How to Earn Your (ISC)² Certification

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We are excited to have more than 130,000 individuals become (ISC)² Candidates since launching in September 2022. Many of them will go on to earn their Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) as part of our One Million Certified in Cybersecurity pledge. Earn Your ISC2 Certification

For those new to (ISC)², or those who’ve had their sights set on their CISSP for years now, you may not be sure exactly how you become (ISC)²-certified. Your certification is more than a single exam. There are three steps to earn your (ISC)² certification:

Step 1: Pass your exam

Step 2: Submit your certification application

Step 3: Pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF)

Let’s dive in …

Step 1: Pass your exam

Which exam to take depends on your goals, and where you personally are in your cybersecurity career. You can use our Qualification Pathfinder to help chart your course:

Once you select the certification you want to earn, you will sit for your exam at a Pearson VUE test center. Register for your exam with Pearson VUE with the same email address as your account. If you pass, you will receive a letter informing you of your provisional results and inviting you to the next step …

Step 2: Submit your certification application

If you’ve passed the CC exam, your certification application is quite simple. You will agree to the (ISC)² privacy policy, and then affirm your commitment to abide by the (ISC)² Code of Ethics. This code is a cornerstone of our association and all members – and (ISC)² Candidates – must agree to uphold the cannons themselves, as well as report anyone who violates the code.

If your certification has an experience requirement – for example, the CISSP requires five years of paid relevant work experience in two of the eight domains of the certification – then you will also provide evidence of this in your certification application. This step is where another (ISC)²-certified member will endorse your experience and affirm your good standing in the industry. If you don’t know another (ISC)²-ceritifed member to do this, you can provide your work experience (with proof via tax returns, letters from supervisors, letterhead documentation, etc.) and (ISC)² will review and the association itself will serve as your endorser. If you do not have the required experience needed to earn full certification status, you will become an Associate of (ISC)² and will be able to pursue your paid experience.

Step 3: Pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF)

As soon as your certification application has been approved, you will be notified via email and invited to pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee, known as your AMF. AMFs are used by (ISC)² to support the costs of maintaining the certifications and their related support systems.

If you earn the CC, or if you become an Associate of (ISC)², your AMF is U.S. $50 each year. If you earn the CISSP, CCSP, SSCP, CSSLP, CGRC or HCISPP, your AMF is U.S. $125 each year. If you are earning an additional certification (which includes the CISSP concentrations: CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP-ISSEP or CISSP-ISSMP) you will not have to pay additional AMFs beyond the one $125 payment each year.

What’s next?

Once you’re certified, you’ll get an invitation to claim your badge from Credly. This digital badge is a signifier of your accomplishment and is an easy way for you to display your credential online. You can use your badge on social media, in an email signature or on a website. When viewers click on it, they will see the knowledge, skills and abilities required to earn that credential, as well as the date that it was earned. Beyond your digital badge, you’ll receive a digital certificate to print or share online.

You’ll also have access to a variety of benefits including discounts on industry events, free online on-demand courses to support your professional development, access to a global network of professionals, such as in our online Community, to support your career growth and so much more. Stay in the know by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook . Update your communication preferences; and subscribe to our newsletters to receive important announcements.


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