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How to Get Your CISSP® Certification

Here are the steps to become a CISSP:  

1. Obtain the Required Experience

Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the ten domains of the (ISC)² CISSP CBK®. Candidates may receive a one year experience waiver with a four-year college degree, or regional equivalent OR additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list, thus requiring four (4) years of direct full-time professional security work experience in two or more of the ten domains of the CISSP CBK.

Don't have the experience? Become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CISSP exam. You'll have six years to earn your experience to become a CISSP.

2. Study for the Exam

  • Download the Exam Outline 
  • Get a sneak peek into each of the CISSP CBK Domains with these Webcasts from (ISC)²
  • Buy the textbook, the Official (ISC)² Guide to the CISSP
  • Test your knowledge with studISCope, an actual simulation of the exam you will face for CISSP. Receive an actual study plan detailing the domains you need to focus on.
  • Take an Official (ISC)²CISSP CBK Training Seminar. These in-classroom seminars help you review and refresh your knowledge of information security. Conducted by (ISC)² Authorized Instructors, each of whom is up-to-date on the latest information security-related developments and is an expert in credential-specific domains. Or, sign up for (ISC)²'s Live OnLine course, available over the Internet in real-time - a convenient way to take advantage of our proven review seminars from your laptop or desktop anywhere in the world.
  • If you don't have the time for an in-classroom seminar and Live OnLine doesn't work with your schedule, then (ISC)²'s eLearning  is perfect for you.  With the convenience of eLearning, you can learn on your schedule and from wherever you happen to be. You can take advantage of our Live OnLine seminars, or you can take advantage of our self-paced lectures and exercises. Both options have been developed to address the key learning styles of our certification candidates. Choose the one that's right for you.

3. Schedule the CBT Exam

4. Pass the Exam

Pass the CISSP examination with a scaled score of 700 points or greater. Read the Exam Scoring FAQs.

5. Complete the Endorsement Process

Once you are notified that you have successfully passed the examination, you will be required to subscribe to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics and have your application endorsed before the credential can be awarded. An endorsement form for this purpose must be completed and signed by an (ISC)² certified professional who is an active member, and who is able to attest to your professional experience. With the Endorsement Time limit, you are required to become certified within nine (9) months of the date of your exam OR become an Associate of (ISC)². If you do not become certified or an Associate of (ISC)² within nine (9) months of the date of your exam you will be required to retake the exam in order to become certified. [(ISC)² can act as an endorser for you if you cannot find a certified individual to act as one.]  Please refer to the Endorsement Assistance Guidelines  for additional information about the endorsement requirements.

6. Maintain the CISSP Certification

Recertification is required every three years, with ongoing requirements to maintain your credentials in good standing.  This is primarily accomplished through continuing professional education [CPE], 120 credits of which are required every three years. A minimum of 20 CPEs must be posted during each year of the three-year certification cycle. More information on qualifying CPEs will be available upon certification.  

CISSPs must also pay an annual maintenance fee of US$85 per year.

Audit Notice*

Passing candidates will be randomly selected and audited by (ISC)² Services prior to issuance of any certificate. Multiple certifications may result in a candidate being audited more than once.