Since 1978, the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) program, sponsored by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association ® (ISACA®), has been the globally accepted standard of achievement among information systems (IS) audit, control and security professionals. The technical skills and practices that CISA promotes and evaluates are the building blocks of success in the field.
With a growing demand for professionals possessing IS audit, control and security skills, CISA has become a preferred certification program by individuals and organizations around the world. CISA certification signifies commitment to serving an organization and the IS audit, control and security industry with distinction. In addition, it presents a number of professional and personal benefits.
Today, the CISA program is designed to assess and certify individuals in the IS audit, control or security profession who demonstrate exceptional skill, judgment and proficiency in IS audit, control and security practices.
Being recognized as a CISA brings with it a great number of professional and organizational benefits.
Possession of a worldwide sought-after professional designation.
This includes the following: Accountants, IS Professionals, IS Security and Control Professionals, Chief officers, Information, Systems Auditors, Auditors—(Internal and external) and a wide range of professionals.
Certification is granted initially to individuals who have completed the CISA exam successfully and have minimum of five years of professional information systems audit, control or security work experience. Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained as follows:
Experience must have been gained within the 10-year period preceeding the date of the application for CISA certification or within five years from the date of initially passing the exam. If the application for CISA certification is not submitted within five years from the passing date of the exam, retaking and passing the exam is required. All experience is verified independently with employers via a Verification of Work Experience form.
It is important to note that many individuals choose to take the CISA exam prior to meeting the experience requirements. This practice is acceptable and encouraged although the CISA designation will not be awarded until all requirements are met.
The CISA Certification Board oversees the development of the exam and ensures the quality of its content. Questions for the CISA exam are developed through a multitiered process designed to enhance the ultimate quality of the exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, administered annually in June and December during a four-hour session.
The course takes 6 Months. There are two intakes in a year – The January intake and the July intake.
The training is designed to suit Part-time students. Classes are conducted from 5.30 pm to 7.45 pm. Saturday classes are also available from 8.30 am to 1pm.
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA®) is a leading global professional organization representing individuals in more than 100 countries and comprising all levels of information technology – executive, senior management, middle management and practitioner.
The association is uniquely positioned to fulfill the role of a central, harmonizing source of IT control practice standards for the world over. Its strategic alliances with other groups in the financial accounting and IT professions ensure an unparalleled level of integration and commitment by business process owners