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Become an Associate of (ISC)² – The Best Way to Start Your Cybersecurity Career

If you’re ready to start your journey to a rewarding career in cybersecurity but don’t yet have the necessary experience to earn a globally recognized cybersecurity certification, the Associate of (ISC)² designation has you covered! It’s the best alternative path for aspiring cybersecurity pros determined to fast-track their careers. And you immediately earn the badge that proves your knowledge.

Through the Associate of (ISC)² program, you can take any of our certification exams without the required work experience. When you pass, you become an Associate of (ISC)² as you work to gain the necessary experience to achieve full certification. Along the way, you receive exclusive (ISC)² resources to help you learn, grow and thrive throughout your journey.

Need help determining which certification is right for you? Learn more about the complete (ISC)² certification portfolio.

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Your Pathway to Becoming an Associate of (ISC)²

Choose the Right Certification for Your Goals

Your first step is to look to the future: What do you want to achieve? Identify which certification(s) align with your professional goals. Our broad portfolio of ANSI-accredited security certifications includes:


Register for Your Exam

Don’t wait. If you’re ready to pursue the Associate designation, commit now by registering for your exam.

Schedule your exam by creating an account with Pearson VUE, the leading provider of global, computer-based testing for certification and licensure exams. You can find details on testing locations, policies, accommodations and more on their website.

Get the Training That’s Right for You

With self-paced or instructor-led online and classroom courses, (ISC)² has a training option to fit your schedule and learning style. Trainings, seminars, courseware and self-study aids directly from (ISC)² or one of our Official Training Providers help you get ready for your exam by reviewing relevant domains and topics. Visit the (ISC)² Training Finder to register for the course that best meets your needs, including:



(ISC)² Self-Study Tools Keep Your Skills Sharp

Studying on your own or looking for a supplement to your seminar courseware? Check out our official self-study tools:

  • Official textbooks: Review relevant domains and everything you need to know to succeed.
  • Official study guides: Strengthen knowledge in a specific domain and get in more exam practice time.
  • Official study app: Prepare for your exam anytime, anywhere.
  • Official practice tests: Take full practice tests.
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Pass the Exam

The length of your exam will vary based on the certification you’re pursuing.

Check out our policies and procedures for (ISC)² exams to learn all you need to know about registering for and taking your exam. 


Join A Global Community of Cybersecurity Leaders

After you pass your exam and pay your first AMF (USD$50 for Associates of (ISC)², you will join a global community of more than 140,000 cybersecurity professionals focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. In addition to that extensive network, you also gain access to (ISC)² member benefits and continuing education opportunities to keep skills sharp as you start your cybersecurity career.

As you work toward certification, claim your digital badge and let your employer know you’ve achieved Associate of (ISC)² status! You’ll have a specific time frame to obtain the cumulative work experience in the domains of your target certification and to complete the endorsement process.

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