Certified Identity Protection Advisor (CIPA)®

CIPACertification Overview

The Certified Identity Protection Advisor® (CIPA) designation is the leading identity theft risk management certification and a registered trademark of Identity Management Institute® (IMI). The CIPA® program is an international certification which is designed for professionals who educate, guide, and support businesses and consumers with their identity theft prevention, detection, investigation and resolution solutions.

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

Major factors making CIPA® unique in the marketplace include:

  1. Registered trademark to protect IMI and its certified members,
  2. Designed to address identity theft risks from a global perspective,
  3. Active membership and continuing education requirements as identity theft threats and solutions continually evolve,
  4. Flexibility of training and examination such as length, availability, and format,
  5. Online networking and knowledge sharing to support the efforts of global members with the largest professional identity theft discussion group in the world, and
  6. 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 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 workforce and professionals who provide services with inherent identity theft risks can also benefit by becoming a CIPA 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 anyone who can help prevent, detect, investigate and resolve identity theft cases.

Certification Benefits

Identity theft is an evolving and increasing threat worldwide. As the number of people affected by identity theft and related fraud costs continues to rise, Certified Identity Protection Advisor professionals are increasingly needed to address identity theft 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 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 registered and international certification.

Businesses which are concerned with the negative consequences of identity theft such as lost customers and revenues, reduced profits, and negative business image will greatly benefit by employing CIPAs 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 areas used for training, 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

To learn more about the CIPA Critical Risk Domains, please download the CIPA program overview document.

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 $195 for current members.

All CIPA candidates must be IMI 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.