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Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the CISP exam, candidates typically need four years of dedicated IRA operational or technical experience. However, this requirement can be reduced by completing educational programs approved by the American Bankers Association (ABA). So, if you complete IRA Academy, you only need two years of experience to take the CISP exam.

For detailed eligibility criteria, visit the ABA's eligibility requirements page.

Exam Windows & Application Deadlines

For the Fall 2024 exam period, which runs from September 15 to October 15, you must submit your application by July 17, 2024. Visit the ABA's exam schedule page for more information and deadlines for other exam windows.

Note: Your IRA Academy registration does not cover the ABA's exam fee.


Exam Site Selection

Within two weeks of submitting your application, you'll receive an email from the ABA confirming whether your application has been approved or denied. This email will also include instructions for choosing your exam site. The ABA offers both remote testing options and in-person testing at various Scantron test site cities.

Preparing for the CISP Exam

Once you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for the CISP exam here.

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