How To Become A Certified Information Systems Auditor

April 4, 2024

The Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) is a widely-recognized qualification and standard for evaluating an IT auditor's knowledge, expertise, and skill in analyzing vulnerabilities and implementing IT controls in a corporate context. You will need to obtain the CISA certification issued by ISACA to become a certified information systems auditor.

ISACA awards this certification to the professionals responsible for ensuring that the organization's IT and business systems are monitored, managed, and secured. It is presented to candidates after thorough testing, and the application process has been completed. 

Becoming A CISA Professional

Aspiring professionals seeking the CISA certification should follow the steps detailed below:

Step 1: Pass the CISA exam.

Step 2: Apply for the CISA certification.

Step 3: Abide by the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics.

Step 4: Follow ISACA's Continuing Professional Education Program. 

Step 5: Comply with ISACA's Information Systems Auditing Standards.

ISACA Requirements

All CISA candidates must have five years of professional experience in information security auditing, control, assurance, or security, but substitutions and exceptions are permitted. For example, one year of experience in IS or non-IS auditing can be replaced by one year of experience. In addition, 60-120 semester credit hours at a university (or a 2-4-year degree) can be used to replace one or two years of experience. One year of experience can be replaced by two years of full-time teaching in a similar discipline at a university.

Work experience must be within ten years of applying or five years of passing the CISA exam. The candidate must also follow ISACA's Code of Professional Ethics and Information Systems Auditing Standards. The candidate can apply for certification once these conditions have been met.

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