Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)

Introduced in 2007, the CGEIT credential is for professionals who manage, provide advisory and/or assurance services related to, and/or otherwise support the governance of an enterprise’s IT. CGEIT-certified professionals deliver on the focus areas of IT governance and approach it holistically, enhancing value to enterprises. More than 5,800 professionals have earned the CGEIT credential to date. CGEIT retention is more than 95 percent.

CGEIT provides you the credibility and enhances influence and recognition to discuss critical issues around governance and strategic alignment, and the traction to consider a move to the C-suite, if you aren't already there.

Across the globe, CGEIT holders command greater recognition in the marketplace and influence at the executive level which means:


The CGEIT certification was specifically developed for IT and business professionals who have significant management, advisory, or assurance roles relating to the governance of enterprise IT, including :

IS/IT Directors IS/IT Managers IS/IS Consultants IT Governance Professionals
  • More than 1,200 are IT directors, managers, consultants and related staff.
  • More than 900 are audit directors, managers or consultants and related staff.
  • More than 600 are employed in managerial, consulting or related positions in IT operations or compliance.
  • More than 600 are security directors, managers or consultants and related staff.
  • More than 500 are CIOs, CISOs, or chief compliance, risk or privacy officers.
  • More than 400 CGEITs serve as CEOs, CFOs or equivalent executives.
  • Nearly 200 serve as chief audit executives, audit partners or audit heads.

The CGEIT exam is offered twice a Year i.e. June and December and consists of 200 objective type questions which are to be completed in a 4 hour duration.

The Benefits of CGEIT

  • Be able to demonstrate your ability to deliver quality governance
  • Achieve a broader impact on your enterprise and your career.
  • Effectively bring IT governance into an organization.
  • Demonstrate a holistic grasp of a complex subject and deliver value to the enterprise.
  • provides affirmation of your experience, knowledge and abilities to support and advance the IT governance of an enterprise and align it with strategic enterprise goals.

CGEIT Impacts Your Career and Your Organization

When an enterprise employs a CGEIT, they ensure good governance, which provides for an environment of no or few “surprises” and the ability to have an agile response to any that arise.CGEIT is considered by many companies and governmental agencies as aprerequisite for employees involved with enterprise IT governance.

For the Professional, CGEIT Provides:

  • A global and prestigious, lifelong symbol of knowledge and expertise.
  • Competitive advantage that will distinguish you from your peers.
  • Higher earnings and greater career growth.
  • The benefits of becoming part of an elite peer network.
  • The ability to leverage the tools and resources of a global community of industry experts

Why Employers Hire CGEITs

  • The employee has the knowledge and experience necessary to support and advance the IT governance of an enterprise.
  • The employee maintains ongoing professional development necessary for successful on-the-job performance.
  • The enterprise’s IT and business systems operate with greater efficiencies and optimum effectiveness resulting in greater trust in, and value from, information systems.

CGEIT demonstrates proven expertise. Boards and executive management expect IT to deliver business value. IT governance is a key component of enterprise governance and success. A CGEIT designation demonstrates that you have proven experience and knowledge in the governance of enterprise IT.

How to Become CGEIT Certified

To earn the CGEIT designation, candidates are required to:

  • Prove at least five years of experience supporting the governance of an enterprise’s information technology. This experience can be achieved entirely through IT governance experience, or through a combination of IT governance experience and management experience.
  • Pass the CGEIT exam (offered worldwide every June and December)
  • Adhere to the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics
  • Agree to comply with the CISA Continuing Education Policy

Preparing for the CGEIT exam

ISACA Bangalore chapter enables you to prepare for the exam. Regular weekend classes and crash courses are conducted at the Bangalore Chapter. See the Review Classes page for more information and/or Write to chapter@isacabangalore.org for more information.

Taking the CISA exam

The CISA exam is offered three times in a year i.e. June, September & December and is usually held on the second sunday of the respective months. The exam comprises 200 questions and is to be taken within a three hour time frame. For more details about the exam, please click here.

For a list of frequently asked questions, click FAQ's

The CGEIT certification has been steadily gaining recognition and some highlights are;

  1. CGEIT gained 10% in salary value for the quarter ending 1 July 2013 and was among the highest-paying certifications, according to Foote Partners’ IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index™ (ITSCPI) for 1 July 2013 - 1 October 2013.
  2. CGEIT has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. This accreditation is a benchmark for global organizations that certify individuals worldwide.
  3. SC Magazine selected CGEIT as a finalist of the 2011 “Best Professional Certification Program” in the Professional Awards category.
  4. The DRII Institute for Continuity Management recognizes DRII certification applicants who hold CGEIT in good standing. CGEITs qualify for the Certified Business Continuity Auditor (CBCA) and get a bypass for references.

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