Apply for CISA Certification 

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Once a candidate has passed the CISA certification exam and has met the work experience requirements, the final step is to complete the application for certification.

Obtain the CISA Application

Important Note

To qualify for CISA certification, a completed application must be submitted within 5 years from the date of initially passing the examination. Re-taking and re-passing the examination will be required if the completed application for certification is not submitted within five years from the passing date of the examination. All experience must be verified independently with employers. This experience must have been gained within the 10-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years of passing the examination.

Individuals taking and passing the CISA exam December 2015 and prior:

  Printable application – Exam passers December 2015 and prior
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  Download application (881K)

  Request an application (sent in postal mail)


Individuals taking and passing the CISA exam June 2016 and later:

  Printable application – Exam passers June 2016 and later
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  Download application (512K)

  Request an application (sent in postal mail)

Please see Application Instructions to the right; and FAQs for additional guidance on requirements for CISA certification.


Additional Waivers

In addition to the experience and degree waivers detailed within the CISA application, there are additional waivers that can be used toward CISA certification. Please note that substitutions and waivers of experience in total cannot exceed 3 years. (If a bachelor’s degree is being used as a waiver when applying for CISA certification, the educational waivers below cannot be used.)

The following degrees/programs can be used as a 2-year educational waiver toward certification:

  • ACCA member status from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) full certification. (No waiver for the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting or the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting both earned en route to becoming fully qualified.) (The CIMA full certification waiver is in lieu of the 2-year CISA waiver for a bachelor’s degree. Those individuals who have a 2-year CISA waiver for their bachelor’s degree cannot also claim the CIMA waiver.)

The following degree can be used as a 1-year educational waiver toward certification:

  • Master's degree in information security or information technology from an accredited university.

Applicants who have earned/acquired other credentials, advanced degrees and/or certificates not listed above or within the CISA application for certification that includes a significant IS auditing, control, assurance or security component are welcome to submit them to the CISA Certification Committee for consideration.

Decisions on applications are not final as there is an appeal process for certification application denials. Inquiries regarding denials of certification can be sent to For more information on the Appeals Policy visit