation or business unit.

Whilst we do not specify that applicants must have served a precise number of years in post, we would usually expect applicants to have a minimum of 18 months in post as a head of internal audit or three years for an applicant who is in an equivalent senior level internal audit role.


What do you mean by equivalent role?


Please see our HIA definition for reference.


What happens if I’m unsuccessful?


Please ensure you read the criteria before applying as your application fee is non-refundable, but if we feel you haven't submitted enough evidence to be eligible for interview, we will give you some feedback and you can re-apply within two months at no extra cost. 


What if I change my mind, can I get a refund?


We’re sure you’ll take the time to review the many resources available to you to support you in your application process. However, if you apply and change your mind, unfortunately your fee is not refundable.


I still have questions, who do I contact?


​Please email cbe@iia.org.uk