Last updated on January 23rd, 2021
ISACA CISA certification is one of the top paying IT certifications for many years in a row. It is administered by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) which also offers other certifications like CISM and CRISC. But CISA is the gold standard certification for information systems auditing profession.
But you need to invest a lot of effort and some money too before you get CISA certified. So, what is the CISA certification cost?
There is a little difference between CISA exam fee and CISA certification cost. While exam is only a part of CISA certification process, being certified auditor also means having the requisite 5 years experience and application for CISA certification.
How Much Does Obtaining a CISA Certification Cost?
CISA certification cost includes two costs: CISA Exam fee and CISA application feel. As a CISA candidate you need to be aware of both these costs. The third cost is CISA certification maintenance fee that we will explain at the end. But here is a brief summary of CISA certification cost:
Exam fee: Members = $575 and Non-Members = $760
CISA application processing fee (after passing exam) = $50
Now we look at more detail on the breakup and see how you can save money as well for certified information system auditor exam.
CISA exam cost
CISA exam fee is currently $575, if you also buy ISACA membership which separately costs $135. If you do not get ISACA membership then CISA exam fee is $760 because then you be charged ISACA non-member exam fee.
Moreover, if you register by early deadline, then you get a $50 off on the CISA exam fee. When you get ISACA membership you also have to pay your local ISACA chapter dues which are nominal (about $20) in most cases.
Therefore, assuming that you appear in CISA exam being an ISACA member and you register for exam before the early registration deadline, then your total CISA exam cost comes to around $689 (525+135+20). Please keep in mind that this calculation does not include any CISA training you might opt for. These trainings can cost quite much.
CISA certification Application Cost
In order for you to be able to use CISA designation, there is another step and that is applying for the Certification after qualifying the exam.
You can apply for CISA certification only after you passed CISA exam with a minimum passing score of 450 at the CISA certification exam. Read our informative post on CISA pass rate. You will download the CISA certification application, fill it, pay $50 CISA application processing fee and submit it to ISACA. Once your application is approved, you will get your CISA certificate.
So, your total CISA certification cost will be around $740 ($689 cisa examination and ISACA membership fee + $50 CISA application processing fee). This is with the assumption that you will pass CISA exam in your first attempt.
What are the CISA Certification Requirements?
Briefly, here are the requirements for CISA certification:
- Pass the CISA Exam
- Meet the experience requirement of 5 years in CISA Job Practice Areas (information systems auditing, control and information security.) Experience waivers are available.
- Pay CISA Certification fee and apply for Certification.
What is the cost of maintaining CISA certification?
And after that you will continue to adhere to CISA application CPE policy and Code of Ethics and pay a CISA certification maintenance fee of $85 every year to remain a CISA certified information systems auditor.
ISACA membership is optional but because of all the resources it provides you might also want to continue with it.Without the membership, CISA exam cost is at the minimum $740. This is without the cost you will incur on buying CISA study material.