About the CISA credential

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is a globally recognized credential conferred by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) to candidates who demonstrate proficiency in information systems audit control, assurance and security.

Education and experience

CISA candidates must have at least five years of professional experience in information systems auditing, control or security work. Up to three years may be waived.

Note: Candidates are able to sit for the exam at any time; however, they will not be certified until the professional education requirements are met.

About the CISA exam

The Certified Internal Auditor (CISA) exam is a five-domain assessment that measures candidates’ knowledge of information systems auditing disciplines. It is administered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). Upon passing, candidates are given a CISA certification. The exam is administered globally at PSI testing centers both in person and remotely.

Components of the CISA

Duration: 4 Hours

Exam questions: 150 multiple-choice


  1. Information Systems Auditing Process (21%)
  2. Governance and Management of IT (17%)
  3. Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation (12%)
  4. Information Systems Operations and Business Resilience (23%)
  5. Protection of Information Assets (27%)

How difficult is the CISA exam?

The CISA exam is notoriously difficult, and an average of 50% of test-takers pass. The pass rate among first-time test-takers is lower. Thus, we recommend an adaptive course with an exam readiness indicator, like Surgent’s ReadySCORE™. ReadySCORE tells you with 90% accuracy whether you are ready to pass.

How much does it cost to take the CISA exam?

Candidates must pay a $50 application fee. Once the application is accepted, there is an additional fee to sit for the exam. For ISACA members this fee is $575, and for non-members the fee is $760.

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