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Certified Information Systems Auditor | (CISA)

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CISA is a globally recognized certification meticulously designed for the professionals responsible for monitoring, managing, and protecting an organization’s IT and business environment. The CISA certification training course validates the certification holder’s skills and expertise to assess vulnerabilities, report compliance issues, and successfully implement IT security controls for an organization.

Why this course ?

Please note that objective of this course is to support and supplement the content of the ISACA's official resources. This course is not meant to replace CISA Review Manual and Question, Answer and Explanation Manual. Candidates are strongly advised to use ISACA's official resource as prime resource to study for CISA exam. This course will help you to decipher the technicities used in official resources.


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The CISA is a globally reputed certification for security professionals who audit, monitor, and assess organizations’ information systems and business operations. The certification showcases the candidate’s auditing experience, knowledge, and skills to evaluate vulnerabilities, report on compliance, and institute controls within the enterprise. Organizations require audit professionals who possess the knowledge and expertise to identify critical issues and security challenges. The skills and practices that CISA promotes and evaluates are the building blocks of success in the field. Possessing the CISA demonstrates proficiency and is the basis for measurement in the profession.

The CISA examination is a four-hour (240 minutes) exam consisting of 150 multiple choice questions.

  • Computer-Based Testing Locations
  • CISA exams are administered at 1,300 PSI locations across the world and in ten languages.

Yes. Answers can reviewed.
Flag questions you want to review before your exam time is over.

  • Preliminary result (pass or not pass) is available on the screen immediately after the completion of your exam.
  • Official score will be emailed and available online within 10 business days from the date that candidates take the exam.
  • Successful candidates receive details on how to apply for certification.
  • Result is not available on phone or fax to maintain the privacy.

Yes, but candidates do not need to go through the eligibility application process again.

  • Pass the CISA Exam within the last 5 years.
  • minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in information systems auditing, control or security.
  • Substitutes to work experience may be applied for a maximum of 3 of the 5 required years.
  • Submit the CISA Certification Application including Application Processing Fee.

  • Pass the CISA examination
  • Submit an application for CISA certification
  • Adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics
  • Adherence to the Continuing Professional Education Program
  • Compliance with the Information Systems Auditing Standards

  • CISA certification is one of the most recognized credentials and acts as a global standard for Business Systems and Information technology for professional who audit, access and control data.
  • It validates a candidate’s proficiency, skills, experience, and knowledge including valid competency in managing vulnerabilities, ensuring compliance, instituting content and Information Security monitoring and Auditing job responsibilities.
  • CISA exam tests the users understanding of the job practices more than theoretical knowledge.
  • Anyone with a minimum five years of professional work experience in information systems, auditing, and/or security can take up the exam.

  • Member: US$575
  • Non Member Fee: US$760

On 200-800 point scale, ISACA has set 450 as the passing mark for the exams.

  • A scaled score is a conversion of the raw score on an exam to a common scale.
  • Please note that the exam score is not based on an arithmetic or percent average. For example, if all 150 questions are answered correctly, the scaled score is 800, a perfect score; a scaled score of 200 is the lowest score possible when only a small number of questions are answered correctly.
  • Scaled score of 450 or higher must be achieved to pass the exam.

A score of 450 represents a minimum consistent standard of knowledge as established for the exam by the respective ISACA Certification Committee.

  • A US$50 application processing fee is required for all
  • submissions.
  • The application fee is a one-time, non-refundable payment.

  • Yes, candidates are allowed to take one each of CISA, CRISC, CISM and CGEIT within the same window.
  • Candidates may NOT take the same certification exam more than one time within a window

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  • Maintaining your CISA Certification means maintaining an adequate level of current knowledge and proficiency in the field of information systems audit, control and security.
  • The CISA CPE policy requires the attainment of CPE hours over an annual and three-year certification period. CISAs must comply with the following requirements to retain certification:
  • Earn and report an annual minimum of twenty (20) CPE hours. These hours must be appropriate to the currency or advancement of the CISA’s knowledge or ability to perform CISA-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.
  • Earn and report a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) CPE hours for a three-year reporting cycle period.
  • Pay the CISA annual maintenance fee
  • Comply with the annual CPE audit if selected
  • Comply with ISACA’s Code of Professional Ethics
  • Abide by ISACA’s IT auditing standards

Failure to comply with these certification requirements will result in the revocation of an individual’s CISA designation. In addition, as all certificates are owned by ISACA, if revoked, the certificate must be destroyed immediately.

  • Candidates can register online anytime for the CISA certification exam.
  • Registration and payment will be valid for 365days/12 months from the date of online registration.
  • Payment is mandatory before scheduling the exam.
  • Candidates can schedule their exam for any available date/time/location within their 365-day eligibility period.
  • Exam can be rescheduled within 365 days eligibility period. But it must be done more than 48 hours prior to the original scheduled testing appointment.
  • Candidates must take the exam if they are within 48 hours of scheduled testing appointment or their registration fee will be forfeited.

To earn CISA certification, candidates need to:

  • Submit the complete application within five years from the date of initially passing the examination
  • Get all the listed experience verified by the employers.
  • The experience should have been gained within the 10-year period preceding the date of application, or within five years of passing the examination.

To help candidates meet the CISA work experience requirements, ISACA allows candidates to substitute up to 3 years of the CISA work experience requirement’s 5 years with various options.

  • CISA Review Manual (CRM) offered by ISACA, has all the relevant course content good enough to help the aspirants to crack CISA exam. Make a habit to read it religiously. This Manual is treated as the best guide for self study.
  • Practice questions can easily be picked up from ISACA’s Review Questions Database. It is an online source which not only has questions but also answers and explanation of those answers.
  • In addition to these candidates can join boot camps/ online training offered by Infosec Train for CISA Certification exam.
  • CISA Course at Infosec Train are aligned with the latest 2019 CISA job Practices

Free exam retake terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions: 
Simplilearn offers Exam Pass Guarantee to our students who complete our course training. Simplilearn uses top learning methodologies to equip learners with the knowledge and confidence to pass the CISA exam in the first attempt. If you do not pass the CISA exam at the first attempt, Simplilearn will provide you one free exam retake.


To ensure your success, we strongly recommend that you take the CISA exam within a week of the course completion date—or a maximum of 45 days from the completion of the online training. This way, the course materials will be fresh in your mind.

Exam Attempts:

AttemptTime FrameResultFree Exam Retake
FirstWithin 6 months (180 days) from enrollment dateDid Not PassYes

Exam Pass Guarantee:
If you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, Simplilearn will provide you one free exam retake.  You must submit a copy of your scorecard.  

Terms and Conditions for qualifying:

This money-back guarantee applies only to Simplilearn’s CISA blended learning. The guarantee is valid only for participants who have paid the entire enrollment fee.

The guarantee becomes void if:

  • Participants do not take the CISA examination within 45 days of unlocking the certificate.
  • Participants do not maintain 100% attendance during the training sessions.
  • Participants fail to score at least 80% in at least 2 simulation tests available at lms.Simplilearn.com
  • Participants fail to book their exam within 6 months from the date of enrollment 
  • Participants do not follow the instructions of the trainer and do not complete the exercises given during the training.
  • Participants do not submit the required documents to Simplilearn.
  • Participants failed to request a refund within 15 days of receiving their results 

Terms and Conditions: 
Our training comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. Simplilearn believes in our highly effective blended learning methodology and its ability to provide learners with the knowledge and confidence to pass the CISA exam  in the first attempt. If you do not pass the CISA exam on the first attempt, Simplilearn will refund the course price to you.

To ensure your success, we strongly recommend that you take the CISA exam within a week of the course completion date—or a maximum of 45 days from the completion of the online training. This way, the course materials will be fresh in your mind.

CISA Exam Attempts:

AttemptTime FrameResultMoney back
FirstWithin 6 months (180 days) from enrollment dateDid Not PassRefund full course price

Refund Process:
If you do not pass the exam on the first attempt, Simplilearn will refund the full course price to you. To receive a refund, you must make a request through the Help and Support Forum. You must submit a copy of your scorecard along with the date you completed your online classroom training. Simplilearn will refund the course price within 30 days of receiving all required documentation. We will process the refund using the same method you used to pay for the course.
 
Terms and Conditions: 
This money-back guarantee applies only to Simplilearn’s CISA blended learning. It is not applicable for Simplilearn’s Self-Paced Learning CISA course. The guarantee is valid only for participants who have paid the entire enrollment fee.

The guarantee becomes void if:

  • Participants do not take the CISA examination within 45 days of unlocking the certificate.
  • Participants do not maintain 100% attendance during the training sessions.
  • Participants fail to score at least 80% in at least 2 simulation tests available at lms.Simplilearn.com
  • Participants fail to book their exam within 6 months from the date of enrollment 
  • Participants do not follow the instructions of the trainer and do not complete the exercises given during the training.
  • Participants do not submit the required documents to Simplilearn.
  • Participants failed to request a refund within 15 days of receiving their results 

The system requirements are quite basic:
OS: Windows any version above XP SP3 & Mac any version above OS X 10.6
Internet Speed: Preferably above 512 KBPS
Headset and microphone which can be used to talk and hear clearly.

You get access to our e-learning content along with the practice simulation tests that help you tackle the toughest of the exam questions. You will also get an online participant handbook with cross references to the e-learning for reinforcement of your learning.

ISACA uses and reports scores on a common scale from 200 to 800. For example, the scaled score of 800 represents a perfect score with all questions answered correctly; a scaled score of 200 is the lowest score possible and signifies that only a small number of questions were answered correctly. You need to achieve a score of 450 or higher to pass the CISA® Exam.

The CISA Certification cost varies between $450 - $760 based on  the mode of registration and if you are a registered member or not.


So you’ve decided you need a CISA Certification. Chances are you’ve familiarized yourself with the CISA certification process with our article on the certification. But what’s next on the agenda?

We’ve put together a list of tips for individuals who are working toward their CISA exam, including how best to deal with this quirky exam, dos and don’ts for success, and important points to keep in mind before taking the plunge!

Why CISA?

According to ISACA, there’s a huge skills gap in the market. The number of cybersecurity job openings far outnumbers the number of qualified candidates who can fill these roles. Why shouldn’t one of them be you?

Companies need audit professionals that have IS audit, control, and security skills. The CISA certification proves that you have all the skills needed to take on an IS security role.

What Makes The CISA Exam So Difficult?

As one of the toughest exams in the IT Security domain, the CISA exam is notorious for being difficult to pass as well as having a low pass rate. Although ISACA, the body that administers the exam, has stopped publishing information about pass rates in recent years, feedback from both successful and unsuccessful CISA candidates suggests the pass rate hovers in the 40 – 50% range.

But the question remains: Why is the CISA exam such a tough nut to crack? Here are a few reasons why:

  • The CISA is a paper-based test. Unlike most vendor-specific professional certification exams, CISA’s conventional nature means candidates with little to no experience taking paper-based exams are caught out.
  • There are no official educational requirements to be able to take the CISA exam, meaning casual candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds register for the exam, creating artificial competition.
  • The questions on the CISA exam are often ambiguous and subjective, and many candidates complain sample questions offered by ISACA are vague and not relevant to the standards on the actual written exam.
  • Emphasis on rote learning and memory. A common complaint is that questions on the CISA exam involve recollection of nomenclature and terminology from the IT Security syllabus.

Why Is The Rate Of Failure Higher On The CISA Exam Compared To Other IS Certifications?

While the exam is less difficult than it is commonly perceived to be, thousands of candidates fail to clear the exam on their first attempt. Experts point to a number of reasons for this -  

  • Students with a technical or technological background often grapple with governance and auditing concepts. While technical know-how is important, the ability to audit and manage IT Security processes is a must for the CISA exam.
  • At the other end of the spectrum, aspirants from audit and accounting backgrounds are excellent in these areas but struggle with the technical aspects of the exam. Students from such backgrounds would need to understand the concepts and core objectives of the curriculum.
  • Many experienced students insist upon following their own approach to tackling difficult questions and scenarios on the CISA exam, eschewing the standard approach prescribed by ISACA.

Preparing for the CISA Exam

Here are 14 tips to keep in mind before commencing preparation for the CISA exam!

1. Study The CRM Religiously

ISACA offers the CISA Review Manual (CRM), a one-stop guide for the CISA exam. It is a comprehensive reference designed to prepare candidates for the CISA exam. It provides all the details related to the CISA exam, as well as defining the roles and responsibilities of an information systems auditor. Overall, this manual is the best self-study guide for CISA aspirants.

2. Review The CISA Review Questions Database

Practicing review questions thoroughly is mandatory for this exam. ISACA’s Review Questions Database is a comprehensive online resource of practice questions, answers, and explanations. Members can get 12-month access to the database for $185; access costs $225 for non-members. Get it here.

3. Think Like An Accountant

The nature of the exam calls for aspirants to think like an IT auditor or an accountant, not an exam-taker: because the emphasis is on real-world applications, sharpening your decision-making skills by tackling hypothetical problem scenarios and learning to manage, evaluate, and prioritize multiple tasks well will help you pass the CISA exam.

4. Take Advantage Of ISACA’s Free Resources

ISACA’s website offers a great collection of helpful free resources for professionals preparing for the CISA exam. Here are links to a few -

In addition, Simplilearn has a variety of interesting, informative, and insightful resources on IT Security: dive right in to take advantage of our open library here!

5. Put CISA Blogs and Articles On Your To-Read List

In addition to the CRM and CISA CDs, candidates should also visit other CISA blogs and articles available online to get better insights into CISA exam prep. Apart from sharing invaluable insights from the world of IT Security that may help aspirants tackle CISA questions from recently updated knowledge areas, blogs maintained by regular contributors are also platforms where news and updates about the CISA exam are likely to first break.

Here are some great blogs to bookmark and follow as you prepare:

  • ISACA’s Blogs: For information, tips, and tricks from the source!
  • Risk3Sixty: Maintained by a couple of IT auditors with extensive experience, Risk3Sixty is aimed at professionals working in the IT Security Auditing space. The blog covers several day-to-day issues and challenges you can expect to face as a certified CISA auditor and will help you settle into the auditing mindset.

6. Practical IS Audit Experience

You’ll make the CISA certification experience simpler by gaining practical, hands-on work experience in IT Security. Although similar to financial and resource audits, IT audits have a very different scope, dealing primarily with information. CISA aspirants should have a fair idea of business processes, audit scope definition, audit planning, and reporting.

Even a little exposure to IT Security processes can help: where and when possible, seek out IT auditing professionals or the IT Security department at your current organization to familiarize yourself with the roles, responsibilities, and daily activities of CISA and other Security positions.

7. Plan and Prepare in Advance

Managing study hours and allocation of time by subject areas is essential to be successful when you take the CISA exam. If you are a working professional, planning for the examination 3 – 4 months before the examination is our recommendation. We also suggest that you dedicate at least an hour or two of study on a regular basis.

In addition, we recommend that you tailor your preparation and study plan according to your professional background and level of experience, as follows:

8. Optimal Division Of Prep Time

According to CISA exam prep coaches, spending 35 – 45% of your time on the manual, 15 – 20% on coaching, and another 35 – 40% on simulation exams and practice tests is the recommended way to spend your study time.

9. Adaptability: Keep An Open Mind

In the context of the CISA, one of the best pieces of advice for anyone to take away would be this: unlearning what has been learned is almost as important as learning fresh content. The IT industry is dynamic and ever-changing and, consequently, so are its auditing principles and techniques.

10. Managing The CISA Question Paper

As with many competitive exams, success on the CISA is also a function of how well and efficiently you manage the test itself: a common theme among unsuccessful aspirants is a lack of time to complete the exam, which results from mismanaging the question paper.

By reviewing the previous years’ question papers and mock test questions, you should devise a plan of attack with estimates of the amount of time you want to expend question and subject area so answer as many questions as possible—after all, a successful CISA is expected to think on their feet and be able to make take quick, effective decisions: managing the CISA paper to maximize your score might be a smart first step in your journey!

11. Join CISA Groups And Forums

Participants can join CISA groups and forums to interact with other CISA aspirants and past CISA participants. These platforms can provide both theoretical and practical knowledge on IS auditing and help improve the candidate’s grasp of the concepts and their real-world application.

At Simplilearn, we host a lively discussion forum of our own where industry experts, CISA professionals, and aspirants meet to engage in constructive debate and knowledge sharing. Come join the discussion here!

12. Explore The CISA CDs And eLearning Material

Although a portion of the CISA syllabus calls for rote memorization, acquiring a degree of proficiency and fluency with IT Security means gaining a thorough understanding of the exam’s various subject matter areas. Presented in an easy-to-assimilate, storyboard format, ISACA’s training material is available on CD from the ISACA online store. We recommend that candidates also look to acquire previous years’ CISA CDs, as well as the mock-exam generator that is shipped with CDs.

13. CISA Certification Training Courses

Many accredited organizations offer CISA certification training courses online and in-person. Enrollment and participation in a well-structured and comprehensive training course is highly recommended.

As the world’s leading professional certification training provider, Simplilearn has a network is a leading training organization that offers CISA certification training via a unique blended model approach that includes CISA classroom and CISA online training courses.

14. Brush Up Your Verbal Reasoning Skills

For candidates who are taking the CISA exam in a language other than their first language, several questions on the exam may seem daunting. Open-ended, case-study based multiple choice questions are generally presented with subjective choices that call for verbal reasoning to deduce expectations and arrive at the right set of answers. We also recommend

It also recommended that you download and review ISACA’s CISA Glossary Of Terms to become familiar with IT Security technical terms in English as well as acronyms applicable to the CISA exam.

Although it’s a difficult exam, with proper planning, hard work, and the right guidance, passing the CISA exam on your first try is far from impossible. Follow these tips and make a solid study plan that works for you.

After successful completion of the training, you will be awarded the course completion certificate along with the 30 CPE certificate from Simplilearn.

CISA exam is conducted thrice in a year in the months of July, September and December. To find the exam locations & dates go to (www.isaca.org/certification/pages/exam-locations.aspx)

If you are unable to take the exam, you can request a deferral of your registration fees to the next exam date. To learn more about deferring your exam, including deferral deadlines and costs, please visit https://certhippo.com/

Yes, we do provide assistance for the exam application process. You can state your queries on www.certhippo.com and get them answered along with any other query or concern that you might have about the course.

Our CISA course is developed to deliver a first attempt pass rate of 100%. With a hands-on learning approach, the training not only gives you the confidence to clear the exam but also helps you retain the knowledge beyond the examination.

Yes, you can cancel your enrollment. We provide you a refund after deducting the administration fee. To know more, please go through our Refund Policy.

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Each of them have gone through a rigorous selection process which includes profile screening, technical evaluation, and training demo before they are certified to train for us.  

We also ensure that only those trainers with a high alumni rating continue to train for us.

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