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Prerequisite Pathway for CISSP

CISSP candidates can earn certification with four years of professional experience instead of five if certain circumstances apply and with appropriate documentation.

The purpose of this is to recognize a broader breadth of relevant experience for qualified CISSP candidates who have received education and/or any credential deemed as approved, and apply it as recognized credit toward required work experience.

A candidate shall be permitted to earn CISSP certification with four years of relevant work experience:

  • Based on a candidate’s education

    Candidates can substitute a maximum of one year of direct full-time security professional work experience if they have a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an advanced degree in information security from the U.S. National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE).
  • Or for holding an additional credential on the (ISC)² approved list below

    Candidates can satisfy one year of full time work experience if they hold one of the approved certifications on the below (ISC)² approved list.

Approved Credentials include:

  • Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional
  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • Certified Cyber Forensic Professional (CCFP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker v8 or higher
  • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS
  • Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
  • Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security)
  • Cisco Cyber Security Specialist Program
  • CIW – Security Analyst
  • CIW Web Security Professional
  • CIW Web Security Specialist
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)
  • GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)
  • GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW)
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
  • GIAC Certified Forensics Examiner (GCFE)
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP)
  • GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
  • GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
  • GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB)
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certificate (GSEC)
  • GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC)
  • GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)
  • HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP)
  • Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor (IRCA)
  • Information Security Management Systems Principal Auditor (IRCA)
  • Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)