Internal Audit Recruitment and Development (IARD) Program

Are you interested in being close to the action, the people, and the data that fuels an organization?

Do you thrive working on agile teams, whose goal it is to examine how things can run better?

If so, then internal audit is the profession for you!

If you are:

Intellectually curious, a good communicator, a team player and a strategic thinker, we want to hear from you!

Overview of Program

IARD is a national program led by the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada to recruit top quality candidates into entry-level internal audit positions, primarily in the National Capital Region, on behalf of federal government departments.

Internal auditors work in dynamic teams on a variety of subjects to provide strategic and independent advice related to an organization's most critical business processes. Since Internal Audit is an independent function reporting directly to the head of the organization, you will have the opportunity to work closely with senior management.

As an IARD participant, you will work in a forward thinking and transformative environment that thrives on and embraces innovation. You will be part of a professional team and hone your skills in a variety of areas, such as:

  • risk management
  • governance
  • internal controls
  • data analytics
  • policy development
  • communications
  • strategic planning
  • project management

You will receive valuable on-the-job and formal training tailored to meet departmental needs and your professional goals.

What you need to know

Benefits of the IARD Program and Future Opportunities

The IARD Program offers:

  • Up to 36 months of training and job experience
  • A development plan designed to help you succeed
  • Access to mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Support towards obtaining your Certified Internal Auditor certification (including paid study leave and reimbursement of tuition fees)
  • The best place to learn about an organization's business and to be exposed to senior management
  • Opportunity for promotion within the program

A career in the federal government means:

  • Flexible hours and work-life balance
  • First-rate benefits and pension plans
  • Unparalleled variety of positions and departments to grow into
  • Ongoing learning and professional development opportunities, including language training
  • An inclusive and diverse work environment

Eligibility requirements of the IARD Program

Applicants must have a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in order to apply.

For degrees obtained outside Canada, proof of Canadian equivalency must be provided before your interview. Visit the website of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for more information.

IARD participants are also required to work towards obtaining a Certified Internal Audit (CIA) certification.

Hiring process

Here is what you can expect at every step of the process. Remember, it is your responsibility to check the system on a regular basis and to keep your profile information up to date.


Applicants must complete two Public Service Entrance Exams. Results from past campaigns are not transferrable. The first one is unsupervised and done online.

Applicants who pass the online test will be invited to register for an in-person test.

For more information on the testing phase, consult the Post-Secondary Recruitment – Exams and Assessment Accommodation page.


An initial group of candidates who passed the in-person test will be invited to an interview either in person or via a web application. The objective of the interview is to assess competencies and personal suitability factors such as judgement, initiative and strategic thinking. It lasts approximately 30 minutes.

As an understanding of the Internal Audit Policy and Directive is considered an asset, candidates are encouraged to review the documents prior to the interview. Candidates may also prepare by reflecting on past situations where they had to demonstrate each required competency.


Candidates who are successful in the interviewing phase will be placed in a partially assessed inventory for referral to departments. Candidates will remain in the inventory until they are hired or until a new inventory is created (currently every 2 years).

Interested departments will be referred candidates for further consideration. Departments may request candidates with the highest marks or those meeting their specific needs.

Additional assessment will include an informal interview with the hiring manager, language testing and security clearance.

Once you have accepted an offer, you will officially become an IARD participant and will be invited to take part in various community events.

How to apply

The IARD Program is part of the Public Service Commission's fall campaign for post-secondary recruitment. Applications must be submitted through during the PSR campaign. The next campaign will be launching in the fall of 2020.

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