Exam Overview

The Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP ®) credential was established for CPAs with the unique ability to bridge between business and technology while meeting the strict requirements for a CPA license, as well as additional training and experience in IT assurance, risk, security and privacy, analytics and technology. In order to obtain the credential, you must pass the CITP Exam.

Steps to the Exam

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Exam Format

  • Exam Type — The CITP Exam is a non-disclosed exam. This means the questions and answers are not published nor are candidates permitted to remove any exam materials from the testing site.
  • Delivery Type  You may take the exam in-person at one of 300 locations nationwide, or online in a remote-proctored environment.
  • Grading — Each exam is carefully graded by our team of psychometricians to ensure that the questions are statistically valid.
  • Timing — The CITP Exam is a four-hour computer-based exam comprised of multiple-choice questions. 
  • Types of Questions: Multiple-choice questions are discrete and consist of a stem that includes factual data and provides four answer options.

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Upcoming Exam Dates

Exam Window Dates Registration Deadlines Early Bird Discount* Deadline
Feb 2020 February 1 - February 29, 2020 January 24, 2020 January 1, 2020

Effective March 1, 2020 the CITP Exam will be offered year-round, on continuous testing basis. CITP candidates will have the flexibility to take the exam online in a remote-proctored environment or at one of 300 test center locations nationwide. Registration will be available effective March 1, 2020.


Discount Pricing

  • Volume Pricing — A special price of $200 per exam when registering two or more candidates from the same firm. Email us for details. 

Registration Process

If interested in taking the exam, register online and pay the required exam fee. Online registration is available to both AICPA and non-AICPA members. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation of your purchase via email. This confirmation does not serve as the Notification to Schedule.

Exam Content Specification Outline

The CITP credential program is built around content areas of the CITP Body of Knowledge: 

  • Information Security Governance
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • SOC for Cybersecurity
  • Data Management
  • Data Analysis & Reporting
  • Business Intelligence Management
  • IT Governance & Strategy
  • IT Risks, Process & Controls
  • System and Organization Controls Reporting

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Exam Preparation Tools

The key to passing the CITP examination is a combination of using the body of knowledge referred to in the CSO, coupled with applying this body of knowledge by obtaining relevant work experience in information management and technology assurance. To assist in exam preparation, the AICPA offers the following:

New CITP Exam Self-study Review Course:

Closely aligned with the comprehensive outline of topics covered on the CITP Exam, the AICPA’s CITP Exam Review Course is the only CITP exam review program backed by the resources and collective expertise of accounting professionals associated with the AICPA who specialize and demonstrate specific skills, proficiency and experience in the areas that include:

  • Information security and cyber risks
  • Business intelligence, data management and analytics
  • IT governance, risks and controls

Through illustrative examples and explanations, this CPE course makes abstract concepts come to life for both seasoned professionals and students, and it will help you understand and navigate successfully in today’s technology driven marketplace.

AICPA education resources covering topical areas from the CITP CSO:

Module I:  Information Security & Cyber Risks

Education resource Available format(s) CPE hours
Information Security Governance Course Self-study online 11.5
Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Finance & Accounting Professionals Certificate Self-study online 15.5
Cybersecurity Advisory Services Certificate Self-study online, webcast 15.5
SOC for Cybersecurity Certificate Self-study online, live event, webcast 14.5

Module II. Business Intelligence, Data Management & Analytics

Education resource Available format(s) CPE hours
Data Analysis Fundamentals Certificate Self-study online 10
Analytics and Big Data for Accountants Self-study online, hard-copy text 6.5
Integrating Audit Data Analytics into the Audit Process Self-study online 7.5
Data Analysis Modeling Certificate Self-study online 14

Module III: IT Governance, Risks & Controls

Education resource Available format(s) CPE hours
IT Governance, Risk & Controls Self-study online 6
Introduction to SOC for Service Organizations Reporting Self-study online 11
COSO Enterprise Risk Mgmt. Certificate Program  Self-study online 13.5

Scheduling Process

This process begins when you receive your Notice To Schedule (NTS) email six weeks prior to the beginning of the exam window for which you have registered. It contains instructions on how to schedule, a link to the test center, and your unique voucher code to enable you to schedule your specific date and location.

After receiving your (NTS) email, you may schedule your exam. Please schedule early to improve your likelihood of obtaining your desired time and location. The NTS email will provide instructions on how to do so. Below is a snapshot of the process:
  1. Visit the CITP Exam Scheduling Website.
  2. Follow the steps to establish a test-taker account. If you have already established a test -taker account for a previous exam, use the username and password that was previously provided. For assistance with your username or password, please contact the AICPA Member Service at 888.777.7077 or email us.
  3. Upon receipt of email confirmation of your username and password, login to schedule.
  4. Click on the Schedule Exam link in the task bar at the top of the page.
  5. Select the CITP Exam and click on Register Now button.
  6. Select the desired HOST location (testing center).
  7. Select the desired date and time the desired location is available and proceed to checkout.
  8. Enter the voucher code that was provided in the NTS letter at checkout and click submit and done.
  9. A scheduling confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided. It is important to print and/or keep a copy of this confirmation page on file as it includes the Test Authorization Code required for exam admittance.

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Testing Locations

At this time, the CITP Exam is only offered in the United States and Canada. There are almost 300 locations nationwide. Find the closest one >>

Test Regulations

The Kryterion host location has procedures that must be followed. Please make sure to read their procedures document in full so you can be fully prepared.  

Additional Information

To find a more detailed overview of the scheduling process including rescheduling, cancellations and refunds, download the CITP Credential Exam Registration and Scheduling Terms and Conditions document.