Lynnel is one of our bloggers. She passed her CIA exam recently, and has been thinking about her next step.
In my previous post, I mentioned that I’ll be pursuing specialty certifications and one of them is CCSA.
The reason why I wanted to pursue the certification is its similarity to the CIA exam and also the benefits of the certification. Having said that, I am now having second thoughts for the certification since I do not know if I can use it in the near future.
As of now I am 60 percent sure out of 100 percent, I still need to reach out and ask anyone on their thoughts. If you have suggestions about this certification, please comment below.
What is CCSA?
CCSA stands for Certification in Control Self-Assessment. It is a global certification offered by the Institute of Internal auditors. According to the IIA website, the designation is about the knowledge of CSA fundamentals, processes, and related topics such as risk, controls, and business objectives.
The CCSA exam syllabus composes of six domains:
CIA vs CCSA Certification
If you’re studying for the CIA exam, you will know that there is a glimpse of CSA topic in CIA part 1 or 2. Whilst, risk management and controls are hot topic on CIA exam for the three parts , you can see the similarity of the topics with CCSA above, which are domain (v): risk identification and assessment; and domain (vi): control theory and application.
Furthermore, the topic in domain (iv): business objectives/ organizational performance is somehow similar to CIA part 3’s management/leadership principles.
I talked to one of my colleagues who has the certification. He stated that CCSA is easier than CIA. “You won’t have any trouble on passing the CCSA exam if you are a CIA”, he added. In addition to that, he advises me to use the Mckeever’s study guide and some parts of CIA exam which I mentioned above as a tool for the CCSA exam. I am delighted by his suggestions, as it may take less effort for the certification. In any case, I still need to give my best to prepare for and earn the certification.
Note from Stephanie
Thanks for the introduction Lynnel! It does sound as if there are overlaps between the CIA and CCSA exam. I wonder how many people actually get both certifications, or just either one?
Reference: IIA website on CCSA exam