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CAP – Security Assessment and Authorization Certification

Become a CAP – Certified Authorization Professional

Earning the CAP certification is a proven way to build your career and demonstrate your expertise within the risk management framework (RMF).

The CAP is the only certification under the DoD8570 mandate that aligns with each RMF step. It shows employers you have the advanced technical skills and knowledge to authorize and maintain information systems within the RMF using best practices, policies and procedures established by the cybersecurity experts at (ISC)².

Prove your skills, advance your career, and gain support from a community of cybersecurity leaders here to help you throughout your professional journey.

Interested in CAP certification for your team? Learn more about (ISC)² Enterprise Solutions

Effective October 15, 2018, the CAP exam will be based on a new exam outline. The domains and their weights have changed. Please refer to the CAP Exam Outline and our CAP FAQs for details.

Free CAP Ultimate Guide

Learn everything you need to know about preparing for the CAP exam, including:

  • Why you should get certified
  • CAP Fast Facts
  • What to expect on the exam
  • How to prepare for the exam
  • Value of (ISC)² certification

Your Pathway to Certification

Who Earns the CAP?

The CAP is ideal for IT, information security, and information assurance practitioners and contractors who use the RMF in:

  • The U.S. federal government, such as the U.S. Department of State or Department of Defense
  • The military
  • Civilian roles, such as federal contractors
  • Local governments
  • Private sector organizations

Is the CAP Right for You?

The CAP isn’t the best cybersecurity certification option for everyone. Before you start down your certification path, make sure you aren’t missing an opportunity to pursue a credential more aligned with your immediate career goals.

Our broad portfolio of accredited security certifications, include:

CISSP

Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation

SSCP

IT/ICT Security Administration

CCSP

Cloud Security

CSSLP

Secure Software
Development

HCISPP

Healthcare Security & Privacy

 

What will You Need to Know to Pass the CAP Exam?

The CAP exam evaluates your expertise across seven domains. Think of the domains as topics you need to master based on your professional experience and education.

CAP Domains

  • Domain 1. Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Domain 2. Categorization of Information Systems
  • Domain 3. Selection of Security Controls
  • Domain 4. Security Control Implementation
  • Domain 5. Security Control Assessment
  • Domain 6. Information System Authorization
  • Domain 7. Monitoring of Security Controls

Download the CAP Exam Outline for a deeper dive into the CAP domains:

If your exam is before October 15, 2018, download here.

If your exam is after October 15, 2018, download here.

For a complete list of acronyms and terms you may encounter during your (ISC)² exam, reference the translated (ISC)² Certification Acronym and (ISC)² Certification Terms glossaries.

Register for Your CAP Exam

Don’t wait. If you’re ready to pursue the CAP certification, commit yourself now by registering for the 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.

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Get CAP 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 many Official Training Providers help you get ready for the rigorous CAP 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: What you need to know to be successful and review relevant domains.
  • Official study guides: Strengthen your knowledge in a specific domain and get in more exam practice time.
  • Official flash cards: Prepare for the CAP exam anytime, anywhere.
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Gain the Necessary Work Experience

To qualify for this cybersecurity certification, you must pass the exam and have at least two years of cumulative, paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² CAP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

Learn more about CAP Experience Requirements.

Don’t have enough experience yet? You can still pass the CAP exam and become an Associate of (ISC)² while you earn the required work experience.

Complete the Endorsement Process

Once you receive notification that you have successfully passed the exam, you can start the online endorsement process. This process attests that your assertions regarding professional experience are true and that you are in good standing within the cybersecurity industry.

Agree to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics

All information security professionals who are certified by (ISC)² recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. All (ISC)² members are required to commit to fully support (ISC)² Code of Ethics Canons:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

Join A Global Community Of Cybersecurity Leaders

Once you are certified and become an (ISC)² member, you’re a part of a global community of more than 138,000 certified cybersecurity professionals focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. In addition to that extensive network, a wealth of continuing education opportunities help you keep your skills sharp, informed of the latest trends and best practices, and ensures your expertise remains relevant throughout your career. Learn more about (ISC)² member benefits.

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