Write a Study Material Item 


ISACA welcomes practitioners from around the world to contribute to the study materials that help candidates successfully prepare for ISACA certification exams.

Study Material Development Program

The growth and success of the ISACA certification programs can be attributed to many different factors, including the quality of the study materials and resources. ISACA certification study materials are effective because they are developed based on the expertise of our global community.


About Item Writing

ISACA enlists the help of our constituents to develop new study questions, answers and explanations for each certification exam. Members and other constituents submit high-quality items that, if accepted, become part of the Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manuals (QAEs) and Databases.

The purpose of the QAEs is to provide exam candidates questions and testing topics to help them successfully prepare for their certification exam. The questions in these publications are not actual exam questions; they are intended to provide candidates insight into the type and structure of questions that typically appear on certification exams.

Benefits of Item Writing

You have the opportunity to earn CPE hours and honorariums, by simply sharing your expertise. For each item accepted by the Quality Assurance Team (QAT), the contributor receives 2 CPEs and a US $100 honorarium.

Become a Study Material Item Writer

Note: As of 1 January 2015, you must hold the certification of the certification for which you would like to submit items (i.e., a CISA can contribute CISA items; a CISM can contribute CISM items, etc.).

To become a study material item writer, follow the simple steps below:

  • Click on the Apply Now button (below) and complete the Item Writer Application. Please note that you must have an online account to apply. If you do not currently have an online account, once you click Apply Now the system will prompt you to create an account.
  • Review the Item Writing Resources. These resources provide information on:
    • submitting quality items
    • item writing campaigns
    • the item review process
  • Submit your items to the following email addresses to begin the review process.

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You can submit items at any time; however, ISACA will periodically email correspondence informing you of item writing campaigns. If you have any questions or need additional assistance you can reach us at studymaterials@isaca.org.

Item Writing Resources

  Download CISA QAE Item Development Guide

  Download CISM QAE Item Development Guide

  Download CGEIT QAE Item Development Guide

  Download CRISC QAE Item Development Guide

  Item Construction Form