2018 CISA Spring Exam Review Course

2018 Spring Exam Review Course


Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Examination

Four Saturdays (24 CPEs)

May 5, 2018 – 8:30 AM – 4 PM PT
May 12, 2018 – 8:30 AM – 4 PM PT
May 19, 2018 – 8:30 AM – 4 PM PT
May 26, 2018 – 8:30 AM – 4 PM PT

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Program Objectives

This program is to assist candidates in preparing for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) examination. Candidates for ISACA’s highly respected CISA designation can now take the exam using computer-based testing (CBT). CBT allows for in-person testing on a computer at an approved testing center. These are scheduled through ISACA International at the time of the CISA exam registration.

More Test Dates

1 June-23 September 2018 Testing Window
1 March 2018 Registration and Scheduling Opens
18 September 2018 Final Registration Deadline

LA ISACA Certification Courses

The LA ISACA Chapter provides four Saturday (total 24 hours) sessions for the exam preparation but they are not intended to be basic teaching sessions.  The candidates should have proper educational background in all of the subject areas.  The sessions are designed to review the five domains that comprise the CISA examination and to clarify the more difficult material.The sessions will include lectures and discussions with time for questions raised by the participants.

NOTE:  This review course is intended to assist participants in their preparation for the exam.  However, there is no guarantee that completion of the course will ensure passage of the examination.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Mike O. Villegas at cisa@isacala.org

International Examination Registration

1 December 2017 Registration Opens
1 February –
24 May 2018
Testing Windows
18 May 2018 Final Registration Deadline

For an application to the exam call or write to:

CISA Examination Registrar
135 S. LaSalle, Dept. 1055
Chicago, IL 60674-1055 USA

CISA applications are located at www.isaca.org/cisaapp

(847) 253-1545
(847) 253-1443 (fax)



Mike O. Villegas, CISA



Class Registration

The review course is limited to the first 50 students who register online and for whom payment is received. One can pay with credit card when registering online or indicate that a check will be mailed. Checks should be made out to “ISACA LA” and mailed to:

CISA Review Course Registration
PO BOX 811067
Los Angeles, CA, 90081-0002

On-line registration is available by clicking on the Register button on this webpage.

Registrations for ISACA members and non-members have priority over student rate registrations. The postmark date for check payments will determine the order of acceptance. Credit card payments and personal checks received by the dates below will qualify for the stated rates. With prior arrangements, payments can be made at the first class session.


Early Bird

Pay by 04/27


After 04/27

ISACA LA Member $180 $230
Non-Member $210 $300
Students $55 $80


Calendar of Topics

May 5 – 8:30 AM
Domain One: (3 Hours)
The Process of Auditing Information Systems

May 5 – 12:30 PM
Domain Two: (3 Hours)
Governance and Management of IT

May 12 – 8:30 AM
Domain Four: (6 Hours)
Information Systems Operations, Maintenance and Support

May 19 – 8:30 AM
Domain Five: (6 Hours)
Protection of Information Assets

May 26- 8:30 AM
Domain Three: (3 Hours)
Information Systems Acquisition, Development & Implementation

May 26 – 12:30 PM
Practice Questions: (3 Hours) All Domains

Meet Our Instructors


Domain 1 – Nelson Gibbs,  CIA, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CISSP, is the Director and Senior Manager of IT Audit at Union Bank. Nelson has over twenty years of experience in information systems, network and systems planning and design. Nelson received his MBA from the University of California at Irvine with an emphasis in Information Technology. He is the author of “A New Auditor’s Guide to Planning, Performing, and Presenting IT Audits” and frequent speaker on business and technology security issues, both in the United States and internationally.

Domain 2 – Thomas Phelps IV, CISA, is Vice President of Corporate Strategy and CIO of Laserfiche, a global enterprise content management software company based in California. He is currently responsible for corporate strategy, vertical marketing, analyst relations, corporate training and enterprise IT governance. Previously, Thomas was the national PwC cybersecurity champion for IT security, privacy and risk services focused on the entertainment and media industry. Thomas is a board member and past-president of ISACA Los Angeles, and has served on the ISACA International Membership Board. He has co-authored and contributed to several books and white papers on various topics including CRM, COBIT, HIPAA, telecom and security. He has guest lectured at universities such as USC and Cal State Long Beach on marketing, data analytics and security. He is a frequent speaker at conferences including the 5th Annual Harvard IT Summit in 2015.

Domain 3 – Eric Read, CISA, CISM, CGEIT began his IT career in 1974 as a software developer. Mr. Read moved into network operations in 1992, and later, as a network and security architect, provided the IT design and project management for many of the world’s largest Hotel/Casinos. Mr. Read was recruited to provide IT audit services in 2002, and managed the 2004 Sarbanes-Oxley testing for a major pharmaceutical distribution company. In 2005, Eric moved to UnitedHealth Care where he spent the next 10 years as Associate Director of Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. Mr. Read began teaching CISA and CISM classes in 2012, and was named the Certification Chair for ISACA Los Angeles from 2013 through 2014. During that time Mr. Read was also a member of the ISACA International CISM QAE Board, whose job it was to review and approve potential certification test questions. Eric currently works as a GRC lead at Honda North America in Torrance, CA, and is a member of the ISACA Los Angeles Board of Directors.

Domain 4 – Ed Hoy, Mr. Hoy has been in the Information Technology industry since 1967 with a career spanning from System Engineering to Sales and Management in IBM for 25 years. Following his retirement from IBM, he has been a Director of Operations for the Western Region for JBA, International, a Senior Practice Manager for Origin Technology, responsible for managing and implementing and maintaining Baan manufacturing ERP systems for the west coast, a Senior Manager for RSM McGladrey for IT Audit and improvement of IT Operations for clients, a Subject Matter Expert for IT SOX as a Senior Contract Consultant to The Walt Disney Company, American Honda Motors, Johnson & Johnson, an IT SOX compliance consultant and auditor for The Chicago Times, News Day in Long Island, The Los Angeles Times, The Sun Sentinel in Florida, and Kaiser Permanente in California. In total he has 49 years of experience in Information Systems Operations, Maintenance & Support with over 15,000 billed audit hours in SOX

Domain 5 – Miguel (Mike) O. Villegas, CISA, CISSP, GSEC, CSX|F, PCI QSA, PA QSA is Western Regional Senior Vice President for K3DES LLC. He has over 30 years experience in IT Audit, Information Security and IT Risk Management. He has held positions of an IT Audit Director, Director of Information Security, Director of Professional Services, VP of IT Risk Management and a Big 4 Partner. He is a past president of the LA ISACA Chapter and the San Francisco Chapter of ISACA. He is also currently a contributing writer for SearchSecurity.com with over 150 articles.

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Deloitte & Touche LLP
555 West 5th St. Suite 2700,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

From San Fernando Valley:
Get on CA-170 S/Hollywood Fwy. Follow CA-170 S/Hollywood Fwy and US-101 S. Take the Interstate 110 S exit from CA-110/Harbor Fwy. Continue on W 4th St. Drive to W 5th St.

From Orange County:
Get on CA-55 N/State Rte 55 N from Valencia Ave and Newport Ave. Drive from I-5 N to Los Angeles. Take the Interstate 110 S exit from CA-110/Harbor Fwy. Continue on W 4th St. Drive to W 5th St.

From South Bay locations:
Get on I-710 N. Take I-405 N and I-110 N/Harbor Fwy to W 4th St in Los Angeles. Take the 6th St/9th St exit from CA-110. Continue on W 4th St. Drive to W 5th St.

From San Gabriel Valley:
Continue on CA-60 W or I-10 W. Drive from US-101 N to Los Angeles. Take the Interstate 110 S exit from CA-110/Harbor Fwy. Continue on W 4th St. Drive to W 5th St.

Parking and Class Room access:
Parking is free to all participants and instructors.  A parking sticker will be provided to you during the each class session. Once you arrive, turn into the visitor parking directly in front of the main entrance.  The security guard will have your name on a roster.  Be prepared to provide a photo identification.

Conference Rooms: You will be escorted to the conference training rooms.

Meals: Breakfast, break refreshments and lunch will be provided. Classrooms will be marked for the review course.


Recommended Study Materials

The 2018 CISA Review Technical Information Manual will not be provided at the review class and must be purchased directly from www.isaca.org Bookstore. Purchase is not mandatory but highly recommended. Class preparation will benefit from reading the domain (chapter) material prior to the class session. Instructors will hand out additional materials if deemed appropriate.

Instructors will NOT provide hardcopy of handouts so bring your mini-pad or laptop. A softcopy of material will be provided before the class and during each session if download is not possible.