Is it necessary to get a CISA?

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  • #198735
    joyflying
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    So I have passed my CPA exams and currently is a non-reporting CPA in MA. I am taking an advisory internship with EY next summer, therefore, I am thinking about getting a CISA. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding the necessity to take CISA after getting a CPA license? Also, what kind of study materials do you use for CISA exam?

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    #750184
    ruggercpa2b
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    There is a thread below that someone else started asking the same. It might be helpful.

    I personally plan on taking CISA mostly because I am in audit and would like to do a mix of financial and IT audits.

    CISA Worth??

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    #750185
    the LAST Coffee
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    joyflying, I remember you a while back. I am glad to hear that you got the job with Big 4! All that worrying eh? (sorry off topic and don't really know much anything about CISA)

    #750186
    Gabe
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    I am taking the CISA in a few weeks. I am in Internal Audit and do a lot of IT audits/IT projects, so it definitely helps add credibility to my testing. It also helps that I know what the IT folks are talking about. Additionally, my boss wanted someone who was more IT focused, so here I am. If it's something you think would help you in your career, go for it.

    ISACA has a CISA book and database, nearly identical to the Ninja software. The exam itself is offered three times a year (December, June, and September). Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

    @rugger when you planning on taking it?

    #750187
    joyflying
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    @rugger Thanks for the info. What textbook are you using?

    @Gabe How many sections are there in CISA? Are there any requirement for sitting the exam? Is it MCQ-based or are there any other type of questions? Is the cisa book offered by ISACA the official book to use? And how long did you prepare for it?
    Thanks.

    @the LAST Coffee Haha thanks. Gotta keep the GPA high still though!

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    #750188
    Gabe
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    @joy Currently there are 5 sections. However, starting June 2016 there will be 6 sections. No requirements to sit. To actually be licensed you need 5 years of experience- bachelor's degree counts for 2, CPA license counts for 1. All MCQs. CISA book is offered by ISACA, as is the database. The test is 200 questions to be completed in 4 hrs. I am not positive how that will change in 2016. Oh, I've been studying since…October. The first 2 sections overlap with audit, the other 3 are more IT specific.

    #750189
    joyflying
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    @Gabe Does each section have 200 questions or the total test have 200 questions? I assume it is the former? Are you planning to sit 5 sections in one sittings?

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    #750190
    Gabe
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    I should have been more clear. It is one test, with 5 sections or “modules.” The entire test is 200 questions.

    #750191
    joyflying
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    @Gabe Ah, got it. Thanks!

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    #750192
    joyflying
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    @Gabe Hi Gabe, does the textbook you talked about contains all 5 sections of the exam, including reading materials and MCQs (and answers)?

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    #750193
    ocarina
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    hi!

    I am basically in the same boat as you except I've already started my IT Audit job.

    I recently got my CPA done and most definitely plan on the CISA. I also plan on the CCNA to hone my computer network skills which has been VERY HELPFUL. It's also only $300 and materials were about $20…. coming from the CPA that was a blessing! If you're interested in security I would also get the CISSP.

    CPA is very valuable, but l believe it's good to complement the skillset with the CISA. Which is also a very easy exam compared to the CPA. 🙂

    #1642058
    Anonymous
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    I know I'm bringing this topic from the dead, but need some help. I just called ISACA to see if a CPA license would count as 1 year of waiver, and they said it wouldn't. 🙁 I currently have a bachelor degree and completed the CPA exams and working on my experience. How are you able to use CPA license as a waiver? Also is the Manual and Q&A books sufficient enough for the exams? I saw the database but it looks the same as the Q&A. How many hours of studying is enough for the exam? I'm used to the 10 hours of studying daily for the CPA exams for 2 weeks straight.

    Thanks so much.

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