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Become IDEA Certified

Meeting the Demand for Data Analysis Experts

The CaseWare Analytics Certification provides a standard accreditation that distinguishes you as being able to utilize CaseWare Analytics technology in your daily analysis and/or audit work. The certification program is designed to aid in your professional development, by showcasing that you possess premium technical abilities and are capable of providing knowledgeable business analysis and recommendations.

Congratulations to all the CIDA and CISE certified IDEA Users. 


  • Obtain professional recognition in your industry
  • Gain a competitive edge in your career through certification recognition
  • Get Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits when attending the training courses required for the exam
  • Become an acknowledged expert by having your name published on our website; with approval 

Types of Certification

Obtaining a CaseWare Analytics Certification gives an independent validation of your skills and expertise in using analytics and scripting. There are currently two certifications available:

  • Certified IDEA Data Analyst (CIDA) – Designed to showcase technical abilities to provide an independent validation of skills and expertise using data analytics
  • Certified IDEA Script Expert (CISE) – Distinguishes user expertise in analytics and scripting for audit and financial analysis


Certifications are administered via exams and/or requisite courses. There are two paths to becoming eligible to sit for the exam:

  • Training – Candidates must complete the required series of courses provided by CaseWare Analytics or one of their authorized distributors, such as those provided by Audimation Services, Inc. Required courses are listed in the Certification Brochure
  • Experience – Special considerations are made for longstanding, proficient IDEA users. Candidates must provide the following:
    • Documentation of experience using IDEA (2-page minimum)
    • Letter from a supervisor or colleague attesting to your competency with IDEA, stating that you have used IDEA actively in the last two years
    • Description of at least two substantial projects in which you used IDEA and or IDEAScript.

The certification coordinator will contact you for more information.

Preparation & Resources

While training or applied knowledge will prepare you to take the Certification exam(s), we offer some resources to help build your confidence and ensure your success.

  • EBook Become an Expert: Preparatory Material for CIDA – This electronic publication is an effective and easy-to-use study guide developed to help you prepare for the CIDA exam. It includes information about the requirements, topics, tips, and outlines most subject matter tested on the CIDA.
  • Preparation Course – Overview of the IDEA Data Analysis CIDA Exam Preparation Course – This one-day course was written using the concept of a case study to cover most of the core functionality of IDEA, and focus on the content and style of the CIDA exam. Taught by certified instructors who have successfully completed the CIDA and/or CISA exam, it provides tips and techniques designed to help you pass with confidence.


Questions About Certification?

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Ready to Become Certified?

Review the Certification Brochure to ensure you meet the requirements, and visit to complete the application form.