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CCSP Experience Requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security and one year in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK. Earning (ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.

A candidate who doesn’t have the required experience to become a CCSP may become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CCSP examination. The Associate of (ISC)² will then have six years to earn the five years required experience.

Part-time work and internships may also count towards your experience.

Work Experience

Valid experience includes information systems security-related work performed in a cloud computing environment, or work that requires cloud security knowledge and involves direct application of that knowledge. Experience must fall within one or more of the six domains of the (ISC)² CCSP CBK:

  • Domain 1. Architectural Concepts & Design Requirements
  • Domain 2. Cloud Data Security
  • Domain 3. Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Security
  • Domain 4. Cloud Application Security
  • Domain 5. Operations
  • Domain 6. Legal & Compliance

Full-Time Experience: Your work experience is accrued monthly. Thus, you must have worked a minimum of 35 hours/week for four  weeks in order to accrue one month of work experience

Part-Time Experience: Your part-time experience cannot be less than 20 hours a week and no more than 34 hours a week.

  • 1040 hours of part-time = 6 months of full time experience
  • 2080 hours of part-time = 12 months of full time experience

Internship: Paid or unpaid internship is acceptable. You will need documentation on company/organization letterhead confirming your position as an intern. If you are interning at a school, the document can be on the registrar’s stationery.

One Year Prerequisite Pathway

CSA’s CCSK certificate can be substituted for one year of experience in one or more of the six domains of the CCSP CBK.

Full Prerequisite Pathway

(ISC)²’s CISSP credential can be substituted for the entire CCSP experience requirement.

Not Enough Experience?

Start on a pathway to certification with the Associate of (ISC)²!  You can take a certification exam without the work experience. If you pass, you simply work to get the experience needed for certification.

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