Who wants (needs) the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)?

2 Oct


This new Internal Audit qualification (QIAL brochure) was introduced in 2015. About one year on, in Germany, only 1 person is qualified as QIAL:


My little poll from September 2016 indicates that there is very little interest – if any – among practitioners in Germany to pursue this qualification.

Is that different anywhere else in the world? I would be keen on getting a broader picture from the Internal Audit (IA) community. My concern:

Does the plethora of IA degrees and designations dilute the value such certification could have and impair the identity of IA professionals on whom they are bestowed?

Views welcome.


3 Responses to “Who wants (needs) the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL)?”

  1. John Chesshire October 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Rainer

    It is most certainly different in the UK, I’m pleased to say! There has been a much more positive reaction and many more senior internal auditors are going through this qualification than the German experience suggests.

    We have previously had a similar qualification here in the UK and are used to the – potentially more challenging – route to the qualification that the QIAL demands.

    So, yes, more take up in the UK and I think that this qualification is a very good, professional and demanding addition to the IIA (and CIIA) portfolio.

    I do think the IIA should get behind it further and market it more actively!

    All the very best,


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  2. Angel Luis Rodriguez-Rivera CPA CIA CGAP CFSA CRMA CCSA December 15, 2016 at 3:12 am #

    May I suggest to IIA Members that CPAs, whether CAEs or external auditors, are looking at the QIAL as a serious, challenging endeavor to pursue in their goal of attaining leadership roles at major organizations. Angel Luis Rodriguez-Rivera CPA CIA CGAP CFSA CRMA CCSA



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