Certification for Bank Auditors (CBA)

Logo of Certification for Bank Auditors (CBA)


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 is 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 Certificate in Internal Auditing for Financial Institutions (CIAFIN) qualification by the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB).


The qualification aims to produce internal audit professionals who are able to:

  • independently and objectively evaluate the quality and effectiveness of a bank’s internal controls and risk management and governance processes, assisting senior management and the Board of Directors to protect their organisation and its reputation
  • assess the quality of risk management processes, internal control systems and corporate governance processes across the organisation and prepare an independent report for senior management and the Audit Committee
  • provide salient suggestions to improve the organisation’s audit practices and add credibility and reliability to the organisation’s financial reports.


  • Staff in audit functions in the bank
  • Managers responsible for internal audit in banking
  • Internal and external audit staff
  • Accountants, company secretaries and legal practitioners
  • Certified Internal Auditors (CIAs) or a professional recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)


For certification pathway details, click here.


Candidates are required to submit the prerequisite supporting documents for enrolment. For full details on documentation, click here.


Members who have completed the CBA qualification will be upgraded to ‘Associate’ status and are entitled to use the membership designation, ‘Associate, AICB’. Click here to find out more.


Click here to view the CBA modules.


Click here for more information on the assessment format.


Click here for more information on examinations.


  1. Candidates are required to be Individual Members of AICB.
  2. Candidates must meet the following entry requirements.
Entry Requirements
Available to individuals who possess:
  • the CIAFIN certification; OR
  • a recognised degree/professional qualification; OR
  • a recognised certificate/diploma with three (3) years of audit or banking experience; OR
  • SPM or an equivalent qualification with six (6) years of audit or banking experience.


  1. All applications for enrolments or exemptions will be processed according to the requirements set out in the regulations.
  2. Applications will be processed upon receipt of full and complete documentation as stated in the Enrolment section.
  3. Approvals for enrolments or exemptions will be granted based on the information/documents submitted and candidates may be contacted if additional information is required
  4. Candidates whose qualifications and experience have been assessed by the Institute will be informed of the Institute’s decision within 10 working days of the application date, upon receipt of full and complete documentation
  5. Where the candidates’ qualifications have not previously been assessed by the Institute, a longer processing time will be required.
  6. Candidates will be informed of the Institute’s decision via email.


Candidates who submit incomplete applications (i.e. applications with incomplete details or supporting documents) will be given 30 working days to provide the required information and/or documentation, failing which the application will be declined.

The documents required are as follows:

Documents Required
  • CIAFIN Certificate; OR
  • Certificate of highest qualification (degree/professional qualification/diploma/certificate/SPM); AND
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting audit or banking experience for non-degree holders

Important notes

  1. The qualification certificates/examination transcripts submitted must be certified as true copies by one of the following individuals:
    • a university official; OR
    • a Notary Public; OR
    • a Commissioner for Oaths; OR
    • an officer of the employing organisation; OR
    • other such persons or agents as may be approved by Institute.
  2. The signatory must sign and date the documents, and provide the following details:
    • name
    • designation
    • email
    • contact number
  1. If the documents are not in English or Bahasa Malaysia, translated documents by a certified translator must be appended to the submission. The credentials and contact information of the certified translator must be stated.
  2. Qualification certificates that are submitted for enrolments or exemptions must be awarded by universities/higher education institutions recognised by the awarding country’s Ministry of Higher Education or its equivalent, or the national qualification accreditation agencies.
  3. Malaysian qualifications should be listed in the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR) or on the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA) website.
  4. AICB reserves the right to contact the awarding institute to verify the authenticity of the candidate’s qualifications.