It is the job of the professional internal auditor to ensure that a business or organisation has processes and strategies in place to effectively manage areas such as risk, governance and process control. A certified internal auditor will be able to offer a professional, competent service to all types of organisations including private companies, public entities, government institutions as well as NGO’s.  Auditing and consulting firms will also look for internal auditors to join their workforce.

Choosing to study the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Internal Auditing is an investment in a very exciting future career. This postgraduate diploma is aimed at professionals already employed in internal audit jobs, or those in a finance and business environment who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills.

What do Internal Auditors do?

When looking for the internal audit definition, it’s important to understand exactly what auditors in this specialised field do. They are responsible for key elements and accounting functions within an organisation. Auditors bring a highly disciplined and organised approach to evaluating business functions like operations, compliance, controls, risk and safeguards.

An internal audit career is ideally suited to individual who can work independently and enjoy following objective approaches to analysing and assessing complex problems. Internal audit standards are stringent and are a very necessary part of keeping businesses, organisations and NGO’s compliant and above board.

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Internal Auditing will impart advanced skills and competencies in numeracy management, literacy and articulation. It furthermore familiarises learners with the role and activities of the professional body of internal auditors, known as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and prepares them for the professional qualifications offered by the IIA both locally and internationally.

Why should I specialise in Internal Auditing?

If you seek a career that is highly specialised and much sought-after the world over, then pursuing a career in internal auditing is an ideal one. If you have experience or an interest in the professional practice of internal auditing as well as the competency to manage internal audit activities and perform internal audit assurance and consulting engagements, we recommend you study the postgrad in internal auditing with IIE MSA.

There is a host of career opportunities available to individuals who specialise in this field including:

  • Chief Internal Auditor
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Internal Audit Supervisors in the public and or private sector
  • Other Senior Management positions in organisational departments/divisions.
  • Board members and directors

After a student has completed the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Internal Auditing they will be able to further pursue the Professional Internal Auditor (PIA) designation offered by the IIA South Africa as well as the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), which is an international designation, offered by the IIA Global.

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What are the entry requirements for the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Internal Auditing with IIE MSA?

This program is offered over a two-year period of full-time study and strives to deliver competent professionals to the market, who can assist in addressing the current skill shortage of internal auditors on a national as well as international level. To gain entry onto the qualification the minimum requirement is an appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree which includes a least an accounting or auditing module at a third-year level.

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Why is Internal Auditing important?

Internal Auditing is a specialised skill that is greatly in demand within South African businesses as well as international organisations. It is important because it is a function that keeps organisations accountable and ethically sound. During the IIE programme, in summation, students will learn how to conduct an internal audit of a business or institution, write a meaningful report on an internal audit or related project, solve complex problems while functioning efficiently as part of a group or team and be able to identify and address ethical issues within a given scenario.

More specifically, the qualification will equip the learner with specialised knowledge in Internal Auditing, Information Technology (IT) Governance and Auditing, Fraud Risk Management, Business Governance, Ethics and Strategy, Performance Management and Risk Management.
Successful candidates will hold in high regard their duty to contribute meaningfully to the development of the local and global society and economy.

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A local and global grounding with IIE MSA

When studying the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Internal Auditing as well as other IIE qualifications with IIE MSA, students will be able to learn in an enhanced environment that focusses on creating competent and specialised professionals who can operate in both a global and local settings.

We are a higher education brand of the Independent Institute of Education,  situated in Ruimsig, South Africa. A team of skilled lecturers and subject matter experts create a unique learning experience in which students get both practical and theoretical training to be able to tackle real-life business situations. IIE programmes are aimed at both young school leavers as well as seasoned professionals already working in organisations across a multitude of sectors.

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British Accreditation Council

Our students benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too.

The IIE is accredited as an International Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) since 2014. This attests to our confidence in the international comparability of our standards. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates.

As an accredited institution The IIE is monitored regularly by the BAC and has a responsibility to comply with and maintain the standards required to keep its BAC accreditation. In 2017 and 2021, The IIE retained its BAC accreditation and status as an International Higher Education Institution that complies with BAC standards. This important achievement demonstrates to our students and staff that we maintain world class standards and ensures that students can be confident about the value of their qualifications.

Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer.

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