Can I take the CISA exam with The Knowledge Academy
No. Each delegate will have to make direct contact with ISACA to book and arrange the CISA exam to be taken at one of the following locations - London, Birmingham or Manchester
Can I sit the exam at a time and date suitable to me?
No. The CISA exams are carried out three times a year, June, September and December on set dates. The next exam date is on 8th June 2013. The final registration deadline is 3rd April 2013 which is subject to change. For clarification please contact ISACA directly.
What is the Exam Pass Guarantee?
Our exam pass guarantee gives you confidence that we will support your learning until you pass your CISA exam. We guarantee that you will pass your CISA exam after completing our CISA Class. All we require is for you to take the exam within 90 days of completing the class. Attend all class days and complete all class assignments If you do not pass the exam after the 1st attempt, we will allow you to attend the class again free of charge. Should you fail the exam on your 2nd attempt, you will be eligible to enrol in the class again, free of charge. CISA examination results must be verified to confirm re-enrolment and is subject to availability.
Is this course accredited?
This is an exam preparation course. You will become certified once you pass the ISACA CISA examination
What are the pre-requisites?
A minimum of five years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience (as described in the job content areas) is required for CISA certification. Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained as follows: A maximum of one year of information systems experience OR one year of financial or operational auditing experience can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control or security experience 60 to 120 completed university/college semester credit hours (the equivalent of a Bachelor degree) can be substituted for one or two years, respectively, of information systems auditing, control or security experience Two years as a full-time university instructor in a related field (e.g., computer science, accounting, information systems auditing) can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control or security experience Experience must have been gained within the 10-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years from the date of initially passing the examination. Retaking and passing the examination will be required if the application for certification is not submitted within five years from the passing date of the examination. All experience will be verified independently with employers.
What is the experience of the instructor(s) delivering my course?
All of our instructors have many years experience in ISACA CISA methodologies
What do The Knowledge Academy provide me on the course?
You will receive on the course, The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book, Exam preparation, Certificate, Experienced Instructor and Refreshments
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes you will receive a certificate once you have completed your CISA course
What is a CISA Certification?
A CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certification is a globally accepted standard acknowledgement among Information Systems Audit, Control and Security professionals. Those that possess this qualification are able to demonstrate the skills to measure and assess
What time shall I arrive at the venue?
Please arrive at your training venue for 08:45am
The Knowledge Academy
Certified Information Systems Auditor
The Knowledge Academy deliver this 4 day course to provide you with the required knowledge to sit the professional certification accredited by ISACA for the Certified Information Systems Auditor exam.
There are no pre-requisites to attending the Knowledge Academy Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) course or to taking the CISA exam. The examination is open to all individuals who have an interest in information systems audit, control and security. All are encouraged to work toward and take the examination.
Successful examination candidates will be sent all information required to apply for certification with their notification of a passing score. It is important to note that many individuals choose to take the CISA exam prior to meeting the experience requirements. This practice is acceptable and encouraged although the CISA designation will not be awarded until all the work experience requirements are met.
The work experience requirements are a minimum of five years of professional information systems auditing, control or security work experience (as described in the job content areas) is required for CISA certification. Substitutions and waivers of such experience may be obtained as follows:
A maximum of one year of information systems experience OR one year of financial or operational auditing experience can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control or security experience
60 to 120 completed university/college semester credit hours (the equivalent of a Bachelor degree) can be substituted for one or two years, respectively, of information systems auditing, control or security experience
Two years as a full-time university instructor in a related field (e.g., computer science, accounting, information systems auditing) can be substituted for one year of information systems auditing, control or security experience
Experience must have been gained within the 10-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years from the date of initially passing the examination. Retaking and passing the examination will be required if the application for certification is not submitted within five years from the passing date of the examination. All experience will be verified independently with employers.
Who Should Attend
IT, Finance & Operational Professionals, Internal & External Auditors who are seeking to take the CISA examination and any individuals who have an interest in information systems audit, control and security.
In the preparation for the CISA Examination, we recommend that each participant purchase the following ISACA study materials directly from the ISACA bookstore:
CISA Review Manual
CISA Review Questions, Answers & Explanations Manual
CISA Practice Questions Database
Certified Information Systems Auditor Course Agenda (as a brief guidance)
Information Systems Audit Process
- Developing a risk based IT audit strategy
- Planning specific audits
- Conducting audits to IS audit standards
- Implementation of risk management and control practices
IT Governance and Management
- Effectiveness of IT Governance structure
- IT organisational structure and human resources (personnel) management
- Organisation's IT policies, standards and procedures
- Adequacy of the Quality Management System
- IT management and monitoring of controls
- IT resource investment
- IT contracting strategies and policies
- Management of organisations IT related risks
- Monitoring and assurance practices
- Organisation business continuity plan
Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation
- Business case development for IS acquisition, development, maintenance and retirement
- Project management practices and controls
- Conducting reviews of project management practices
- Controls for requirements, acquisition, development and testing phases
- Readiness for information systems
- Project Plan Reviewing
- Post Implementation System Reviews
Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support
- Conduct periodic reviews of organisations objectives
- Service level management
- Third party management practices
- Operations and end-user procedures
- Process of information systems maintenance
- Data administration practices to determine the integrity & optimisation of databases
- Use of capacity and performance monitoring tools & techniques
- Problem and incident management practices
- Change, configuration and release management practices
- Adequacy of backup and restore provisions
- Organisations disaster recovery plan in the event of a disaster
Protection of Information Assets
- Information security policies, standards and procedures
- Design, implementing, monitoring of system and logical security controls
- Design, implementing, monitoring of data classification processes and procedures
- Design, implementing, monitoring of physical access and environmental controls
- Processes and procedures to store, retrieve, transport and dispose of information assets
The CISA examination is carried out three times a year during the months of June, September & December.
Registration for the exam is 3 months prior to the test date. This has to be actioned directly with ISACA at www.isaca.org
The examination consists of 200 multiple-choice questions within a 4-hour time limit. Exam scores are reported on a scale from 200 to 800. A candidate must receive a score of 450 or higher to pass the exam.
- Exam Pass Guarantee
- The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book
- Course Material
- ISACA Exam Preparation
- Experienced Instructor
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- “This is a course I would recommend without a doubt; it was interesting, fun and all course material were found to be a good read.”By Katie White (IT Consultant) from London
- “The Knowledge Academy provided me with class and fantastic learning methods. Very impressed!”By Helen Bond (IT Manager) from London
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Classroom Based Training
Whilst online base training has many advantages there are also several hindrances to taking this approach. The most common being the lack of direct and immediate access to an instructor. Should you find yourself unable to progress or need clarification on an aspect of your course you would have to start an email correspondence and wait for a reply. This can be incredibly interrupting to your learning, especially if you find yourself motivated, enthusiastic and raring to go only to find yourself sitting around hoping for a swift response from your instructor.
Consequently, this is the biggest advantage to classroom training. In a classroom environment there is an element of teamwork and interaction that online teaching cannot replicate. The fact that there are others around you in the same situation can be a fantastic motivator, giving you instant access to the instructor and the opportunity to take part in debates and discussions about your course, reinforcing what you are learning along the way.
Unfortunately these advantages can pass by some students. It can sometimes be difficult for an instructor to recognise and engage some people, especially those that may be shy or introverted. Those who are more vocal can dominate discussions and potentially drown out the quieter members of a classroom, partly negating the advantages of the social aspect of classroom learning.
The biggest difference between the two, and the main reason that online courses have received a boom in popularity is that unlike classroom training, online courses can reach hundreds to even thousands more people at once in a swift and effective manner. This method ensures consistency in the course content, and for the companies training, a steady stream of data that helps them ascertain what is and isn’t working in their courses, helping them to develop, adapt, and provide a better service moving forward.
Ultimately, the decision of which approach to choose is entirely down to the customer. If you think that you have the desire and motivation to milk every last drop of learning possible from an online course, then it may just be the best approach for you.
However, if you prefer a social aspect to your learning and the possibility to bounce ideas off others in the same position as you, as well as instant and constructive advice from a tutor, perhaps a classroom based approach is the optimal route.
Fortunately at The Knowledge Academy we offer expert training in both approaches to learning. We have an efficient customer service department we do our best to ensure that you get the best result possible from whatever course you decide to take. When all is said and done, our priority is that you receive first-rate training that enables you to move forward better prepared and in a far better position than which you first contacted us in.