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Exam Registration & Administration

FAQ Questions:

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  1. What is the next exam administration?
  2. When does registration open for the June 2016 exam?
  3. What is the registration deadline of the June exam and what are the fees?
  4. Can I take the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams on the same day?
  5. Can I change my exam site, language or exam type?
  6. Can I defer my exam?
  7. Where can I find CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC applications for certification?
  8. What are the requirements for CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC certification?
  9. Why doesn’t ISACA currently offer computer-based testing (CBT)?

FAQ Answers:

1. What is the next exam administration?

The next exam administration for the CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC exam is 11 June  2016 unless otherwise specified at www.isaca.org/examlocations.

2. When does registration open for the June 2016 exam?

Registration for the 11 June 2016 CISA, CISM, CGEIT or CRISC exam is now open at www.isaca.org/examreg.

Please note that the CISA Chinese Traditional, German, Hebrew and Italian languages and the CISM Japanese and Korean languages are ONLY available at the June 2016 exam administration.

Information on the available languages by exam administration is available in our Exam Guide at www.isaca.org/examguide, page 3.

3. What is the registration deadline of the June exam and what are the fees?


Early registration deadline:  ended
Final registration deadline:  8 April 2016

Please visit www.isaca.org/examguide. for more details, including fees. Candidates can save US $75 on the exam registration fee by registering online.

4. Can I take the CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams on the same day?

The CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exams are given simultaneously in a 4 hour time frame. It is not possible to take multiple exams on the same day.

5. Can I change my exam site or language?

Yes, changes to the exam site, language, exam type (CISA,CISM,CGEIT,CRISC) or name changes are permitted until 8 April 2016 **. Exam registration changes are subject to the following charges:

11 June 2016

  • On or before 8 April 2016.........no charge
  • 9 April through 22 April 2016....$50

No exam registration changes will be granted after 22 April 2016.

**Please note that all deadlines are based on Chicago, Illinois, USA 5PM Central Time.

For name, exam site, language or exam type changes, please send an email to exam@isaca.org. These changes do not include deferrals.

6. Can I defer my exam?

Candidates unable to take the exam can request a deferral of their registration fees to the next exam date. To learn more about deferring your exam, including deferral deadlines and costs, please visit www.isaca.org/examdefer.

7. Where can I find CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC applications for certification?

CISA applications are located at www.isaca.org/cisaapp.
CISM applications are located at www.isaca.org/cismapp.
CGEIT applications are located at www.isaca.org/cgeitapp.
CRISC applications are located at www.isaca.org/criscapp.

8. What are the requirements for CISA/CISM/CGEIT/CRISC certification?

CISA requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/cisarequirements.
CISM requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/cismrequirements.
CGEIT requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/cgeitrequirements.
CRISC requirements for certification are available at www.isaca.org/criscrequirements.

9. Why doesn’t ISACA currently offer computer-based testing (CBT)?

ISACA is often asked why our exams are not offered in an online environment. It’s a great question, especially given that ISACA members and certifieds are primarily IT professionals. It is also an issue that ISACA continues to evaluate each and every year. There are three primary objectives that ISACA considers when offering exams:

  • Can exams be offered more efficiently?
  • Can exams be offered more securely?
  • Can exams be offered more affordably?

In order to determine whether to move from paper-based testing to computer-based testing, ISACA has weighed various factors including, but not limited to, being assured that:

  • Exam candidates are offered a consistent and suitable exam experience regardless of where they sit for the exam
  • Exam items are properly safeguarded
  • Exams are offered at a reasonable and fair fee

It is clear that there are advantages and disadvantages to offering exams in both paper-based and computer-based formats. Research has indicated that suitable CBT sites are not available in many of the more than 240 locations that ISACA currently offers exams, and many other CBT sites are not viable and secure for high-stakes exams. In addition, we have seen others who have shifted from paper-based testing to CBT increase their exam fees significantly (often by 100%) given the higher administrative costs.

ISACA is proud of the success and demand for our certifications that has been achieved, and is committed to continuing to look at additional options, including CBT, for offering ISACA exams.

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Certification Requirements

  1. What do I need to do if I've received a revocation notice?
  2. Where can I find the CISA application for certification?
  3. Is there a fee to apply for certification?
  4. What are the qualifications to earn the CISA credential?
  5. What does the CISA continuing professional education program require?
  6. Do I need to submit documentation for my CPE hours?
  7. How do I renew my certification and/or report my CPE?
  8. Does ISACA provide discount on certification maintenance (renewal) fees if I have multiple certifications?

1. What do I need to do if I've received a revocation notice?

If you have received a revocation notice, please contact certification@isaca.org.

2. Where can I find the CISA application for certification?

CISA applications are located at Apply for Certification.

3. Is there a fee to apply for certification?

For certification applications received on 1 June 2012 and forward, an application processing fee of US $50 will be required to apply for certification. The application processing fee will support our dedication to efficient and proper processing of certification applications according to industry standards. The fee will also help support the integrity of the application process, which in turn reinforces the strength and reputation of the overall certification programs.

Payment for the CISA application processing fee can be made online at www.isaca.org/cisapay.

4. What are the qualifications to earn the CISA credential?

The CISA designation is awarded to individuals with an interest in Information Systems auditing, control and security who meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a passing score on the CISA exam
  • Adhere to the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics
  • Commit to abide by the CISA Continuing Professional Education Policy
  • Acquire a minimum of 5 years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience (as described in the job practice areas). Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained if certain education and general IS or audit experience requirements are met.
  • Comply with Information Systems Auditing Standards

For further details, click here.

5. What does the CISA continuing professional education program require?

In order to become and remain a CISA an individual must agree to comply with the CISA continuing professional education program. This program requires an individual to earn a minimum of 20 hours annually and 120 hours every 3 years of continuing professional education. In addition, an annual maintenance fee of US $45 ISACA member and US $85 non-member is required.

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6. Do I need to submit documentation for my CPE hours?

Documentation of CPE hours does not need to be provided to ISACA unless you are selected for an audit of your CPE hours.

7. How do I renew my certification and/or report my CPE?

To renew the certification requires earning and reporting CPE hours annually and over a fixed 3-year cycle period and paying an annual certification maintenance fee.

Our CPE reporting system has recently been enhanced and certified individuals are now able to report CPE as they are earned.

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How to report your CPE:

Log in at www.isaca.org

  • Click on MY ISACA
  • Click on MY CERTIFICATIONS
  • Click on Manage My CPE
  • Scroll down, then click on Add CPE button
  • Enter CPE activity information and click Save.

To pay the annual maintenance fee:

8. Does ISACA provide a discount on certification maintenance (renewal) fees if I have multiple certifications?

Yes, for those individuals who renew 3 or more ISACA certifications, ISACA offers a discount on the 3rd and 4th renewal fees of $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

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Exam Content

  1. How long is the exam?
  2. What does the CISA exam cover?

1. How long is the exam?

A candidate is given 4 hours to complete a 150-question multiple-choice exam.

2. What does the CISA exam cover?

The CISA exam covers 5 IS audit, control or security areas, each of which is further defined and detailed through task and knowledge statements. For details, please go to CISA Job Practice Areas.

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Other

  1. How do I request additional information or report an issue regarding a current or past credential holder?
  2. How can I become a CISA Exam Item Writer?

1. How do I request additional information or report an issue regarding a current or past credential holder?

To request additional information or to report an issue regarding a current or past credential holder, please contact the CISA certification department:

Email: exam@isaca.org
Tel: +1.847.660.5660
Fax: +1.847.253.1443

2. How can I become a CISA Exam Item Writer?

Apply online to become a CISA Exam Item Writer.

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