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Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

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The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation is the undisputed professional credential for IS audit, control, assurance and/or security professionals who wish to set themselves apart from their peers. The CISA certification has been renowned as the globally recognized achievement for those who control, monitor and assess an organization's information technology and business systems.


The content of the exam is continuously modified to reflect changes in technology and practices. Every five years or sooner, a thorough job practice analysis is conducted to determine the tasks and knowledge required of individuals aspiring to become CISAs. Below are the various content areas and examination weighting percentages:

  • The IS Audit Process (10%)

  • IT Governance (15%)

  • Systems and Infrastructure Life Cycle Management (16%)

  • IT Service Delivery and Support (14%)

  • Protection of Information Assets (31%)

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (14%)

Examination Requirements

The CISA exam is a four-hour, 200 multiple-choice question, computer-administered exam. The exam is administered twice per year, in June and December, at an internationally recognized professional testing agency.

Approximately two to three weeks prior to the CISA exam date, candidates will receive both a physical admission ticket and an e-ticket. Tickets will indicate the date, registration time and location of the exam, as well as a schedule of events for that day and a list of materials candidates must bring with them to take the CISA exam.

Candidates will be notified of their test scores via mail approximately eight (8) weeks after the test date. Successful candidates will receive, along with a score report, an application for CISA certification. Unsuccessful candidates will receive, along with a score report, a copy of the new CISA Bulletin of Information.

Designation Requirements

The CISA designation is awarded to those individuals with an interest in Information Systems auditing, control, and security who have met and continue to meet the following requirements regarding:
  • Successful completion of the CISA examination

  • Experience as an Information Systems Auditor

    • A minimum of five years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience is required for certification

    • Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained

    • Experience must have been gained within the 10-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years from the date of initially passing the examination

  • The Code of Professional Ethics

    • Members of ISACA and/or holders of the CISA designation agree to a Code of Professional Ethics to guide professional and personal conduct.

  • Adherence to The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Policy

    • Upon completing the requirements for initial certification, the CISA will be provided with the CPE policy booklet for detailed criteria to be used in developing a personal CPE program

  • Information Systems Auditing Standards

    • Individuals holding the CISA designation agree to adhere to the Information Systems Auditing Standards as adopted by ISACA.

Continuing Education Requirements

Designees must complete a minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) annually, and a minimum of 120 contact hours is required during a fixed 3-year period. Also, designees must remit an annual maintenance fee.

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