AIA Professional Qualification: Audit

Studying to become an Auditor

Audit is a regulated profession in the UK offering a rewarding career in a complex and fast-paced field. In order to qualifying as a statutory auditor, you must first obtain a Recognised Professional Qualification, such as the AIA’s. The AIA’s statutory audit training programme will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to succeed.

AIA is a Recognised Qualifying Body under Schedule 11 of the Companies Act 2006 and is regulated by the Financial Reporting Council

Entry Requirements

You can start your journey with AIA if you have a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent.
If you have a degree or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for exemptions from some papers making it quicker and easier to become a statutory auditor with AIA.


The AIA professional qualification is designed to deliver the knowledge, competencies and professional conduct expected of today's statutory auditors.  There are 3 levels within the AIA professional qualification, consisting of 11 exams on the audit route which are examinable in May and November each year. 

Foundation Unit
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Professional Level 1
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Professional Level 2
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Getting Started

To start your journey towards becoming a qualified statutory auditor, you will need to register as an AIA student

  1. Review the AIA's list of accountancy qualifications and decide whether you want to undertake a specialist qualification or start on the AIA professional qualification. 
  2. Review the AIA exemptions database to see if you are eligible for exemptions for prior learning.
  3. Consider whether you wish to study independently with AIA Achieve Academy or through a Study Provider. 
  4. Review the work experience requirements if you are choosing the AIA professional qualification.
  5. Register for AIA student membership (you must maintain AIA student membership for the duration of your qualification journey).

Audit Scholarship

The AIA’s Audit Scholarship is part of a programme of work that ensures everyone has an equal chance of accessing the accountancy and audit profession based on merit, not background.

A number of scholarships are available each year offering financial support to high quality candidates that demonstrate a commitment to obtaining the AIA’s Recognised Professional Qualification.

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Qualifying as an Auditor

Qualification as an accountant is achieved through a combination of study, exams and work experience or Initial Professional Development (IPD); to obtain Associate membership and achieve the statutory audit qualification you need to acquire three years' relevant and supervised work experience, which you can gain your before, during or after study for the exams.

On qualifying, you will:

  • Gain a specialist qualification that forms the basis of your audit career.
  • Have a developed understanding of professional ethics – the new AIA professional qualification has an Ethics paper in the final stage which demonstrates your commitment and understanding of the ethical behaviour.
  • Receive support and guidance throughout your career – on qualification you also gain access to world-class guidance and information to help you throughout your career.
  • Be eligible to register with a Recognised Supervisory Body and undertake audit work.

Before conducting any audit you must register with a Recognised Supervisory Body. Click here for more information about registration requirements. Please note that eligibility requires you to maintain your AIA membership.