CISA Certification – Modules, Eligibility Criteria and Pluses

CISA Certification – Modules, Eligibility Criteria and Pluses


Last updated August 11, 2017


The CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certificate is renowned all across the globe as a standard for Business Systems and Information technology professionals to be able to audit, monitor, access and control data. Being certified identifies candidates for their professional experience, knowledge and skills and further their expertise in managing vulnerabilities, institute control and ensure compliance within the production.

A CISA certification impacts both individual and the organization. Modern enterprises demand information system audit What is CISA Course?

The CISA course is divided into five modules that covers the complete scope of IS audits and review. Each of these modules comes with individual professional credits that get reflected in the final certificate.

  • Module 1 – The Process of Auditing Information Systems

This helps the candidate gain the knowledge required to comply with the highest standards of information systems and provide the best audit practices for the same. For organizations, this would mean thorough control and protection of their business and information systems.

  • Module 2 – CISA’s role in IT governance

Topics covered under Module 2 helps learning to develop sound IS control practices and management mechanisms. Certified professionals will provide the organization with the assurance of best policies, accountability and structures of monitoring to arrive at the desired IT governance.

  • Module 3 – CISA’s role in Systems and Infrastructure Life Cycle Management

This Module covers the processes and methodologies that modern organizations employ while changing or reinventing the infrastructure components of their application systems.

  • Module 4 – CISA’s role in IT Service Delivery and Support

Herein the candidate is required to review the processes and methodologies applicable to different IT systems. Further, it will deliver learning of the IS audit in the event of a disruption. Businesses can gain by expect disaster recovery methodologies and timely resumption of database services, thus minimizing the negative impact on a range of business processes.

  • Module 5 – CISA’s role in Protection of Information Assets

The key component of Module 5 enables a professional to be able to ensure the integrity, availability and confidentiality of information assets while instituting physical and logical access controls and other security measures.


ISACA requires strict professional and academic criteria for candidates wishing to apply for the CISA certification.

The professional criteria require candidates to have a minimum 4000 actual hours of work experience in full time positions in information systems, security experience and controls. However, candidates can substitute a maximum of 1 year auditing, security and control experience with one year full time experience in information systems or auditing. For university instructors, one year of the required auditing, security and control experience might also be substituted with two years of full educator experience.
Educational Experience Waivers

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountant) Member recognition
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) full certification
  • Masters in information technology or information security from a recognized university

What are advantages of having a CISA certification?

The practices and skills required by the CISA certification are themselves the building blocks in this field. The benefits of a CISA certification are:

  • Validates your experience and knowledge in the field
  • Markets and quantifies expertise
  • Demonstrates tactical skills required to crack the examination
  • Global recognition as a IS audit professional
  • Increased value to organization
  • Competitive advantage over peers
  • Credibility in the job market
  • High professional standard
  • High salary

CISA Certification

What is CISA pay scale?

The CISA certification has been globally recognized since 1978. Today, there are more than 106,000 certified professionals and each year the retention is over 90%. In 2014, CISA was awarded as the “Best Professional Certification Program” by SC Magazine. It is one of the top paying certifications as per the 2013 ITSCPI (IT Skills and Certifications Pay index). CISA certificate holders make between $83,677 and $107,342 every year according to the statistics by PayScale. It also states that Security Consultants earn between $67,860 and $106,407 while IS Auditors earn between $59,647 and $82,159 every year. These are currently the highest standards in the market.

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With globalization of business and increasing threats to online database, the demand for expert security system professions is increasing day by day. Recruiters are even ready to pay more than the average standards for the right candidate. Both government sector organization and private commercial enterprises recruit IS personnel and specifically look out for CISA certificate holders. The US Federal Department pays at a median salary range of $94,105 while the wages in private companies strike the average of $85,668.
The difference in salaries can be reasoned by the job location, prior experiences and academic degrees, but it certain is among the well paid job categories.

Expected Job Profiles

The main job description of an information technology auditor is to see that there are no situations of fraud, unnecessary spending or non-compliance with governmental laws and federal regulations. They analyze and prepare reports for management. A CISA certificate holder are likely to designate with profiles like Internal Auditor, Public Accounting Auditor, Information Security Analyst, Network Operation Security Engineer, IT Audit Manager, Cyber Security professional, IT Risk and Assurance Manager, IT Consulting, Privacy Officer, PCI Security Specialist and many more.


A CISA certified professional meets international standards of IT auditing and security management. As it is, there is high demand in the market. Not that the certification is easy to crack, it ensures that the certificate holders have unique capabilities and can work in highly complicated environments.

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About the Author

Eshna is a writer at Simplilearn. She has done Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is a Gold Medalist in the same. A voracious reader, she has penned several articles in leading national newspapers like TOI, HT and The Telegraph. She loves traveling and photography.


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