Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Developed and awarded by ISACA, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) qualification is the globally accepted standard of achievement for individuals who audit, control, monitor, and assess information technology and business systems.
A CISA qualification demonstrates an individual's audit experience, knowledge, and skills, and that they are able to manage vulnerabilities, ensure compliance and institute controls within an organization. CISA qualifications are internationally recognized and are consistently listed as one of the most highly sought-after and well-paying IT certifications.
Benefits of CISA
Demonstrates your audit knowledge and practical experience
Demonstrates that you are continually acquiring knowledge to meet the changing needs of modern organizations from an audit perspective
Is the premier, and globally accepted, IT audit qualification
Increases earning potential and career prospects: CISA is a prerequisite for many senior and directorial positions
Provides the individual and organization with increased levels of credibility
Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to gaining value from your information systems
The CISA certificate is awarded to candidates who have at least five years of relevant work experience and who pass a rigorous written examination, which is held only three times each year.
The CISA Review Manual
The CISA Review Manual is the core text for candidates taking the CISA exam. Updated each year, it is also the industry-leading source of information for individuals who wish to understand the roles and responsibilities of an information systems auditor.
CISA is divided into five areas, each of which is covered in the CISA Review Manual and the exam:
The Process of Auditing Information Systems
Governance and Management of IT
Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation
Information Systems Operations, Maintenance, and Support
Protection of Information Asset
It is also advised that any candidate taking the CISA exam purchases and studies a copy of the Official CISA Review Questions, Answers & Explanations. This manual provides 950 multiple choice practice questions, answers, and explanations for CISA candidates. Find out more >>
The CISA exams are currently held only three times a year. To take the exam you must have five years of relevant work experience and must pre-register for the exam directly with ISACA. For more information, please see the ISACA CISA 'How to Become Certified' web page.
2017 CISA testing window dates are May 1st through June 30th
Registration opens: Nov 5, 2016
Scheduling opens: Feb 15, 2017
Early registration deadline: Feb 28, 2017
Final registration deadline: Jun 23, 2017
Exam Center Locations & Registration
The locations of the exam centers for 2017 can be found here. You must register online with ISACA for the exam. Following registration and payment, candidates are sent The Candidate's Guide to the CISA Exam, a document that provides a detailed outline of the subject areas covered in the examination, a suggested list of reference materials to review, a glossary of commonly used acronyms, and a sample copy of the answer sheet used for the exam.
Continuing Professional Education
There is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) policy in respect of qualified CISA professionals, which aims to ensure that all CISAs maintain an adequate level of current knowledge and proficiency in the field of information systems audit, control, and security.
Maintenance fees and a minimum of 20 contact hours of CPE are required annually. In addition, a minimum of 120 contact hours are required during a fixed three-year period.
See ISACA's Maintain Your CISA web page for further details.