ISACA Updates Exam Content Outline for the CGEIT Certification

Schaumburg, Ill. (April 28, 2020) — As governance, risk and compliance professionals know well, IT increasingly runs through every aspect of an organization—making governance more important than ever to achieve digital transformation and drive business value. During the current pandemic, it has become even clearer that organizations with corporate and IT governance policies and processes in place are better able to adapt quickly to the changing situation and maintain productivity.


With the governance landscape evolving at a rapid pace, ISACA is updating the content outline for its Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) certification exam to reflect the evolving technology environment, as well as the knowledge and skills that professionals need to strengthen governance at their organizations.


The updated CGEIT exam content outline—or the certification job practice areas that outline the domains, knowledge areas and tasks—offers revised content areas that are more concise and address new trends, emerging technologies and changing business needs, accounting for the latest governance industry practices. The CGEIT update also includes a focus on information governance and big data, while re-aligning job practice areas based on current role requirements.


As part of this updated exam content outline, the exam domains have been consolidated from five to four, and include the governance of enterprise IT, IT resources, benefits realization, and risk optimization. To view the outlines of these domains, as well as the full list of task statements for the exam, visit


"Unlike other certifications that focus on technical skills in specific domains, CGEIT focuses on the big picture," says Nader Qaimari, ISACA Chief Learning Officer. "This certification helps IT professionals understand overarching business goals, proactively plan and optimize resources, and adjust to new regulations and mandates with minimal interruption in operations, providing great value to the C-suite, including during times of crisis like we are experiencing now."


ISACA's CGEIT certification is designed to elevate the governance professional's expertise in aligning IT initiatives with overall organizational goals. It is also the only governance certification that is framework-agnostic, which allows CGEIT certification-holders to think strategically, assess the organization's policies and processes, and craft a framework tailored specifically for the organization, maximizing business value through effective IT governance.


"This holistic, updated CGEIT reflects new trends and changing business needs to enable certification-holders to propel their careers even further and drive stronger business impact," adds Mark Thomas, CGEIT, CRISC, Certified COBIT Assessor, president, Escoute Consulting.


Practitioners will be able to take the CGEIT exam with the current content outline until 28 June. The new exam will take effect 2 July. The CGEIT exam costs $575 for ISACA members and $760 for non-members.


For additional information about CGEIT, please visit or access CGEIT FAQs here. Learn more about ISACA's other credentials, including CISA, CISM, CRISC, CSX-P and CDPSE, at



For more than 50 years, ISACA ( has advanced the best in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations. Through the CSX, COBIT and CMMI solutions, ISACA enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization that leverages the expertise of its 145,000 members who work in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide.