Register for (ISC)² Training & Examinations

Are you ready to earn your (ISC)² certification?

Before you register for training and/or the examination, be sure to download the Exam Outline which contains prerequisites and examination topics areas, as well as brief descriptions of the examination structures and materials, suggested educational references, basic registration policies, and much more. Also make sure you meet the organizational standards so that you may become a member of (ISC)² after you pass the examination.

 

 

Examination Policies & Procedures

Rescheduling or Cancellation of an Examination Appointment 

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your examination appointment, you must contact Pearson VUE at least 48 hours before the exam date by contacting Pearson VUE online, OR at least 24 hours prior to examination appointment time by contacting Pearson VUE over the phone by referring to the Contact Information for your region. Canceling or rescheduling an examination appointment less than 24 hours via phone notification, or less than 48 hours via online notification is subject to a forfeit of examination fees. Examination fees are also forfeited for no-shows. Please note that Pearson VUE charges a 50 USD/35 £/40 € fee for reschedules, and 100 USD/70 £/80 € fee for cancellations.

Late Arrivals or No Shows   

If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled examination appointment starting time, you have technically forfeited your assigned seat.  It will then be up to the discretion of the test center as to whether or not you may still take the examination without affecting subsequent candidates' appointments.

All attempts will be made to accommodate candidates who arrive late. If the schedule is such that the test center is not able to accommodate a late arrival, however, you will be turned away, the examination result will appear in the system as a no-show and your examination fees will be forfeited.

If you fail to appear for an examination, the examination result will appear in the system as a no-show and your examination fees will be forfeited.

Procedure for Requesting Special Accommodations

Disabilities
(ISC)² provides special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991. If a disability prevents you from taking the examination under normal conditions, you may request special accommodations. Candidates who require special accommodations should not schedule their examination appointment online or call the main Pearson VUE registration line. Requests for accommodations should be made to (ISC)² in advance of the desired testing appointment by submitting medical documentation, an explanation of accommodations needed, type of examination, and examination location to membersupport@isc2.org. Once (ISC)² grants the accommodations request, it is then submitted to Pearson VUE Accommodations. Please allow 2-3 business days and then you may call 800-466-0450 to schedule your examination appointment. Please note 'Testing Anxiety' is not a condition subject to accommodations under ADA.

Proper Identification

(ISC)² requires two forms of identification, a primary and a secondary, when checking in for an examination appointment at a test center. All candidate identification documents must be valid (not expired) and must be an original document (not a photocopy or a fax).

Primary IDs: Must contain a permanently affixed photo of the candidate, along with the candidate's signature.

Secondary IDs: Must have the candidate's signature.

Accepted Primary ID (photograph and signature, not expired)  

  • Government issued Driver's License or Identification Card
  • U.S. Dept of State Drivers License
  • U.S. Learner's Permit (card only with photo and signature)
  • National/State/Country Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Passport Cards
  • Military ID
  • Military ID for spouses and dependents
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)
  • Government Issued local language ID (plastic card with photo and signature
  • Employee ID
  • School ID
  • Credit Card*
Accepted Secondary ID (contains signature, not expired)
  • U.S. Social Security Card
  • Debit/(ATM) Card
  • Credit Card*
  • Any form of ID on the primary list

*A credit card can be used as a primary form of ID only if it contains both a photo and a signature and is not expired. Any credit card can be used as a secondary form of ID, as long as it contains a signature and is not expired. This includes major credit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. It also includes department store and gasoline credit cards.

Name Matching Policy

The first and last name on the identification document must exactly match the first and last name on your registration record with Pearson VUE. If the name you have registered with does not match the name on the identification document your present, you must bring proof of legal name change to the test center on the day of the test. The only acceptable forms of legal documentation are marriage licenses, divorce decrees, or court sanctioned legal name change documents. All documents presented at the test center must be original documents.

If a mistake is made with a name during the application process, you must contact (ISC)² to correct the information in advance of the actual test date. Name changes cannot be made at the test center or on the day of the examination.  If you do not meet the requirements presented in the name matching policy on the day of the test you will be asked to leave the testing center and you will forfeit the testing fee.

Examination Agreement and Non-Disclosure Agreement

You must agree to the terms listed in (ISC)2’s Examination Agreement.  This agreement is located here.  Prior to starting the exam, you are also required to accept (ISC)² Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and are required to accept the agreement prior to being presented with examination items.  If you do not accept the NDA, or refuse to accept it within the time allotted, the examination will end, and you will be asked to leave the test center. No refund of examination fees will be given for any reason. 

Check-In Process

Plan to arrive at the test center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled testing time. For checking-in:

  • You will be required to present two acceptable forms of identification.
  • You will be required to provide your signature, submit to a palm vein scan*, and have your photograph taken. Hats, scarves and coats may not be worn in the testing room, or while your photograph is being taken.
  • You will be required to leave your personal belongings outside the testing room. Secure storage will be provided. Storage space is small, so candidates should plan appropriately.  Test centers assume no responsibility for candidates' personal belongings.
  • The Test Administrator (TA) will give you a short orientation, and then will escort you to a computer terminal. You must remain in your seat during the examination, except when authorized to leave by test center staff. You may not change your computer terminal unless a TA directs you to do so.

Raise your hand to notify the TA if you

  • Believe you have a problem with your computer.
  • Need to change note boards.
  • Need to take a break.
  • Need the administrator for any reason.

Weapons are not allowed on test center premises. If you bring a weapon, or something considered a weapon by the test administrator, into the test center, you will be asked to store that item in your car. If you did not drive to the test center, you will be allowed to store it in the locker with your other personal belongings. The only exemption is for law enforcement or security personnel on site performing an official duty, such as apprehending a dangerous individual. This exemption does not apply to law enforcement or security personnel scheduled to take a test; such persons must leave weapons outside the test center.

*Unless prohibited by law.

Examination Time Limit and Breaks

Total examination time per certification:

 Up to 6 hours for:

  • CISSP

Up to 4 hours for:

  • CCFP
  • CCSP
  • CSSLP

Up to 3 hours for:

  • CAP 
  • HCISPP 
  • ISSAP 
  • ISSEP 
  • ISSMP 
  • SSCP

Total examination time includes any unscheduled breaks you may take.  All breaks count against your testing time.  You must leave the testing room during your break, but you may not leave the building or access any personal belongings unless absolutely necessary (e.g. for retrieving medication). Additionally, when you take a break, you will be required to submit to a palm vein scan before and after your break.

Examination Format and Scoring

  • The CAP examination contains 125 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each.
  • The CISSP examination consists of 250 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each and innovative drag & drop and hotspot items.
  • The CCFP examination contains 125 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each.
  • The CCSP examination contains 125 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each.
  • The CSSLP examination consists of 175 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each.
  • The HCISPP examination contains 125 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each.
  • The ISSAP, ISSEP, and ISSMP concentration examinations contain 125, 150, 125 multiple choice items respectively with four (4) choices each.
  • The SSCP examination contains 125 multiple choice items with four (4) choices each.

There may be scenario-based items which may have more than one multiple choice item associated with it.  

Each of these examinations contains 25 pretest items which are included for research purposes only.  The pretest items are not identified; therefore, answer all questions to the best of your ability. The passing score required is a scale score of 700 out of a possible 1000 points.

Examination Languages

  • CAP: English
  • CCFP-EU: English, German
  • CCFP-IN: English
  • CCFP-KR: Korean
  • CCFP-US: English
  • CCSP: English
  • CISSP: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese
  • CSSLP: English
  • HCISPP: English
  • CISSP-ISSAP: English
  • CISSP-ISSEP: English
  • CISSP-ISSMP: English
  • SSCP: English, Japanese, Portuguese

Test Administration Environment

Test centers administer many types of examinations including some that require written responses (essay-type). Test centers have no control over typing noises made by candidates sitting next to you while writing their examination. Typing noise is considered a normal part of the computerized testing environment, just as the noise of turning pages is a normal part of the paper-and pencil testing environment. Earplugs are available upon request. 

Results Reporting

You will receive your unofficial examination result at the test center. The results will be handed out by the Test Administrator during the checkout process.

In some instances, real time results may not be available. A comprehensive statistical and psychometric analysis of the score data is conducted during every testing cycle before scores are released. A minimum number of candidates are required to take the examination before this analysis can be completed. Depending upon the volume of test takers for a given cycle, there may be occasions when scores are delayed for approximately 6-8 weeks in order to complete this critical process.  Results WILL NOT be released over the phone. They will be sent via email from (ISC)² as soon as the scores are finalized.  If you have any questions regarding this policy, you should contact (ISC)² prior to your examination.

Examination Irregularities and Results Invalidation

(ISC)² examinations are intended to be delivered under standardized conditions. If any irregularity or fraud is encountered before, during, or after the administration of the examination, (ISC)² will examine the situation and determine whether action is warranted. If (ISC)² determines that any examination irregularity or fraud has happened, it may choose not to score the examination of the affected test taker(s), or it may choose to cancel the results of the affected test taker(s).

(ISC)² may at its sole discretion revoke any and all certifications you may have earned and ban you from earning future (ISC)² certifications, and decline to score or cancel any examination under any of the circumstances listed in the (ISC)² Examination Agreement.  Please refer to the (ISC)² Examination Agreement for further details.

Retake Policy  

 CISSP, SSCP, CSSLP, CAP, ISSEP, ISSAP, and ISSMP: Test takers who do not pass the examination the first time will be able to retest after 30 days.  Test takers that fail a second time will need to wait 90 days prior to sitting for the examination again.  In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the examination will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt.  Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² examinations a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.

CCFP, HCISPP and CCSP: Test takers who do not pass the examination the first time will be able to retest after 90 days.  Test takers that fail a second time will need to wait an additional 90 days prior to sitting for the examination again.  In the unfortunate event that a candidate fails a third time, the next available time to sit for the examination will be 180 days after the most recent exam attempt.  Candidates are eligible to sit for (ISC)² examinations a maximum of 3 times within a calendar year.