Hi guys, Many times students contact us regarding CIA Vs CISA and which certification is is good for them. Most of people are really very confused and totally unaware of the differences between both certifications. In order to clear the differences between both you can have a look on the below information:


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Introduction CIA is more for general purpose auditing. CIA is a gold standard certification in the area of auditing. It gives the general information related to the audit filed and its relation to the accounts. CISA is specifically meant for auditing information system. CISA which is a globally recognized certification in the field of audit, control and security of information systems. CISA gained worldwide acceptance having uniform certification criteria, the certification has a high degree of visibility and recognition in the fields of IT security, IT audit, IT risk management and governance. Vacancies in the areas of IT security management, IT audit or IT risk management often ask for a CISA certification.
Total examinations: 3 exams 1 exam
Exams offered: CIA exams are offered throughout the year. The CISA exam is offered during the months of June, September and December Only.
Exam location: Exams are administered through the worldwide network of Pearson VUE Testing Centers. There is a center in Dubai & Abu Dhabi. Exams are conducted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi but the location is disclosed before the examination.
Eligibility requirements: CIA candidates must hold a 3- or 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher).OR Two years post-secondary education and five years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent, OR Seven years verified experience in internal audit or its equivalent. Total three years of experience is required but can also be waived in case of having a specified educational background.
Exam duration: A candidate is given 2.5 hours to complete a 125-question multiple-choice exam. A candidate is given 4 hours to complete a 200-question multiple-choice exam.
Exam mode: Computer based exams Manual Examinations
Course Content:
  • Mandatory Guidance
  • Internal Control / Risk Conducting Internal Audit Engagements
  • Managing the Internal Audit Function
  • Managing Individual Engagements
  • Fraud Risks and Controls
  • Financial management
  • Global business environment etc
  • The Process of Auditing Information System
  • Governance and Management of IT
  • Information Systems Acquisition, Development and Implementation
  • Information System Operation, Maintenance and Support
  • Protection of Information Assets




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