2021 CISM Questions, Answers, & Explanations Manual Item Writer

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Signup Deadline: 27 Jun, 2021
Starts: 01 Jul, 2021
Ends: 31 Jul, 2021
Location: Online Opportunity


CISM Questions, Answers & Explanations (QAE) Manual item writers will develop practice questions that will be included in CISM study materials, pending approval and review by the CISM Quality Assurance Team. Submit as many items as your schedule permits. Practice questions should follow ISACA Item Writing Guidelines. It is recommended that item writers review ISACA’s Item Writing Resources. The Staff Facilitator will reach out to eligible item writers closer to the item writing campaign start date with additional details. Item writers will be compensated for accepted items (see Volunteer Benefits for more information).

Anticipated outcomes:

CISM QAE Item Writers will submit quality items for consideration for use in CISM study materials, including the CISM Questions, Answers and Explanations Database. Items should be relevant to the CISM exam candidate and suitable for a global audience.  Submitted items cannot have been previously submitted for CISM exam consideration.

Volunteer Criteria:

  • Current CISM certification
  • Fluency in English (written, verbal skills)
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in information security/information security management
  • Understanding of the CISM job practice
  • Knowledge of the required roles, responsibilities and knowledge base of the information security manager.
  • May not have served the CISM Exam Item Development Working Group or CISM Certification Working Group in the last 3 years.


  • Item writing experience
  • Geographic area distribution
  • Industry distribution

Volunteer benefits:

Item writers will receive a $50 stipend and 2 CPE hours per accepted item. Accepted items will be determined in October, and volunteers will be notified of the status of their submissions at that time.


All volunteers must have an ISACA Participation Agreement on file.  To see if your agreement is active, visit your volunteer profile. Access all volunteer policies here.

Volunteers will also be asked to complete an item writer agreement.



Volunteers Needed:

100 (100 open slots)

Experience Required:

7 - 10 Years Industry Experience

Staff Facilitator:

Renee Herrmann

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ISACA encourages the active participation of our dedicated professional community in relevant, compelling and innovative activities at both the regional and international levels. With appreciation for the talent, expertise and experience each person contributes, volunteers and staff work collaboratively to fulfill ISACA’s purpose and promise, while benefiting from incredible experiences and accomplishments that instill confidence in our professional and personal growth.