CGEIT recognizes a wide range of professionals for their knowledge and application of enterprise IT governance principles and practices. As a CGEIT certified professional, you demonstrate that you are capable of bringing IT governance into an organization—that you grasp the complex subject holistically, and therefore, enhance value to the enterprise.
IT systems are continually evolving to ensure competitiveness, enable reach to global markets and handle external pressures such as regulation. By managing, advising and assessing the enterprise’s IT infrastructure and processes, individuals play a role in IT governance and provide significant support to the board of directors and executive management. The Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) program supports increasing business demands and recognizes the wide range of professionals whose knowledge and application of IT governance principles are key to managing the forces of transition.
Achieving the CGEIT credential adds value to professionals who earn the certification and the enterprises they support. CGEIT promotes the advancement of professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT governance-related experience and knowledge. The CGEIT certification program recognizes those who demonstrate a visible commitment to excellence in IT governance practices. With the CGEIT designation comes many professional and personal benefits
CGEITs hold many prominent positions including: manager, director, consultant and C-level executive. The following are examples of common roles and responsibilities held by current CGEITs:
To earn the CGEIT credential, an individual must:
1. Achieve a passing score on the CGEIT exam. A passing score on the CGEIT exam, without completing the required work experience as outlined below, is only valid for five years. If
the applicant does not meet the CGEIT certification requirements within the five year period, the passing score is voided.
2. Submit an application with verified evidence of five years of work experience. An applicant must provide evidence of management, advisory or oversight experience associated with the governance of the IT-related contribution to an enterprise. Five years of such experience is required and is defined and described specifically by the CGEIT job practice domains and task statements. Work experience must be gained within the 10-year period preceding the application date for certification or within five years from the date of initially passing the exam. Specifically, an applicant must have a minimum of one year of experience relating to the definition, establishment and management of the Framework for the Governance of Enterprise IT in alignment with the mission, vision and values of the enterprise. (CGEIT domain 1) and; Additional broad experience related to any two or more of the remaining domains (CGEIT domains 2 through five 5. For a list and description of the CGEIT domains see below.)
3. Agree to abide by the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics which can be viewed at www.isaca.org/ethics.
4. Agree to comply with the CGEIT Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Policy, which can be viewed at www.isaca.org/cgeitcpepolicy.
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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 a prerequisite for employees involved with enterprise IT governance.
CGEIT enhances credibility, influence and recognition. CGEIT combines the achievement of passing a comprehensive exam with recognition of work, management and educational experience, providing greater recognition in the marketplace and influence at the executive level.
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.
CGEIT is developed for professionals with management, advisory or assurance roles relating to:
The job practice consists of task and knowledge statements, organized by domains. The domains and their definitions are as follows (these have been updated with effect from the June 2013
Domain 1—Framework for the Governance of Enterprise IT (25%)
Domain 2—Strategic Management (20%)
Domain 3—Benefits Realization (16%)
Domain 4—Risk Optimization (24%)
Domain 5—Resource Optimization (15%)
Introductions, course agenda and approach
Overview of Task and Knowledge Statements
Introduction to COBIT 5
Domain: Framework for the Governance of Enterprise IT
Ensure the definition, establishment, and management of a framework for the governance of enterprise IT in alignment with the mission, vision and values of the enterprise. Introduction to EDM concepts from ISO 38500.
Domain: Strategic Management
Ensure that IT enables and supports the achievement of enterprise objectives through the integration and alignment of IT strategic plans with enterprise strategic plans.
Domain: Benefit Realization
Ensure that IT-enabled investments are managed to deliver optimized business benefits and that benefit realization outcome and performance measures are established, evaluated and progress is reported to key stakeholders.
Domain: Risk Optimization
Ensure that an IT risk management framework exists to identify, analyze, mitigate, manage, monitor, and communicate IT-related business risk, and that the framework for IT risk management is in alignment with the enterprise risk management (ERM) framework.
Domain: Resource Optimization
Ensure the optimization of IT resources including information, services, infrastructure and applications, and people, to support the achievement of enterprise objectives.
Exam preparation and sample questions
Held twice a year in June and December, the CGEIT exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, given during a four-hour session, that cover five job practice domains. The task and knowledge statements within each domain are intended to depict the tasks performed by individuals who have a significant management, advisory, or assurance role relating to the governance of IT and the knowledge requirements to perform these tasks. They are also intended to define the roles and responsibilities of the professionals performing IT governance work. The job practice domains and percentages below indicate the emphasis of questions that will appear on the exam. The CGEIT exam contains some questions which are included for research and analysis purposes. These questions are not separately identified and not used to calculate the candidate’s final score.