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CPE Portal Questions

Q:

How is (ISC)² improving the CPE submission process?

 
A:
(ISC)² is working to improve the member experience, and one area members have identified as an opportunity for enhancement is simplifying the CPE submission process. (ISC)² members are required to submit CPEs to maintain their certification. The (ISC)² website receives 76,000 CPE submissions per month. These submissions are based on a complex set of rules with different restrictions for each type of credit that often become complex and confusing. Taking member feedback into account, we have introduced a simplified ruleset and a simpler submission process to reduce the burden on members, while complying with the spirit of certification maintenance that remains a core element of our ANSI accreditation process.
Q:

What was done to get member feedback on the new CPE portal?

 
A:
To ensure that the enhanced CPE submission process is properly tested with members before it was rolled out to our entire global membership, two beta tests were conducted with a select group of members. From these beta tests, we were able to gather input and feedback from testers, and make necessary changes and adjustments based on their experience prior to release.
Q:

Are there any changes to how CPEs will be submitted and calculated?

 
A:
The new CPE submission process will be an improved, interactive process that will be more user-friendly. Members are led through a series of simple questions with built-in logic and step-by-step guidance. Information includes credit category, education type, the number of hours claimed and a description area for supporting evidence, which would include a brief summary as to what was learned from the experience. From there, members simply select what certification and domain the CPEs apply to.
Q:

If I hold multiple certifications, how does this change affect me?

 
A:
When you submit your activity, you will be able to indicate the domains that you would like to select for all your credentials. You will still only need to submit your activity once. If you have multiple domains, it will be applied to all credentials as a Group A activity.
Q:

Based on this new submission process, can I make adjustments to CPEs that were submitted previously?

 
A:
You will be able to update or edit CPEs that have been previously submitted.
Q:

What are the new CPE categories?

 
A:
There are five CPE categories:
  • CPEs offered by (ISC)²
  • Education
  • Contribution to the Profession
  • Unique Work Experience
  • Professional Development

These categories have a number of approved learning or service mechanisms and the credits would be earned based on the number of hours spent on the activity.

Q:

What happened to the other categories?

 
A:

The current CPE guideline document lists 18 different types of education activities, all of which contain rules about how to calculate the hours of credit that can be counted, the limits of that activity and the unique evidence necessary as supporting documentation.

With the improved submission process, the categories will encompass different types of learning and professional growth experiences that members need to stay current in their field.

Q:

What CPEs have limitations in this new process?

 
A:
We have made a few changes to CPEs with limitations in this new process. We have removed the number of "read a book or magazine" from one per cycle year to unlimited. There is not a limit to the number of "Unique Work-related Experience" submissions you may submit in a year. However, you are still limited to 10 Group A CPEs per submission. In most cases, the maximum number of CPEs per submission cannot exceed 40. For example, you will not be able to submit more than 40 CPEs for attending an Educational Course or Seminar.
Q:

Are there any changes to the number of CPEs required?

 
A:

No. There will be no change to the number of CPE requirements. The table below outlines the number of units recommended for each (ISC)² certification.

Certification

Type

Suggested Annual

3-Year Total

CISSP

Group A

30

90

Group A or B

10

30

Total Required

40

120

 

CSSLP, CCSP

Group A

20

60

 

Group A or B

10

30

 

Total Required

30

90

 

 

 

 

SSCP, CAP, HCISPP

Group A

15

45

 

Group A or B

5

15

 

Total Required

20

60

 

 

 

 

ISSAP, ISSEP, ISSMP

Group A

N/A

20*

 

Total Required

 

20*

Concentrations

If you hold a CISSP concentration, 20 CPE credits of the total number of Group A CPEs required in the CISSP three-year cycle must be directly related to your concentration. If you hold more than one concentration, you must earn 20 credits in each concentration. CPEs required for a concentration are automatically counted toward the CISSP CPE requirement.

 

Associates Program

Type

Required Annual

3-year Total

Associates

Group A

15

N/A

Q:

Will the number of CPEs that can be rolled over change?

 
A:
No. There will be no change to the number of CPEs that can be rolled over.
Q:

When I submit CPEs, can I submit supporting documents at the same time?

 
A:
Yes. You will be able to submit supporting documents when you submit your CPE credits.
Q:

Are there any changes to how CPEs submitted on my behalf will be handled?

 
A:
As a member benefit, (ISC)² submits CPEs on the member's behalf for the majority of the CPEs that are offered through (ISC)². This is often a point of confusion for the current CPE submission process. With the rollout of the new platform, this confusion will be eliminated by asking the member first if the CPE they are submitting was offered through (ISC)².

The current platform also doesn’t have the logic to know what certifications the member has and the dates of their certification cycle. This means that a member who has their CISSP with their cycle date April 1, 2015 – April 1, 2018 could submit a CPE for SSCP on March 20, 2015. The new system will only present the certifications the member has and only allow CPEs to be submitted for their certification cycle.
Q:

Will the CPE audit process change?

 
A:
Currently, there will be no change to the CPE audit process. CPEs will still be subject to audit and in some cases, members will need to supply additional evidence to the CPE Auditor if they were audited.
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