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CISA - Training, and much more

Jason Roy
CISA - Training, and much more

Certified Information Systems Auditor is a certification program conducted by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). 


This organization certifies 7 programs namely: 

  • CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • CRISC—Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
  • CISM—Certified Information Security Manager
  • CGEIT—Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT
  • CSX-P—Cybersecurity Practitioner Certification
  • CDPSE—Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer
  • ITCA—Information Technology Certified Associate
  • CET—Certified in Emerging Technology Certification


For this space, we shall stick to talking about CISA. This blog intends to inform you about some known and some new points, about CISA, and the benefits of its training. This program is for those in control, security, information technology, and auditing. Like other exams, it has criteria, exam pattern, number of centers, preparation material. This is an international exam, held in June, September, and December, across global venues. Being a prestigious international exam, entry, and certification isn’t easy, make no mistake. 


The exam comprises of 150 multiple choice questions testing candidates’ competence in: 

  • The Process of Auditing Information Systems; 
  • Government and Management of IT; 
  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development, and Implementation
  • Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Service Management 
  • Protection of Information Assets

This examination is open to everyone with an interest in information technology, systems, audit, control, and technology. 

  • A maximum of one year of information systems experience OR one year of non-information systems auditing experience. (Substitutes one year of work experience.)
  • Sixty to 120 completed university semester credit hours. (Sixty credit hours substitutes one year of work experience, while 120 credit hours substitute two years of work experience.)
  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree from a university that sponsors ISACA programs. (Substitutes one year of work experience.)
  • A master’s degree in information security or information technology from an ISACA accredited university. (Substitutes one year of work experience.) Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Definition”


People with the following titles are advised to for this course: 

  • Internal and external financial auditors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Information security professionals
  • Risk management professionals
  • Information Technology Professionals and management


One of the perceivable rigors of this certification is that you aren’t done just by getting the certificate. ISACA requires you to: 

  1. Train for a minimum of 20 hours/year and 120 hours over three years. 
  2. Paying the accreditation maintenance fees, [$45 for members and $85 for non-members],
  3. Complying with the annual CPE audit upon selection
  4. Adhering to ISACA’s Professional Code of Ethics
  5. Abide by ISACA’s IT auditing standards


Career and life trajectories are like our fingerprints. Still, these are the usual profiles for those who get this prestigious certification:

  • IS analyst
  • IT Security Analyst
  • IS/IT Auditor
  • Internal Auditor
  • Privacy Officer
  • Network Operation Security Engineer
  • IS/IT Consultants
  • IS/IT Audit Managers
  • IS/IT Managers
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Risk and Assurance Manager
  • Chief Information Officer

How the toil to become  a CISA professional is likely to help you: 

  • Adding value to your organization and resume
  • Standing out from peers and colleagues
  • Greater professional, financial, personal and gains in other spheres 
  • Global recognition as an IS audit professional
  • Distinguished understanding of IS audit, guidelines, support practices, and trends


Though there are many platforms providing training for this program, one of the leading companies is Mercury Solutions Limited, founded by Mr. Mehar Ahluwalia at the turn of the century. CISA certification course | Certified Information Systems Auditor


 There are many advantages of being certified courtesy them: 

  • Decades of experience with trainers
  • Mock Tests
  • LMS access
  • Video-recorded class-sessions 
  • 90-95% pass scores

To conclude, certifications are many, but to have an international accreditation is a weight many résumés don’t carry. Doing it from a reputed institute is of even more advantage. CISA and Mercury are that acclaimed/vaunted combination. I hope it proves to be the missing thrust for your career.

Jason Roy
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