Certified Identity Protection Advisor (CIPA)™

CIPAIdentity Management Institute® (IMI) administers the Certified Identity Protection Advisor™ (CIPA) professional designation and uses certification standards established by IMI for training and examination. This global identity protection certification is designed to provide adequate identity theft protection training and validate the identity theft management skills of professionals seeking the CIPA designation.

Individuals who become Certified Identity Protection Advisor ™ (CIPA) professionals demonstrate unique knowledge and skill set for solving one of today’s increasing and challenging issues facing consumers and businesses. The CIPA program was specifically designed to educate and certify professionals in the consumer identity theft protection field.

Professionals who help manage identity theft risks through their services and products should consider the CIPA designation. Specifically, individuals who might benefit from the CIPA designation include employees of high risk organizations such as various government agencies, credit bureaus, as well as financial services, insurance, health care, banking, social media and identity security companies.

Students entering the workforce and professionals who provide other services to consumers can also benefit by becoming a CIPA as they will offer additional value to their customers, ensure their client information is protected, and gain competitive edge within their respective professional fields. Such professionals include tax preparers, office organizers, accountants, and others who collect the personal information of their clients.

The CIPA Critical Risk Domains (CRD) define the specific knowledge and experience areas for testing and certification. This international program offers all candidates the option to include US consumer identity protection laws in the study guide, examination, and certification. The CIPA Critical Risk Domains are:

  1. Awareness
  2. Rights & Obligations
  3. Credit Cards
  4. Computers and Internet
  5. Home and Office
  6. Travel
  7. Finances
  8. Passcodes
  9. Classification and Organization
  10. Detection and Resolution


Identity theft is an evolving and increasing threat to millions of consumers which costs businesses billions of dollars. Certified professionals will greatly benefit from this leading identity protection certification by learning, validating and showcasing their identity theft risk management skills. As the number of people affected by identity theft and related fraud costs continue to rise, Certified Identity Protection Advisor ™ (CIPA) professionals are increasingly needed to address identity protection challenges for preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft. 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 their customers prevent, detect or resolve identity theft, can benefit from the CIPA program by increasing their knowledge as well as gaining the trust of their employers and customers. Businesses which are concerned with the consequences of identity theft such as lost customer loyalty and revenues, reduced profits, and negative business image will also benefit by having knowledgeable employees to assist their customers.

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 exam costs $100 for current members. If you are not yet a member of Identity Management Institute®, learn more about membership.

Payment Processing

IMI uses PayPal 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.