Internal Audit Certificate

The 9-course Internal Audit Certificate is designed to meet the market demand for qualified internal auditors and the desire by financial professionals and students to increase their internal auditing knowledge and skills. The program is ideal for internal audit managers and staff who want to expand their current career prospects as well as for individuals who are considering a career transition into the field. 

The program’s curriculum provides the educational coursework needed to fully prepare for the globally recognized Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification. In addition, this program provides relevant curriculum for individuals considering the CFE, CISA, CGAP®, and CFSA® credentials.

All candidates completing this program are awarded a certificate that bears the gold seal of the University of California and is signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension. 

Certificate Curriculum

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Required Core Courses (Six Courses

X 423.2 Internal Auditing
X 423 Financial Auditing
X 423.421 Forensic Accounting
X 423.426 Organizational Governance and Ethics
X 423.427 Information Technology (IT) Auditing
X 423.428 Internal Auditing Capstone

Elective Courses (Choose Three Courses)

X 423.424 Government Auditing and Performance Measurement
X 422 Management Accounting
X 190 Management Theory, Policy, and Process
X 429.4 Financial Control of Operations
X 130A Basic Managerial Finance

 Internship (May Be Used As One Elective) 

X 423.42 Internship in Accounting 

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Program Requirements

Students must: 

  • Submit an Application for Candidacy with a non-refundable application fee of $200. Students are recommended to enroll in the certificate after completing their first two courses in the program.
  • Complete nine certificate courses for a total of 36 quarter units, including all six required core courses and three electives.
  • Receive a minimum 2.5 GPA or better for courses completed in the certificate
  • Complete within five years all of the certificate courses.  

Recommended Program Prerequisites

Students are advised to complete X 120A, X 120B, and X 120C Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for many courses in the curriculum.

Transfer of Courses

A maximum of two courses can be transferred into this certificate program from another institution. Courses must be equivalent in course content and unit value to be eligible and must have been taken within the last five years. If courses were taken beyond this time period, students may be allowed to take alternative courses in consultation with the Certificate Programs Advisor.

Degree Transferability 

UCLA Extension courses numbered X 1-199 and XL 100-199 are degree credit courses. To determine if courses transfer to another school, contact the institution to which you plan to transfer.

Available Discounts

Course discounts are available to CalCPA and IIA members as well as to employers who register 3 or more of their employees in a course. View additional discounts


Many courses in this program have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California and may also be applied toward the State of California‘s continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for the licensure of Certified Public Accountants. 

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