Certification for Bank Auditors (CBA)

What is Certification for Bank Auditors (CBA)?

The Certification for Bank Auditors (CBA) is a qualification intended for bankers who aspire to attain further standing and authority in internal audit.

The CBA curriculum has been designed to align itself with the current body of knowledge and deploys an integrated but adaptable framework for internal auditing, providing greater credibility to the present content of audit methodology with an emphasis on IT audit.

The current CBA is an enhancement of the AICB’s Certificate in Internal Auditing for Financial Institutions (CIAFIN).

In order to enrol for this qualification, an individual is required to become an Affiliate Member of AICB.

CBA Module 1 – Internal Auditing for Banking: Concepts, Frameworks and Principles

Module 1 has a comprehensive syllabus to set the foundation framework to help new internal auditors in financial institutions to discharge their responsibilities more effectively. This module focuses on audit in banking institutions. The following areas have also been incorporated in this module:

  • IIA’s International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF);
  • IIA’s International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing;
  • COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013);
  • COSO Enterprise Risk management (2004);
  • Basel II and Basel III; and
  • Malaysian Central Bank Guidance

CBA Module 2 – Internal Auditing for Banking: Applications of Concepts, Frameworks and Principles

Module 2 expands further into the professional practices of an internal audit function in banks. It covers application of the core framework and methodology in Module 1 to risk areas such as Credit, Treasury, IT, Ethics, Liquidity, Strategy, Capital Adequacy and Compliance. A comprehensive chapter on information technology risks and audit gives a view of the risks and cyber threats to banks and the internal controls that need to be in place against such risks.

Programme Fees 

Level 2019 Price (RM)
(Inclusive of 6% Service Tax)
Exam Re-sit Fee (RM)
(Inclusive of 6% Service Tax)
Module 1 CBA Module 1 – Internal Auditing in Banking: Concepts, Frameworks and Principles 1,219 265
Module 2 CBA Module 2 – Internal Auditing in Banking: Applications of Concepts, Frameworks and Principles 1,219 265


a) Standard Route
(Enrolment into Module 1 of CBA)
Candidates must have completed and attained one of the following qualifications/criteria:

  1. Degree holder; or
  2. Certificate or Diploma holder with three (3) years of audit or banking experience; or
  3. SPM or equivalent qualification with six (6) years of audit or banking experience.

b) Accelerated Route
(Direct enrolment into Module 2 of CBA)
A pass in Module 1 is a pre-requisite to Module 2. Candidates must have completed and attained one of the following qualifications:

  1. Completed CIAFIN; or
  2. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or equivalent certification; or
  3. Professional accounting qualifications which are recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) with three (3) years of banking audit experience

When applying to enrol for the CBA qualification via the Applicant Portal, kindly upload the relevant qualification certificate for us to process the exemption.


  1. All applications for enrolment or exemption will be processed in accordance with the requirements set out in the regulations.
  2. Applications will be processed upon receipt of full documentations as stated in the Documentation section.
  3. Approval for enrolment or exemption will be granted based on the information/documents submitted and applicants may be contacted in case additional information is required.
  4. Applicants will be informed of the Institute’s decisions within 10 working days from date of application (upon receipt of full and complete documentation) for qualifications and experience already assessed.
  5. Where the applicant’s qualifications have not been previously assessed by the Institute, the processing time will be longer.
  6. Candidates will be informed in writing of the Institute’s decision via email.


Assessment Structure CBA Module 1 – 100 independent multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in 2.5 hours
CBA Module 2 – 80 MCQs of which 60 are independent MCQs and 20 are case-based MCQs in 3 hours
Grading Pass Grade: 60% – 79%
Distinction Grade: 80% – 100%
Examination Frequency April, July, November

Important Notes:

  1. Training workshops for AICB qualifications are conducted by Asian Banking School (ABS). Candidates are required to check ABS’ website : www.asianbankingschool.com for the latest workshop dates.
  2. AICB reserves the right to cancel, suspend, interrupt or reschedule any examination to another date and will not be liable for any claims, actions, costs, charges, expenses, damages, loss and liability due to the cancellation/deferment of these examinations.
  3. Please adhere to the above closing dates, otherwise AICB will not be responsible for any delay in the enrolment or registration.


The applications submitted will only be processed upon receipt of the full documentations. Candidates who submit incomplete applications (i.e. incomplete details or incomplete supporting documents) will be given five working days to provide the required information and/or documentation. If the candidate fails to submit the required information or complete set of relevant supporting documents within the five working days, the application will not be processed.

Below is the list of documents that are required for the qualification.

Documents Required

Qualification Standard Route Accelerated Route
Certification for Bank Auditors
  • Certificate of highest qualification (Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate/ SPM); AND
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting audit or banking experience
  • CIAFIN Certificate; OR
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or equivalent certificate; OR
  • Professional accounting qualifications which are recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA); AND
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting banking audit experience

Important notes:

  1. Qualification certificates/transcripts submitted must be certified true copy by one of the following:
    • University Official; OR
    • Notary Public; OR
    • Commissioner for Oaths; OR
    • Officer of the employing organization; OR
    • Such other persons or agents as may be approved by Institute.
  2. The signatory must sign and date the document(s) and provide the following details:
    • Name:
    • Designation:
    • E-mail:
    • Contact Number:
  3. If the documents are not in English or Bahasa Malaysia, they must be accompanied by translation of the documents which is done by a certified translator. The credentials and contact information of the certified translator must be stated.
  4. Qualifications submitted for enrolment as a candidate for a qualification or for exemption must be awarded by universities/higher education institutions recognised by the awarding country’s Ministry of Higher Education or equivalent authority or the National Qualification Accreditation Agencies.
  5. Malaysian qualifications should be listed in the Malaysian Qualifications Register or in Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA) website.
  6. AICB reserves the right to contact the awarding institute for verification.