Let’s check out the CISA certification cost. Is it worth all the time, money and effort?
Membership fees consists of international dues, local chapter dues and new member fee. Here is the level in 2017:
Although you don’t need to be a member to take the CISA exam, the membership discount to exam fee ($185) is enough to offset this membership fee in the majority of cases.
The following refers to online registration. Mailing and faxing your registration will incur an additional cost of $75.
|2017 CISA Exam Fee||
If you need to defer your exam, there is a processing charge of $50 to $100 depending on when you submit the request.
There is no discount for retakers. Good incentive to pass the exam on your first try!
You need to pay $50 for one-time application fee, followed by maintenance fee every year, as shown below.
Once you fulfill all the requirements, you can obtain the certificate. The annual maintenance fee is $40 for members and $65 for non-members.
CISA exam fee paid at the registration does not include any study materials. The study materials cost anywhere from $40 for a study guide, to $300+ for the official CISA review manual and question database. Please refer to this page for review and comparison.
Here are 4 scenarios. The first two reflects a well-planned candidate who makes good use of the savings, such as registering online and getting the early-bird discount.
The last two reflects a “disorganized” candidate who registers late and without using the online system, and defers his exam.
The difference between member and non-member is small, but the timing of application has a bigger impact:
|Membership fee (median)*||$175||–||$175||–|
|Mail-in application charge||–||–||$75||$75|
|Certificate application fee||$50||$50||$50||$50|
|Certificate maintenance fee||$45||$85||$45||$85|
In conclusion, plan ahead 🙂
With only one exam part and relatively less expensive review materials, your CISA investment is likely the most affordable.
Here is an estimated spending in USD for your reference:
|Exam fees only||Exam fees + review course|
* We take the median of local chapter dues ($40). The total membership fee presented here is $135 + $40 = $175. New members need to pay an extra $10 to join the membership.
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