The CISA Exam consists of 200 questions that participants must answer in four hours. To learn about the requirements for taking the exam, and the requirements for becoming a CISA, a candidate should review the material on the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) web site - click here.
On the ISACA web site you will learn a great deal about both the exam and certification, including the fact that more than 60,000 professionals have earned the CISA since inception; so clearly many people agree: earning the CISA is a good career move. You will also learn that the US Department of Defense (DoD) 8570.01-M "Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program" manual names ISACA’s CISA certification among those approved for DoD information assurance (IA) professionals. The directive requires up to 80,000 professionals to earn one of 13 certifications including the CISA.
Domain 1—The Process of Auditing Information Systems (14%) *
Domain 2—Governance and Management of IT (14%) *
Domain 3—Information Systems and Acquisition, Development and Implementation (19%) *
Domain 4—Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support (23%) *
* Covered in the Davis CISA Study System
In addition to the prestige of the CISA as a stand alone certification, there is an advantage to those who plan to pursue The Institute of Internal Auditors' Certified Internal Auditor certification since The Institute of Internal Auditors will allow a person possessing a CISA certification to apply the CISA certification toward Part 4 of the CIA Exam - Business Management Skills - see The Institute of Internal Auditors web site for details.