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Certified Financial Services Auditor® (CFSA®) Exam Preparation Resources

The CFSA exam is a self-study exam and does not require a prescribed curriculum. Candidates may choose their own method of preparing for the exam.

CFSA Study Guide

The IIA publishes a CFSA study guide to assist candidates in preparing for the exam. It is available for order through the IIA Bookstore (powered by the Internal Audit Foundation). The guide provides a general overview of the topics that are covered in the exam. However, it is critical that candidates perform additional study in areas where their experience or background dictates the need for review.

Other CFSA Study Materials

The IIA Bookstore offers several books on general financial services auditing. While these books are not written as CFSA exam study guides, they may assist candidates in preparing for the CFSA exam.

Auditing Derivative Strategies by Barbara Davison
Auditing Investments by Barbara Davison
The Broker-Dealer Audit Guide by Richard D. Ross
Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks and Fraud in Financial Reports by Dr. Howard Schilit
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Sales: How Internal Audit Adds Value and Effectiveness - Carl Pitchford
Financial Planning and Budgets: Understanding the Auditing Process - Cornelia Odermatt and Thomas Flüeler
A Global View of Financial Services Auditing: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future - Jennifer Burke, CPA, CRP, CFF, CFS & Steven E. Jameson, CIA, CFSA, CRMA, CPA, CFE

Sample CFSA Exam Questions

The IIA provides a limited number of sample CFSA exam questions (with answers) to give candidates an understanding of the types of questions that typically appear on the CFSA exam.

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Candidates from the following countries must refer to their local IIA Institute web-site or contact their local representative for more information about local certification processes:


The information contained on this website pertains to all other countries.