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What is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)?

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is the gold standard within the information systems profession as it relates to auditing, control, and security. Issued by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), a CISA certification demonstrates to employers that you have the knowledge, technical skills, and proficiency in all areas of information systems.

How to get a CISA certification

  1. Prepare for the exam: A CISA certification prep course is the best way to refresh your knowledge and make sure you’re prepared on exam day.
  2. Register for the exam: Create an account on ISACA’s website to register for the CISA exam.
  3. Take and pass the exam: Sit the four-hour exam that consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. You must score 450 points to pass the exam, which is scored on a scale of 200 - 800.
  4. Apply to get certified: Submit your CISA Certification Application and the Application Processing Fee ($50) and meet below requirements.
  5. Maintain your certification: CISA certification holders must keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date and relevant through continuing professional education credit hours in the field of information systems audit, control, and security.

CISA certification requirements

  • Successfully complete the CISA examination
  • Adhere to the Code of Professional Ethics
  • Continually update existing knowledge and skills in the areas of IS auditing, control or security
  • Comply with the Information Systems Auditing Standards
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience

CISA certification training courses

A CISA certification training course will give students a working understanding of the following work-related domains to prepare them for the CISA exam:

  • Information systems auditing process
  • Governance and management of IT
  • Information systems acquisition, development and implementation
  • Information systems operations and business resilience
  • Protection of information assets

CISA certification training can be delivered in a number of formats, including self-paced online review, virtual instructor-led training, in-person training, or customized, on-site corporate training. Students will cover the topics listed above and are often presented with sample test questions so they get a better feel for the format of the exam.

Who should attend CISA certification training courses?

CISA certification training courses are designed for anyone currently working in information systems or IT or anyone interested in a new career opportunity within the field. Entry-level to mid-career professionals can showcase their expertise and demonstrate their ability to apply a risk-based approach to planning, executing and reporting on audit engagements. 

A CISA certification is useful for anyone in the information systems or IT industry, such as information security professionals, risk management professionals, or IT professionals or managers.