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MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES 

Additional details are available under the appropriate certification website page or within the appropriate application or instructions page for the specific application

CERTIFIED MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES:

FULL CERTIFIED MEMBER is a member who has been granted a certification from the IIC based on:

  • Passing of the Certification Examination, or
  • Completion of the Certification via Curriculum program, or
  • Special invitation, and who is a current member via payment of their annual recertification fees,  in compliance with the IIC CPE requirements, and in compliance with the IIC Code of Ethics and the IIC Code of Professional Standards.

Application for Certification via Grandfathering Provision is available both online and via fillable pdf. 

RETIRED CERTIFIED MEMBER is a member who has been granted a certification from the IIC and who has formally requested RETIRED status and is a current member via payment of their annual membership dues at the Retired rate.  Retired members in good standard have all of the benefits of Full Certified Members. Retired members who display the CICA or CCS designation must use the designation “CICA (Retired)” or “CCS (Retired)”. Retired members must complete the Retired member form and submit renewal fees annually on the anniversary of their acceptance into IIC membership. If membership has lapsed, Retired members can apply for reinstatement without prejudice at any time via formal request and compliance with the procedures for reinstatement in effect at the time of readmission.

EDUCATOR CERTIFIED MEMBER is a member who has been granted a certification from the IIC based on passing of the certification examination OR via the grandfathering provision, OR via completion of the publication in a peer-reviewed journal of an article in the area of internal controls, and who maintains a full-time position as an instructor at an accredited university.

 

NON-CERTIFIED MEMBERSHIP AND STATUS CATEGORIES:

ASSOCIATE MEMBER is a non-certified member of the IIC who typically is studying for or registered to take the CICA or CCS Certification Examination or enrolled in the Certification via Curriculum Program. The member will have access to all benefits of Full Certified Members; however, they cannot use the CICA or CCS designation. An Associate Member will be converted automatically to Full Certified Member status with passing of the Certification Examination, or completion of the Certification via Curriculum Program and having met the experience requirements, with official approved by the IIC Nominations Committee.

STUDENT MEMBER is a full-time student, registered in a degree granting program, in a discipline related to internal controls. Student members have access to all of the benefits of Full Certified Members.

RETIRED INACTIVE STATUS is a certified member who has been previously granted a certification from the IIC, and who has formally requested RETIRED status, and resigned from membership in the IIC.  A Retired Inactive Status Member has no rights or benefits. Retired members cannot display the CICA or CCS designation in any form. Retired members can apply for reinstatement without prejudice at any time via formal request and compliance with the procedures for reinstatement in effect at the time of readmission.

INACTIVE STATUS is granted to a member in good standing that wishes to leave the IIC temporarily for some reason but who also wants to keep abreast of current events and who intends to reactive membership within three years. Access to membership benefits are limited. During the Inactive Status, member cannot hold oneself out as a CICA or CCS in any form and must remove the CICA/CCS designation from display. Inactive members do have access to full membership benefits such as publications, discounts on merchandise and access to the IIC. Inactive members can apply for reinstatement without prejudice at any time via formal request and compliance with the procedures for reinstatement in effect at the time of readmission. 

UNEMPLOYED STATUS is granted to a member who becomes unemployed and is actively seeking employment. Unemployment status should be requested no sooner than 30 days before expiration of the member’s current membership period. Once unemployed status is approved, the member will continue to have all of the benefits of membership and may continue to use the CICA or CCS but ONLY for job hunting purposes. Unemployed members will be exempt from adherence to the CPE requirements. Note that members must request Unemployment Status annually at the anniversary of their renewal. Unemployed members must complete the Renewal form and submit the renewal fees annually. Once a member becomes employed, the member MUST notify The IIC within 30 days and request reinstatement via the Request for Reinstatement form. 

TERMINATED STATUS – Any member who fails to maintain their membership in The IIC via payment of the annual dues will be terminated. Members are invoiced annually during the month of the anniversary of their grant and considered past due after 90 days of the due date on the invoice. At this time, the member will be terminated, retroactive to the date of expiration of the current membership period as displayed on the member’s membership card. Terminated members cannot hold the CICA or CCS certification and must remove the display of the designation from any form or display. A terminated member is classified as either Terminated/Suspended or Terminated/Revoked, depending on the time frame as noted below.

TERMINATED/SUSPENDED STATUS – Any member who is identified in the definition of TERMINATED above, who has been terminated for a period of less than three years. Members in this status may petition for reinstatement via submission of the formal Request for Reinstatement, payment of the appropriate reinstatement fee, and payment of the current annual dues. Note that reinstatement is a one-time event and any future delinquency will result in immediate termination and revocation of the member’s certification.

TERMINATED/REVOKED STATUS - Any member who is identified in the definition of TERMINATED above, who has been terminated for a period three years or more. Members in this status are required to reapply for membership and take and pass the appropriate certification examination in place. A formal request for reinstatement must be filed with the Office of the Chairman via submission of the formal Request for Reinstatement, payment of the appropriate reinstatement fee, and payment of the current annual dues. Note that reinstatement is a one-time event and any future delinquency will result in immediate termination and revocation of the member’s certification.

TERMINATED FOR CAUSE – This situation occurs when a member’s conduct, either in a professional or personal capacity, is subject for investigation by the Office of the Chairman. Situations include failure to adhere to The IIC Code of Ethics, Code of Professional Standards, and CPE Policy. Special situations include the use of the CICA or CCS designations knowingly by an individual who is NOT a member in good standing. Terminated for Cause can be temporary or permanent.

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