Institute Eligibility Requirements

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

(a) Certified Inspector General® Program

Applicants for the Certified Inspector General® Program are selected by one of three standards:

(i) Currently hold an appointed position as an inspector general in a public jurisdiction.

OR

(ii) Currently serve or have served as a senior-level staff member in an inspector general’s office, (including, assistant inspector general, deputy inspector general, or legal counsel) who has earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; has ten years of public sector experience performing or managing audits, investigations, or directly related legal functions; and has at least three years experience as a senior-level staff member in an inspector general’s office managing and overseeing audits or investigations.

OR

(iii) Currently serve or have served as a senior-level staff member in an inspector general’s office, (including assistant inspector general, deputy inspector general, or legal counsel) who has earned a graduate degree in Public Administration, Law, or a related field from an accredited college or university; has seven years of public sector experience performing or managing audits, investigations, or directly related legal functions; and has at least three years experience as a senior-level staff member in an inspector general’s office managing and overseeing audits or investigations.

The Professional Certification Board will review the information provided by registrants to make a determination about individual qualifications for the designation of Certified Inspector General®.

The Professional Certification Board of the Association of Inspectors General shall make all decisions regarding interpretations of these requirements and determinations made pursuant to these requirements. The Board will use the following definitions:

(iv) Inspector General shall mean the individual appointed by a government authority to a position designated “Inspector General”; any individual appointed to direct an office with the title of “Office of the Inspector General”; or the head of any government agency with responsibilities and authority commensurate with those typically assigned to offices of inspectors general.

(v) Assistant Inspector General or Deputy Inspector General shall mean a senior level staff member who reports directly to the Inspector General and can fill the position of inspector general in the Inspector General’s absence. Examples of positions that meet this criteria would include the Office of Inspector General’s Director of Investigations, Director of Audit, the Director of Inspections or Evaluations, or the General Counsel.

(vi) Legal Counsel shall mean the senior-most counsel assigned to the Office of Inspector General and reporting directly to the Inspector General.

(vii) Managing and overseeing shall mean managing or administering financial or management audits or investigations. The position must entail decision making authority with respect to the audits or investigations or substantial responsibility for providing legal advice on related cases, and the position share direct responsibility for case outcomes.

Participants are required to be present for all blocks of instruction to be eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination. 

Participants are required to pass the comprehensive exit examination given the afternoon of the last day.

If the participant does not attend all blocks of instruction or pass the exam, the applicant may sit in or audit the next Institute without a fee.

 

(b) Certified Inspector General Auditor® Program

The applicants for the Certified Inspector General Auditor® Program are selected by meeting three standards;

(i) Currently employed as an inspector general auditor or performing the duties of an inspector general auditor in a public jurisdiction.

AND

(ii) Have earned a bachelors or graduate degree from an accredited college or university or have equivalent experience.

AND

(iii) Have one year of specific and documented experience performing or managing public sector audits.

The Professional Certification Board will review the information provided by registrants to make a determination about individual qualifications for the designation of Certified Inspector General Auditor®.

No prerequisites other than the eligibility criteria listed above are required to attend this Institute and no course preparation is required in advance of the Institute.

Participants are required to be present for all blocks of instruction to be eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination. 

Participants are required to pass the comprehensive exit examination given the afternoon of the last day.

If the participant does not attend all blocks of instruction or pass the exam, the applicant may sit in or audit the next Institute without a fee.

 

(c) Certified Inspector General Investigator® Program

The applicants for the Certified Inspector General Investigator® Program are selected by meeting three standards;

(i) Currently employed as an inspector general investigator or performing the duties of an inspector general investigator in a public jurisdiction.

AND

(ii) Have earned a bachelors or graduate degree from an accredited college or university or have equivalent experience.

AND

(iii) Have one year of specific and documented experience performing or managing public sector investigations.

The Professional Certification Board will review the information provided by registrants to make a determination about individual qualifications for the designation of Certified Inspector General Investigator®.

No prerequisites other than the eligibility criteria listed above are required to attend this Institute and no course preparation is required in advance of the Institute.

Participants are required to be present for all blocks of instruction to be eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination.

Participants are required to pass the comprehensive exit examination given the afternoon of the last day.

If the participant does not attend all blocks of instruction or pass the exam, the applicant may sit in or audit the next Institute without a fee.

 

(d) Certified Inspector General Inspector/Evaluator Program

The applicants for the Certified Inspector General Inspector/Evaluator Program are selected by meeting three standards;

 (i) Currently employed in an inspector general’s office performing inspections, evaluations, or reviews in a public jurisdiction.

AND

(ii) Have earned a bachelors or graduate degree from an accredited college or university or have equivalent experience.

AND

(iii) Have one year of specific and documented experience conducting inspections, evaluations, or reviews in the public sector.

Participants are required to be present for all blocks of instruction to be eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination 

Participants are required to pass the comprehensive exit examination given the afternoon of the last day.

If the participant does not attend all blocks of instruction or pass the exam, the applicant may sit in or audit the next Institute without a fee.