Clarifications and changes to the ISACA certification CPE policies have been made in the following areas: Reconsideration and Appeal, Calculating CPE Hours, Exam Question Development and Review (no limit), and Contributions to the Profession. These modifications went into effect 1 January 2013 and have been approved by the Credentialing and Career Management Board. They are universal and apply equally to all ISACA certifications. Translated version of the CPE policies are currently in process and will be posted once available.
Calculating CPE Hours
Audits of CPE Hours
Revocation, Reconsideration and Appeal
Retired and Non-Practicing CRISC
Qualifying Educational Activities
Code of Professional Ethics
CRISCs who successfully comply with the CRISC Continuing Professional Education Policy will be better equipped to manage, design, oversee and assess an enterprise’s information security.
The responsibility for setting the continuing professional education requirements rests with the CRISC Certification Board. The Board oversees the continuing professional education process and requirements to ensure their applicability.
CPE for Mentoring
Verification of Attendance Form
Related Fees for Maintaining Certification
ISACA members: US $45
ISACA nonmembers: US $85
Individuals who are renewing 3 or more ISACA certifications will receive a discount on the 3rd and 4th renewal fees. For 2014 renewal the discount is $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers.
The CRISC CPE policy requires the attainment of CPE hours over an annual and three-year certification period. CRISCs must comply with the following requirements to retain certification:
- Attain and report a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) CPE hours for a three-year reporting period and attain and report an annual minimum of twenty (20) CPE hours. These hours must be appropriate to the currency or advancement of the CRISC’s knowledge or ability to perform CRISC-related tasks. The use of these hours towards meeting the CPE requirements for multiple ISACA certifications is permissible when the professional activity is applicable to satisfying the job-related knowledge of each certification.
- Submit annual CPE maintenance fees to ISACA international headquarters in full.
- Respond and submit required documentation of CPE activities if selected for the annual audit.
- Comply with ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics.
Failure to comply with these certification requirements will result in the revocation of an individual’s CRISC designation. In addition, as all certificates are owned by ISACA, if revoked, the certificate must be destroyed immediately.
Annual and Three-Year Certification Period
The annual reporting period begins on 1 January of each year. The three-year certification period varies and is indicated on each annual invoice and on the letter confirming annual compliance.
For newly certified CRISCs, the annual and three-year certification period begins on 1 January of the year succeeding certification. Reporting CPE hours attained during the year of certification is not required. However, hours attained between the date of certification and 31 December of that year can be used and reported as hours earned in the initial reporting period.
Payment of CRISC Maintenance Fee and Reporting of CPE Hours
To renew the CRISC certification requires payment of the maintenance fee and reporting of CPE hours. Invoice notification is sent both via email and hard copy invoice in the third quarter of each calendar year by ISACA to all CRISCs.
Payment of the annual maintenance fee can be done online at www.isaca.org/renew. CPE can be recorded as they are earned in the >MyISACA > MyCertification > Manage My CPE page of the web site. Certifieds can also renew by submitting the information on the annual renewal invoice. Payment and reporting of CPE hours is due by 15 January to retain certification.
Notification of Annual Compliance
CRISCs who report the required number of CPE hours and submit maintenance fees, in full, in a timely manner will receive a confirmation from ISACA international headquarters. This confirmation will include the number of CPE hours accepted for the annual reporting period, hours reported for past years within the three-year certification period and the number of hours required to qualify for the fixed three-year certification period. It is the responsibility of each CRISC to notify ISACA international headquarters promptly of any errors or omissions in this confirmation.
Use of CRISC Logo
Individual use of the CRISC logo (on items such as business cards, web sites, marketing or promotional materials) is not permitted because it can imply endorsement or affiliation on ISACA’s behalf of that person’s products or services. However, individuals can use the CRISC acronym after their name (e.g., John Q. Customer, CRISC).
Calculating CPE Hours
One CPE hour is earned for each fifty (50) minutes of active participation (excluding lunches and breaks) for qualifying ISACA and non-ISACA professional educational activities and meetings.
CPE hours can be earned in quarter-hour increments and can also be reported in quarter hours (rounded to the nearest quarter hour). For example, a CRISC who attends an eighthour presentation (480 minutes) with 90 minutes of breaks will earn seven (7.75) continuing professional education hours.
|Educational Activity Schedule
|9:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Less: Two 15-minute breaks
|Less: Lunch - 1 hour
|Total hours of professional education activity
Calculation of CPE Hours
390 minutes divided by 50 minutes = 7.8 or 7.75 CPE hours (rounded to the nearest quarter hour)
ISACA Certification Department
3701 Algonquin Road, Suite 1010
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008-3124 USA
Audits of CPE Hours
A random sample of CRISCs is selected each year for audit.
Those CRISCs chosen must provide written evidence of previously reported activities that meet the criteria described in the Qualifying Professional Education Activities. Please send copies of supporting documentation since documents will not be returned. The CRISC Certification Committee will determine the acceptance of hours for specific professional educational activities. Those individuals who do not comply with the audit will have their CRISC certification revoked.
A CRISC must obtain and maintain documentation supporting reported CPE activities. Documentation should be retained for twelve months following the end of each three-year reporting cycle. Documentation should be in the form of a letter, certificate of completion, attendance roster, Verification of Attendance form (located in this policy) or other independent attestation of completion. At a minimum, each record should include the name of the attendee, name of the sponsoring organization, activity title, activity description, activity date, and the number of CPE hours awarded or claimed.
Revocation, Reconsideration and Appeal
CRISCs who fail to comply with the CRISC CPE Policy will have their CRISC credential revoked and will no longer be allowed to present themselves as a CRISC.
Individuals who have their CRISC certification revoked will be required to take and pass the CRISC exam and submit a completed application for CRISC certification.
Reconsideration and Appeal
Individuals whose certification has been revoked due to noncompliance with the CPE policy and who later appeal for reinstatement may incur an additional reinstatement fee of $50. This reinstatement fee is effective for those reinstated after 1 January 2013 (when the revocation had been outstanding more than 60 days) and is in addition to any back or current certification maintenance fees needed to bring the certified individual in compliance with the CPE policy.
Retired and Nonpracticing CRISC Status
Retired CRISC Status
CRISCs are entitled to apply for retired CRISC status if over 55 years of age and permanently retired from the CRISC profession, or unable to perform the duties of a CRISC by reason of permanent disability. CRISCs granted this status are no longer required to obtain CPE hours. CRISCs in retired status cannot use the “CRISC” or “CRISC Retired” on business cards
Nonpracticing CRISC Status
CRISCs who are no longer working in risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and in the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls are entitled to apply for nonpracticing CRISC status. Requests for the nonpracticing status must be received by ISACA no later than 15 January and accompanied with your annual renewal. CRISCs granted this status are not required to obtain CPE hours, but are required to pay the annual maintenance fee. Once the individual has returned to the profession, they are required to return to active status. CRISCs in nonpracticing status cannot use “CRISC” or “CRISCnonpracticing” on business cards.
CRISCs interested in filing for a retired or nonpracticing CRISC status can do so by contacting the certification department via telephone at +1.847.660.5660, via fax at +1.847.253.1755 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download CRISC Non-practicing, Return to Active and Retired Forms
Qualifying Professional Educational Activities
Activities that qualify for CPE include technical and managerial professional development and contributions to the profession.
These activities must be directly applicable to risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls (job practice) to ensure a proper balance of professional development is attained. CPE hours are not accepted for on-the-job activities unless they fall into a specific qualifying professional education activity. Training in basic office productivity software, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, does not qualify as CPE. Specific activities have annual CPE hour limits. CPE can be reported in quarter hour increments. The following categories of qualifying activities and limits have been approved by the CRISC Certification Task Force and are acceptable for CPE.
Personal Professional Development
- ISACA professional education activities and meetings (no limit): These activities include ISACA conferences, seminars, workshops, chapter programs and meetings and related activities. CRISCs earn CPE hours according to the number of hours of active participation. (See Calculating CPE Hours section). Participation in ISACA chapter meetings will earn a minimum of one credit hour regardless of actual duration. Please note that chapter programs and meetings are not all currently reported to the ISACA database. Please retain proof of attendance.
- Non-ISACA professional development activities and meetings (no limit): These activities include in-house corporate training, university courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, and professional meetings and related activities not sponsored by ISACA. In addition, CPE hours can be earned from certification review courses if such courses advance the CRISC’s risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls knowledge or skills. CRISCs earn CPE hours according to the number of hours of active participation. (See Calculating CPE Hours section). However, successfully completed university courses in related fields, including university online courses, earn 15 CPE hours per semester credit hour and 10 CPE hours per quarter credit hour (semester = 15 weeks of class; quarter = 10 weeks of class).
- Self-study courses (no limit): These activities include structured courses designed for self-study that offer CPE credits. These courses will only be accepted if the course provider issues a certificate of completion and the certificate contains the number of CPE hours earned for the course. One CPE hour can also be earned when a passing score is achieved on an ISACA Journal quiz. Additional CPE can be earned by ISACA members when participating in an online eLearning presentation event sponsored by ISACA (for example: Virtual Trade Shows, Webinars, etc.) For an updated listing of eLearning events, please visit www.isaca.org/elearning. Please note that the ISACA Journal quiz and ISACA eLearning activities can be counted (more than once) toward each ISACA designation that is held.
- Vendor sales/marketing presentations (10-hour annual limitation): These activities include vendor product or system specific sales presentations related to risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls.
Contributions to the Profession
- Teaching/lecturing/presenting (no limit): These activities include the development and delivery of professional development presentations and the development of self-study/distance learning courses related to risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls.. For presentations and courses (all types), CPE hours are earned at five times the presentation time or time estimated to take the course for the first delivery (e.g.: two hour presentation earns ten CPE hours) and at the actual presentation time for the second delivery. CPE hours cannot be earned for subsequent presentations of the same material unless the content is substantially modified. For self-study/distance education courses, one CPE hour is earned for each hour spent upgrading/maintaining the course limited to twice the estimated time to take the course.
- Publication of articles, monographs and books (no limit): These activities include the publication and/or review of material directly related to the risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls. Submissions must appear in a formal publication or website and a copy of the article or the website address must be available, if requested. For books and monographs, the table of contents and title page must be available. CPE hours are earned for the actual number of hours taken to complete or review the material.
- Exam question development and review (no limit): This activity pertains to the development or review of items for the CRISC exam or review materials. Two CPE hours are earned for each question accepted by an ISACA CRISC item review committee. Such activities can be counted (more than once) toward each ISACA designation that is held. Actual hours will be given for the formal item review process.
- Passing related professional examinations (no limit): This activity pertains to the pursuit of other related professional examinations. One CPE hour is earned for each examination hour when a passing score is achieved.
- Working on ISACA Boards/Committees (20-hour annual limitation per ISACA certification): These activities include active participation on an ISACA Board, committee, sub-committee, task force or active participation as an officer of an ISACA chapter. One CPE hour is earned for each hour of active participation. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, the development, implementation, and/or maintenance of a chapter website. Such activities can be counted (more than once) toward each ISACA designation that is held.
- Contributions to the risk management and IS control profession (20-hour annual limitation in total for all related activities for CRISC reported hours): These activities include work performed for ISACA and other bodies that contribute to risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring and the design, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of IS controls (i.e. research development, certification review manual development, Knowledge Center contributor).
- Mentoring (10-hour annual limitation): Certifieds are able to receive up to 10 CPEs annually for mentoring. Activities include mentoring efforts directly related to coaching, reviewing or assisting with CRISC exam preparation or providing career guidance through the credentialing process either at the organizational, chapter or individual level. The mentoring activity must be an activity supporting a specific person in preparation for their ISACA exam or certification career decisions. One CPE hour is earned for each hour of assistance.
Code of Professional Ethics
ISACA sets forth this Code of Professional Ethics to guide the professional and personal conduct of members of the association and/or its certification holders. Failure to comply with this Code of Professional Ethics can result in an investigation into a member’s, and/or certification holder’s conduct and, ultimately, in disciplinary measures. The ISACA Code of Professional Ethics can be viewed at www.isaca.org/ethics.