You don’t need any qualifications to be eligible for the CISA exam. However, in order to obtain the CISA certification, candidates must fulfill the working experience requirements.
You can take the exam first and accumulate the experience later, but bear in mind that the certification cannot be completed without work verification.
CISA Exam Requirements
None. Anyone can take the exam, but…
CISA Requirements Related to Experience
In order to obtain the certificate, ISACA requires at least 5 years of experience in:
- Professional information systems auditing
- control or security
Please check out this page on job practice for more information.
CISA Exemptions and Waivers
1. The following work experience can substitute 1 year of the above:
- 1 year in information system
- 1 year in non-IS auditing
- 2 years as a full-time university instructor in a related field (e.g., computer science, accounting, information systems auditing)
2. These education credits can waive 1 year of relevant experience:
- 60 credit hours (2-year degree) from university
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university that enforces the ISACA-sponsored Model Curricula
- A master’s degree in information security or information technology from an accredited university.
3. These degree/programs can waive 2 years of relevant experience:
- 120 credit hours (4-year degree) from university
- ACCA (member status)
- CIMA full certification
4. Other relevant degrees/programs:
If you have obtained other degrees, qualifications and credentials with significant IS auditing, control, assurance or security component, you can submit the case to the CISA Certification Committee for consideration.
How the Waivers Work
You can only substitute 1 year of experience with another type of work, and you can waive anther 2 years of experience with a 4-year degree.
Therefore, the maximum substitution / waiver you can get is 3 years.
Important Note on CISA Requirements
You must obtain the work experience within 10 years preceding the application, or within 5 years of passing the CISA exam.