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Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)

The Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) certification program is designed especially for auditors working in the public sector at all levels.

Drive With Public Interest

Public sector auditors have unique needs. From budget constraints to political and public pressures, government auditors face a variety of challenges every day. The Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) program is designed especially for auditors working in the public sector at all levels.

Earning the CGAP closes any government audit knowledge gaps and can:

  • Prove commitment to advancing in this competitive niche.
  • Showcase understanding of public sector audit processes.
  • Help you gain credibility and respect in the field.
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • Increase your earning potential by up to 51 percent.*

Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) Eligibility Requirements

Candidates in the CGAP 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).

Requirements

CGAP 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.

Education

Candidates must hold an Associate's degree or higher to be approved into one of The IIA’s certification programs. Common equivalents are a Foundation Degree, Diploma of Higher Education, or Higher National Diploma.

Acceptable Documents:

  • Copy of your degree or official transcripts (if your name has changed since you earned your degree, you must also include your legal name change document)
  • Letter from university confirming degree
  • Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level

The IIA offers an alternate path to eligibility for candidates who do not possess the minimum education requirements. Candidates may now become eligible for the CGAP, subject to approval, who possess seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent.

Download the Certification Education Requirement Exceptions FAQ and Application

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portaland upload your form(s) there. Submit the document type as Educational.

Character Reference

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

Character Reference Form

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portaland upload your form there. Submit the document type as Character Reference.

Work Experience

Experience for the IIA’s certification programs is based on the maximum level of education achieved. The work experience requirements for the CGAP program are:

Education Level​ ​Years of Work Experience Required
​Master’s Degree (or equivalent) ​12 months - government environment (federal, state/provincial, local, quasi-governmental areas, authority/crown corporation) auditing experience
​Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) ​24 months - government environment (federal, state/provincial, local, quasi-governmental areas, authority/crown corporation) auditing experience
​Associate’s Degree, A-Level Certificate (or equivalent) ​60 months - government environment (federal, state/provincial, local, quasi-governmental areas, authority/crown corporation) auditing experience

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.

Download and complete the Experience Verification Form. Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portal and upload your form(s) there. Submit the document type as Professional Experience.

Experience Verification Form

Proof of Identification

Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or national identity card. These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted. All documents must be scanned and uploaded through the Document Upload Portal in a manner that ensures the photo is clearly legible.

Once you have completed the form, please access the Certification Document Upload Portaland upload your form(s) there. (Submit the document type as Other.)

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.

Confidentiality

The CGAP certification exam is a non-disclosed exam. Candidates agree to keep the contents of the CGAP exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorized 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

CGAP candidates agree to abide by the Code of Ethics established by The IIA.

Continuing Professional Education

Upon certification, CGAPs are required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments in the government auditing by satisfying CPE requirements.

Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) Exam Preparation Resources

The CGAP exam is a self-study exam and does not require a prescribed curriculum. Candidates may choose their own method of preparing for the exam.

New OnDemand Course: CGAP Exam Prep Program

Curriculum Developed by Tom O’Connor, Public Sector/Government Audit Expert

The IIA added Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) Exam Prep Program to their on-demand course offerings. This self-study option provides 9 CPE credits, can be utilized anytime, and replaces the four-part eWorkshop. The on-demand format provides the flexibility and convenience wanted, along with the government audit expertise needed — to pass CGAP.

Four-Part Program. Available 24/7.

CGAP Study Guide

The IIA publishes a CGAP study guide to assist candidates in preparing for the exam. It is available for order through the IIA Bookstore (powered by the Internal Audit Foundation). The guide provides a general overview of the topics that will be covered in the exam. However, it is critical that candidates perform additional study in areas where their experience or background dictates the need for review. We also recommend that candidates supplement their studying by reviewing the IFAC's International Standards on Auditing and the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Code of Ethics and Auditing Standards. Candidates taking the US version of the CGAP exam should also study the U.S. Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS/Yellow Book) in preparation for the exam.

Other CGAP Study Materials

The IIA Bookstore offers the following books on government auditing. While these books are not written as CGAP study guides, they may assist candidates in preparing for the exam.

Performance Auditing: Measuring Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes by Ronell B. Raaum, Stephen L. Morgan, and Colleen G. Waring​

Sample CGAP Exam Questions

The IIA provides a limited number of sample CGAP exam questions (with answers) to give candidates an understanding of the types of questions that typically appear on the CGAP exam.

Certified Government Auditing Professional® (CGAP®) Exam Syllabus

The CGAP exam includes 115 multiple-choice questions, covers four domains, and requires a completion time of two hours and fifty-five minutes. The exam includes questions on International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Government Auditing Standards. Candidates who registered to take the exam in the United States will receive a local version of the exam with questions on U.S. Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS/Yellow Book).

P = Candidates must exhibit proficiency (thorough understanding; ability to apply concepts) in these topic areas.

A = Candidates must exhibit awareness (knowledge of terminology and fundamentals) in these topic areas.

Standards tested on the CGAP exam:

Additional standards tested on the CGAP exam for candidates taking the exam in the United States:

  • Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS/Yellow Book) (P)

Exam Non-disclosure

The CGAP exam is a non-disclosed examination, which means that current exam questions and answers will not be published or divulged.

NOTE: Exam topics and/or format are subject to change as approved by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).

CGAP Exam Domains

The CGAP exam core content covers four domains:

Domain I: Standards, Governance, and Risk/Control Frameworks (10-20 percent)
Domain II: Government Auditing Practice (35-45 percent)
Domain III: Government Auditing Skills and Techniques (20-25 percent)
Domain IV: Government Auditing Environment (20-25 percent)

Sample CGAP Exam Questions

The IIA provides a limited number of sample CGAP exam questions (with answers) to give candidates an understanding of the types of questions that typically appear on the CGAP exam.

Certified Government Audit Professional® (CGAP®) Exam Review Courses

A variety of independent third-party providers offer CGAP exam review courses.

CGAP Review Courses

NOTE: Inclusion of a review course on The IIA's website does not imply endorsement. The IIA is not responsible for errors or inaccurate information included in this listing. The data is claimed to be accurate as reported by the providers.

Information for Review Course Providers

  • If review course providers want their course included on The IIA's website, The IIA will include it as long as no serious complaints are received about the provider/course from the local IIA Institute.
  • When a non-IIA-Institute review course provider is added to The IIA's website, The IIA will notify the certifications chairperson at the nearest IIA Institute(s) and ask the chairperson to contact The IIA if they know of a reason the provider should be excluded from the list.
  • If the non-IIA-Institute review course provider has courses located in certifications agreement countries, The IIA will not list these courses on The IIA's website except at the request of the certifications agreement country. We will notify the review course provider to contact the certifications coordinator in the certifications agreement country.
  • To contact the IIA's Certification Department, please e-mail Jim.Eagen@theiia.org.

CGAP Exam Review Course Criteria for Providers

IIA Membership

In most cases, you do not have to be a member of The IIA to take the CGAP exam or become a CGAP but we encourage you to consider its advantages. There are some countries, however, that do require candidates to be IIA members to take the CGAP exam. Candidates in any of the countries listed on the map located at the top right of this page should contact their local Institute to verify this requirement.

IIA members receive discounts on CGAP review materials and courses and have access to the latest exam preparation resources, networking opportunities, and current CGAP news and information.

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