Certification in Control Self-Assessment™
What is the CCSA™?
The CCSA™ is a specialty certification program designed for practitioners of control self-assessment (CSA). Individuals at any CSA experience level will benefit from this comprehensive program. Gaining the required knowledge of areas such as risk and control models - often considered the realm of auditors only - exposes CSA practitioners from all backgrounds to concepts that are vital in effectively using CSA to help clients achieve their objectives.
The CCSA™ examination is available on a year-round basis.
It is recommended that candidates set aside approximately 60 to 80 hours of study for the exam, over a minimum of a three month period.
Computer Based Testing
The CCSA™ exam is available through computer-based testing, allowing you to test year-round at more than 500 locations worldwide. Candidates are able to sit for exams at any IIA-authorised Pearson VUE testing center worldwide, regardless of whether the testing center is located in your hometown or country.
Candidates in the CCSA™ program agree to accept the conditions of the program, including eligibility requirements, exam confidentiality, Code of Ethics, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE), along with other conditions enacted by The IIA's Professional Certification Board (PCB).
CCSA™ candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements for education, character, work experience, and identification. Before a candidate application can be approved, ALL documentation (proof of education, character reference, and identification) must be received and approved by The IIA’s Certification staff.
Candidates must be a member of IIA-Australia in order to take the CCSA™ exam or become a CCSA™ . Click here to become a member.
Education CCSA™ candidates must hold a 4-year post-secondary degree (or higher) or its educational equivalent from an accredited university. For further details, please refer to the Certification Candidate Handbook. Acceptable Documents:
- Copy of your degree or official transcripts (If your name has changed since you earned your degree, you must also include your legal name change document.)
- Letter from university confirming degree
- Letter from evaluation services confirming degree level.
CCSA™ candidates must obtain one year of control-related business experience, such as CSA, auditing, quality assurance, risk management, or environmental auditing. A completed Experience Verification Form is required.
Candidates may apply to the program and sit for the exam prior to satisfying the professional experience requirement, but will not be certified until all program requirements have been met.
Candidates must exhibit high moral and professional character and must submit a Character Reference Form signed by a CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CFSA, CRMA, or the candidate's supervisor.
CCSA™ candidates must obtain at least seven hours of acceptable facilitation experience or at least 14 hours of acceptable facilitation training. To be considered acceptable, facilitation experience or training must meet the guidelines listed on the facilitation validation form. Validation of facilitation experience/training may accompany application or be submitted later.
Proof of Identification (new changes as of 1 April 2014) Candidates must provide proof of identification in the form of a copy of the candidate’s official passport or driving license. These must indicate current status; expired documents will not be accepted.
Effective November 2010, the certification program’s eligibility requires candidates to complete the program certification process within four years of application approval. If a candidate has not completed the certification process within four years, all fees and exam parts will be forfeited.
The CCSA™ exam is a non-disclosed examination. Candidates in the program agree to keep the contents of the exam confidential and therefore may not discuss the specific exam content with anyone except The IIA's Certification Department. Unauthorised disclosure of exam material will be considered a breach of the Code of Ethics and could result in disqualification of the candidate or other appropriate censure.
Code of Ethics A candidate agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics established by the Institute.
Continuing Professional Education Upon certification, a candidate is required to maintain their knowledge and skills and stay abreast of improvements and current developments.
CCSA Exam Syllabus
The required application form is: 2014 CCSA™ Examination Application Form
Exam Part Registration Extensions
30, 60, and 90 day extensions are available for all candidates to extend exam part registrations. The current price structure is below:
- 30 day extension: $75
- 60 day extension: $100
- 90 day extension: $125
An exam registration extension is only available one time per exam part. If your institute has a candidate who is interested in an exam part registration extension.
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