What is the Certification Process?
Passing an (ISC)² exam is only the first step in earning your certification.
After you pass your exam, you’ll receive an email with your official results so you can begin the endorsement process and confirm you have the necessary work experience to become fully certified. The application must be endorsed and digitally signed by an (ISC)² certified professional. If you do not know an (ISC)² certified professional in good standing, (ISC)² can act as endorser for you.
Next, all (ISC)² members are required to commit to and fully support the (ISC)² Code of Ethics:
- 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.
Finally, you will be notified via email that you can pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) to begin your membership cycle.
To maintain your certification, you will be required to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. We make it easy for you earn CPEs and grow professionally through a wide array CPE opportunities.
How to Register for Your Exam
Review our global exam pricing before you register for your exam here.
To help organizations better work within their training budgets, the (ISC)² Voucher Program enables employers to purchase seats for Official (ISC)² CBK Training Seminars and examinations in bulk quantity.
If you are eligible for assistance covering your exam fee through the GI Bill, learn more about Veteran Benefits.
(ISC)² Candidate Background Qualifications
Familiarize yourself with the (ISC)² candidate background qualifications. These are the standards you need to meet to become an (ISC)² member when you pass your exam.
Where to Take Your Exam
All (ISC)² exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.
Each exam is computer-based. Wondering what to expect? You can watch both a demo and a tutorial of the exam experience on the Pearson VUE website.
By taking an (ISC)² exam, you are agreeing that you have read the (ISC)² Examination Agreement and fully understand and accept your obligations.
Examination Legal Notice
(ISC)² is committed to impartiality by promoting a bias and discrimination free environment for all members, candidates, staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. (ISC)²’s board of directors, management and staff understand the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, manage conflict of interest and ensure the objectivity of its certification. If you feel you have not received impartial treatment, please send an email to email@example.com or call +1.727.785.0189, so that we can investigate your claim.
(ISC)² is an equal opportunity employer and does not allow, condone or support discrimination of any type within its organization including, but not limited to, its activities, programs, practices, procedures, or vendor relationships. This policy applies to (ISC)² employees, members, candidates, and supporters. Whether participating in an (ISC)² official event or certification examination as an employee, candidate, member, staff, volunteer, subcontractor, vendor, or client if you feel you have been discriminated against based on nationality, religion, sexual orientation, race, gender, disability, age, marital status or military status, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1.727.785.0189, so that we can investigate your claim. For any questions related to these polices, please contact the (ISC)² Legal Department at email@example.com.
Certification Exam Vouchers
(ISC)² and (ISC)² Official Training Providers are the only authorized organizations with the ability to offer exam vouchers for (ISC)² certification exams. Be wary of "unofficial" providers who ask for your employee's Pearson VUE credentials; release of Pearson VUE credentials to unauthorized third parties is a violation of (ISC)² Non-Disclosure Agreement. Authorized third parties include Candidate, Pearson VUE and (ISC)². Violations of the (ISC)² Non-Disclosure Agreement may result in the immediate and permanent termination of your exam result or certification(s).