Certified Identity Protection Advisor (CIPA)®

CIPACertification Overview

The Certified Identity Protection Advisor® (CIPA) designation is a leading identity theft management certification and a registered trademark of Identity Management Institute® (IMI). The CIPA® program was specifically designed to train and certify identity theft protection professionals who educate, guide, and support consumers and businesses with their identity theft prevention, detection, investigation and resolution solutions.

Individuals who become Certified Identity Protection Advisor professionals demonstrate unique knowledge and skill set for solving one of today’s increasing and challenging issues facing consumers and businesses.

Major factors making CIPA® unique in the marketplace include:

  1. Active membership and continuing education requirements as identity theft threats and solutions continually evolve,
  2. Flexibility of training and examination such as length, availability, and format,
  3. Online networking and knowledge sharing to support the efforts of global members with the largest professional identity theft discussion group in the world, and
  4. Leading identity theft blog and newsletter for consumers and employees.

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Who Should Become a CIPA

Professionals who help consumers and businesses manage identity theft risks with their services and products should consider the CIPA identity theft protection training course and designation. Specifically, individuals who might benefit from the CIPA designation include employees of financial services, insurance, health care, social media and identity protection companies as well as organizations such as various government agencies and credit bureaus.

Students entering the industry and professionals who provide their services to consumers can also benefit by becoming a CIPA as they can learn about identity theft risk management and offer identity theft solutions to gain competitive edge within their respective professional fields. Such professionals include tax preparers, office organizers, accountants, attorneys, notaries, credit and debt counselors, fraud investigators, law enforcement members, and others who can help consumers prevent, detect, investigate and resolve identity theft.

Certification Benefits

Identity theft is an evolving and increasing threat to all consumers. As the number of people affected by identity theft and related fraud costs continue to rise, Certified Identity Protection Advisor professionals are increasingly needed to address identity protection challenges. The CIPA program will educate the candidates about the latest identity theft risks and key controls. Therefore, many professionals who are well positioned to help consumers prevent, detect or resolve identity theft, can benefit from the CIPA program by increasing their knowledge, gaining the trust of their employers and customers, as well as validating and showcasing their identity theft management skills with a leading certification.

Businesses which are concerned with the consequences of identity theft such as lost customers and revenues, reduced profits, and negative business image will also benefit by employing certified employees to assess risks and assist their customers. Please view the list of our member companies and corporate sponsors.

Critical Risk Domains™

The following CIPA Critical Risk Domains (CRDs) define the specific knowledge and experience areas for testing and certification:

  1. Awareness
  2. Rights & Obligations
  3. Identity Protection Framework
  4. Risk Management
  5. Theft & Fraud Prevention
  6. Fraud Detection
  7. Consumer Reports & Scores
  8. Investigation & Resolution
  9. Relationship Management
  10. Services & Resources

How to Become a CIPA

1) Become an IMI member, 2) apply to take the exam, 3) use the included study guide to prepare for the exam, 4) take and pass the exam.

About the Exam

The exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions which must be taken online and in one sitting. You must correctly answer 70 questions to pass. Take the short practice exam.

Certification Process

After the application process is completed, you will receive the CIPA Study Guide by e-mail and you will have one year to study and take the exam. When you are ready to take the exam, simply let IMI know and the test link along with the pass code will be sent to you. As the test questions and pass codes change regularly, IMI sends the test information when requested, but you must complete the test within a year of your paid exam application and within 24 hours upon receiving the exam information. Click here for the CIPA exam application.


The CIPA application cost including study guide and exam is $100 for current members. If you are not yet a member of Identity Management Institute®, learn more about membership and group discounts.

Payment Processing

IMI uses PayPal and other third party payment processors to request and process credit card payments after applications are received. Alternatively, candidates may also send a check.

Certificate Maintenance

Certified professionals must earn continuing education, adhere to the IMI code of ethics, and be active members.

For more information about the CIPA program, please download the CIPA program overview document.