Certifications are a necessary part of developing your professional career. Without them, you risk being held back in your career earning potential, and promotion possibilities.

In today's job market, certifications are becoming more important ... so we are here to help you along the way to getting certified.

Learn more below about the certifications and certification preparation courses cRisk Academy offers, and our philosophy on certifications. While many use certifications as a way to limit the number of people who are certified, we believe the more people with certifications provides more value to the profession and to our organizations.

We think you should be able to earn a certification in 1 to 2 weeks, not 1 to 2 years.

Benefits of cRisk Academy certifications:

  • Taught and developed by world-leading subject matter experts.
  • No educational requirements.
  • No work experience requirements.
  • Get certified in one to two weeks.
  • Accredited by the International Certifications Organization, so you know you are getting a quality certification that is internationally recognized.

cRisk Academy Certifications

All of our certifications are developed by world-class subject matter experts, and accredited by The International Certifications Organization, so you can be assured you receive high-quality instruction from world-class subject mater experts, and these certifications are valid and recognized around the world.

cRisk Academy is proud to partner with Jason Mefford (on the cRBIA), and Amando "Jo" Erven (on the cTQA). Two new exciting certification opportunities.


Develop and improve a risk-based internal audit program. Learn the concepts and process behind using a practical risk-based internal audit approach that you can start applying today. You receive the step-by-step process for how you can implement a risk-based internal audit approach at your organization using the Risk-Based Internal Audit Model™ ... and earn the trust and support of management and your board of directors.

  • Audit Approaches and Maturity
  • Risk Management Basics
  • Risk-Based Internal Audit Model™
  • Coordinating with Others - 3 Lines of Defense, etc...
  • Demonstrating Your Value to Management

It is a simple concept, that starts with one idea: Internal Audit should complement their traditional, required activities with an active role in the organization culture itself. It is all about being a proactive audit function, not a reactive one.

  • Standards of Conduct for Excellence
  • Client Satisfaction and Feedback
  • Audit through Lean Techniques
  • Risk and the Balance of Audit and Consulting
  • Leadership

The history, future, and our philosophy on certifications?

Certifications prove individuals have basic knowledge, skills and competencies in particular topical areas proven by passing an exam.

The problem is many use certifications as a way to limit the number of people with the certification. People assume the tougher it is to become certified, the more valuable the certification is to those who already have it.

They use techniques such as formal educational requirements (degrees, etc...), years of experience, and curved exams (only a % of people can pass each time) to limit the number of certified professionals. Certifications often take years to complete, and tens of thousands of dollars in preparation materials, applications, testing fees and study time.

Traditional certifications are developed through committees, over a period of many years. They cannot keep pace with our ever increasingly changing world. Saddest still, much of the content taught through the traditional certification process is now antiquated and wrong.

We think our profession deserves better.

We believe, people who understand the material, have passed the exam, and maintain continuing professional education (CPE) credits should be able to get certified. Certifications should teach lasting principles, not techniques and detailed practices that become obsolete shortly after development.

We believe the more people that become certified, the more we help the profession and add more value to our organizations.

The internal audit profession is at a cross-roads. Internal Auditors have long provided value, but now face new challenges. Boards are expecting audit functions to be more strategic, agile, and proactive vs. reactive. This is easier said than done.

Great news. We are collecting wisdom from top subject matter experts and developing professional certifications that teach principles that will be relevant for your entire career. Knowledge, skills, and competencies you need to face the new challenges in the Internal Audit profession.


cRisk Academy Certifications

How to Receive a cRisk Academy Professional Designation / Certification?

It's very simple. Register and go through the course. Study for the exam. Score 70% or better on the exam.

That's it. No education or experience requirements. No trickery on the exam. No application or testing fee.

Everything you need to pass the exam is included in the course.

Once you pass, fill out the online application (link also included in the course) and approximately one month later, you will receive your professional designation certification.


How to Maintain Your cRisk Academy Professional Designation / Certification?

Complete at least 40 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) each year.

No annual renewal fee. No need to formally submit your CPE each year. We believe you are a professional and will complete your CPE each year.

We randomly select certificate holders each year as part of our CPE certification audits, so you may be asked to submit evidence of your CPE if selected for audit.


Certification Preparation Courses

cRisk Academy has you covered. We offer certification preparation training for several certifications offered by other organizations.

We believe you should have access to training when and where you want it, at an affordable investment. We realize many of you are paying for your own training, without the support of your organization.

That's why we created cRisk Academy. We take a different approach to training.

With all of our certification preparation courses you get:

  • High-quality instruction from top experts
  • Pass the exam the first time, saving you time and money
  • Watch the course as many times as you like with no expiration date
  • CPE training certificate for each course
  • 30-day money back guarantee

Here is a list of certification preparation course we offer to help you get certified.

  • CIA Review Course

    Training to obtain your CIA Certification

  • GRC Audit

    Training to obtain Your GRC Audit (GRCA) Certification

  • GRC Professional

    Training to Obtain Your GRC Professional (GRCP) Certification