CGEIT Certification Eligibility Requirements

The Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) provided by the Information Systems Audit and Control (ISACA) demonstrates to potential employers that you are effective in advisory, management, and assurance responsibilities in the realm of governance. In this article, we will learn about the CGEIT Certification eligibility and various other requirements to get CGEIT certified.

CGEIT Certification Eligibility

Certain prerequisites have to be fulfilled before you set out on the path to acquiring your CGEIT certification. To apply for the certification:

  • You must have a minimum of five years of experience in either an advisor, management, or overseer role in the IT domain specifically
  • Along with those five years, a minimum of one year of experience in establishing and managing a framework for IT governance is a must
  • Also, you must have supplementary experience in a minimum of any two CGEIT domains:
    • Governance Of Enterprise IT
    • IT Resources
    • Benefit Realization
    • Risk Optimization

Our purpose is to lead you through the potential of technology worldwide to help businesses, professionals, and their organizations enable innovation through technology. First, let us take a look at the requirements applicants should meet to become CGEIT certified.

Professionals must meet the following criteria to become CGEIT certified:

1. Successfully Passing the Examination

Passing the CGEIT exam is just the first step in gaining the certification. Successful candidates will be sent all the required information to apply for certification with a scoring mark. Interestingly, you can attempt the examination before completing the CGEIT certification prerequisites, and many opt to do this.

2. Submitting CGEIT Application to ISACA

Once you successfully clear the CGEIT exam, you must download a CGEIT application from the official ISACA website. You need to complete and submit this application within five years from the day you complete the exam with a passing score. If you do not do this within five years, you will need to take the examination again and resubmit your application once you clear it again. The required experience must be within ten years before the application date.

3. Adhering to the Code of Professional Ethics from ISACA

Members of ISACA or CGEIT certificate holders must agree to the Code of Ethics to guide professionals with personal conduct. Lets us take you through the code of professional ethics ISACA forth:

ISACA's CGEIT certification holder shall:

  • Stand up for the procedure followed by the governance and management of the enterprise, including audit, control, security, and risk management
  • Maintain the standard of conduct and not disrespect the association or the profession and serve the interest of stakeholders
  • Should maintain the privacy of any information of their activities unless demanded by legal authority
  • Maintain proficiency in their respective areas and activities they're responsible for with the necessary skills and knowledge
  • Should appropriately convey outcomes of work to respective parties, including disclosure of significant factors

You may be subject to disciplinary action from ISACA if you do not comply with it, and this could result in your CGEIT certificate being terminated.

4. Maintaining CGEIT Certification

Once you get your CGEIT certification, you need to meet some additional CGEIT requirements to maintain the certification:

  • The CGEIT CPE (Continuing Professional Education) requires CPE hours over an annual and three-year certification period
  • Should obtain at least 20 CPE hours (relevant to the IT governance domain) and report it annually to the ISACA
  • Despite only 20 hours being required annually, you must report 120 CPE hours for a three-year cycle period, so you must make an effort towards this. The hours can be in-house corporate training, educational courses, workshops, conferences, and so on
  • Pay the CGEIT annual maintenance fees of $45 for members and $85 for non-members
  • Comply with the Code of Professional Ethics from ISACA

5. Participating in the CPE Program

There are several professional events hosted by ISACA, which you, as a certificate holder, are encouraged to attend. That could be workshops, seminars, and so on. You must obtain proof of attendance at these events because it could be taken as proof of the CPE hours required to maintain your certification.

6. Complying with IS Auditing Standards

CGEIT certificate holders are randomly audited every year and must prove that they meet the CGEIT training requirements 12 months before the three-year reporting cycle. If you are chosen for the audit, you need to provide the following:

  • Your name
  • The title of your activity
  • Name of sponsoring organization for events
  • Description
  • Date
  • The number of completed CPE hours


Professionals looking to work with enterprises for IT governance, compliance, and risk management may want to earn the CGEIT certification Training to boost their careers. To earn the certification, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria. The requirements are pretty straightforward and are easily achieved with guidance provided by Invensis Learning.

FAQs on CGEIT Certification Eligibility

Here are some common questions about the CGEIT certification requirements:

1. What are the benefits of a CGEIT certification?

You hold a competitive advantage because you can provide tangible proof to your employer that you are proficient in the necessary skills. Thus, it results in better chances of employment, along with better salary and career growth.

Another benefit of obtaining the CGEIT certification is gaining access to an elite network of governance professionals worldwide. You can use this to get leverage, knowledge, and useful tools for an expert community.

2. What can you do if your application to ISACA is denied?

The ISACA has an appeal policy that you can use if you think that the application denial was given by mistake or you would like to complain about the exam contents or the site conditions for taking the test.

3. What can you use to track your activities effectively?

The official ISACA website has a Verification of Attendance form that you can use to keep track of your activities properly.

Syllabus of CGEIT Certification Training

Areas of Study

  • The knowledge and experience necessary to support and advance the IT governance an enterprise
  • The professional development necessary for successful on-the-job performance
  • How to operate the enterprise’s IT and business systems with greater efficiencies and optimum effectiveness
  • There are no pre-requisite criteria to take up CGEIT examination. But, 5 or more years of experience managing, serving or supporting the governance of the IT-related contribution to an enterprise is required to apply for certification.
  • Type: Multiple choice examination questions - 150 questions - 70 live questions and five trial
  • Duration: 240 Minutes (4 hours)
  • Result: 450 marks (on a scale of 200-
  • 800) required to pass
  • Open book: No, Closed Book.
  • Job roles that can benefit from CGEIT training include, but are not limited to:
  • IT managers
  • IT analysts
  • Business professionals
  • IT consultants
  • IT directors
  • IT executives
  • IT governance professionals


Who should take up CGEIT Certification training?

Job roles that can benefit from CGEIT certification training include, but are not limited to:

  • IT managers
  • IT analysts
  • Business professionals
  • IT consultants
  • IT directors
  • IT executives
  • IT governance professionals

Invensis Learning’s practice tests for CGEIT certification are modeled on the actual examination and draw from the syllabus. They are conceptualized by our team of subject matter experts.

Practice tests give you a feel of what the CGEIT certification examination will be like and the extent of knowledge that is required.

  • Type: Multiple choice examination questions
  • No Of Questions: 150 questions
  • Examination duration: 240 minutes’ duration
  • Open/Closed book: Closed book
  • Result: 450 marks (on a scale of 200-800) required to pass

There are no pre-requisite criteria to take up CGEIT examination. But, 5 or more years of experience managing, serving or supporting the governance of the IT-related contribution to an enterprise is required to apply for certification.

The course structure or outline of the instructor-led CGEIT exam preparation training program is as follows:

  • Framework for the Governance of Enterprise IT
  • Strategic Management
  • Benefits Realization
  • Risk Optimization
  • Resource Optimization

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