In our previous blog, we looked at how to prepare for your Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) exam. Now let’s go over what happens once you’ve sat for the exam.
After your exam, and before you leave the testing center, you’ll be handed a printout that will inform you of your results. If you passed, congratulations! If not, don’t get discouraged – there’s more information at the end of this article on what to do next.
Within a week of passing your exam, you’ll receive an email with instructions to complete your CC certification and become an ISC2 member.
- Fill out the short online certification application form and confirm you’ve read and agree to our Code of Ethics .
- Pay your first U.S. $50 Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF).*
*If you are a Candidate and have paid your annual dues of U.S. $50 in the past 12 months, those funds will be used to cover your first CC AMF. Therefore, you won't need to make any payments until your next Annual Maintenance Fees are due.
Once these steps are complete, you will receive an email from ISC2 confirming you are officially CC-certified and an ISC2 member with all the benefits it brings.
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Valued by professionals and employers around the world, ISC2 certifications, such as the renowned CISSP, are the industry’s most widely recognized and sought-after achievements at all stages of a cybersecurity career. CISSP is the global gold standard in cybersecurity leadership. It demonstrates your abilities to design, implement and manage a best-in-class cybersecurity program in any environment.
Explore cybersecurity focus areas and find the next certificate or certification that’s a fit to your career goals. As an ISC2 member, you’ll save 20% on all online certification training and exam bundles for the lifetime of your membership.
ISC2 membership is about so much more than holding a global credential. Members and associates advance professionally with continuing education, peer-to-peer networking and opportunities to contribute to our vision of inspiring a safe and secure cyber world.
Cybersecurity is always evolving and requires lifelong learning to stay ahead of cyberthreats and the latest trends. CC certification isn’t the end of your journey, it’s a window to your future. And ISC2 is here for you every step of the way.
What if you don’t pass the exam the first time? While you’re at the exam center, you’ll receive a printout outlining your performance in each domain. Dive deep into the domains that require further review with the CC exam outline and the Official ISC2 CC eTextbook (only U.S. $19.95). Study, practice and watch one of our CC Exam Ready webinars for advice. Then, when you’re ready, purchase your second exam (U.S. $199) and schedule it.
Important notes on exam retake timing:
- If you don’t pass the exam on your first attempt, you may retest after 30 test-free days.
- If you don’t pass the exam on your second attempt, you may retest after 60 test-free days from your most recent exam attempt.
- If you don’t pass the exam on your third attempt and for all subsequent retakes, you may retest after 90 test-free days from your most recent exam attempt.
- You may attempt an ISC2 exam per each certification, e.g. CC, up to 4 times within a 12-month period.
Are you finding you need more time to prepare for the CC exam? Take the time you need. Just be sure to set a date for your exam and stick to it. With it on the calendar, you’re on track to stay motivated and accountable.
*If you are a Candidate and have paid your annual dues of U.S. $50 in the past 12 months, those funds will be used to cover your first CC AMF. Therefore, you won't need to make any payment until your next Annual Maintenance Fees are due.
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