Recommended Reading for the CIA Exam
The selection is based on a review of the available English CIA prep material. We appreciate your comments and suggestions. > Contact
Please read the separate article regarding sample questions and the IIA Professional Practices Framework.
Study Guides and Exam Prep Systems
The most commonly used learning systems are Gleim (do use the current - 17th - edition), the CIA Learning System (an easy read), Powers, and Wiley/Vallabhaneni (more in-depth).
By order of appearance:
* Gleim CIA Study Guide - 17th edition summer 2013 - significantly streamlined against the previous edition. > link
* Vallabahaneni Wiley CIA Prep - 4rd edition spring 2013 - clear structure following the CIA syllabus, a good read, concise sample questions. First book a bit volimnous due to reprinting IIA's IPPF > link (UK)
* Holmes/IIA CIA Learning System - autumn 2013 edition - the "official", restructured with more dept, an easy read > link
* Powers CIA Learning System - winter 2013 edition - affordable, a good reader and good questions. > link
Other systems, books and question databases are offered through the IIA bookstore and other online bookstores.
Books and IIA Material
The sources below give you an idea about useful additional essentials.
Get the current edition if you can - for preparing the exam a previous edition be good enough.
Reading and understanding the IIA Code of Ethics, IIA Standards and IIA Practice Advisories is strongly advised for preparing CIA part 1 and part 2. > link
Do not forget to have a look at the IIA's exam brochure. > link
Internal Auditing Textbooks
The IIA recommends the extensive Sawyer (2012) textbooks and Reding et al (2013) which aims at students and novice practitioners. An experienced practitioner would probably prefer the hands-on approach of Pickett (2010).
Cannon's CISA prep book will help you to understand the IT fundamentals. This is the one I liked most out of the tons which passed my table ...
Cannon, D.L. et al (2011):
CISA: Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide, Paperback mit Test- und Bonus-CD > link (UK)
More material is available from the IIA bookstore and other online bookstores. > link
Beware - graphics in books may be essential and are often not legible in Kindle editions.