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Experience Waiver for CISSP®

CISSP candidates are eligible to waive one year of professional experience if certain circumstances apply and with appropriate documentation.

The purpose of this is to recognize the efforts of any CISSP candidate who has received education and/or any credential deemed as approved, and apply it toward a waiver of experience. 

Policy

A candidate shall be permitted a waiver of one  year experience if:

  • Based on a candidate’s education
    Candidates can substitute a maximum of one year of direct full-time security professional work experience described above if they have a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an advanced degree in information security from the U.S. National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). 

           OR

  • For holding an additional credential on the (ISC)² approved list below
    Valid experience includes information systems security-related work performed as a practitioner, auditor, consultant, investigator, or instructor that requires information security knowledge and involves the direct application of that knowledge. The five years of experience must be the equivalent of actual full-time information security work (not just information security responsibilities for a five-year period); this requirement is cumulative, however, and may have been accrued over a much longer period of time.

Approved Credentials for Experience Waiver:

  • Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional
  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • Certified Cyber Forensic Professional (CCFP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker v8
  • Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) 
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS
  • Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
  • Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security)
  • Cisco Cyber Security Specialist Program
  • CIW – Security Analyst
  • CIW Web Security Professional
  • CIW Web Security Specialist
  • CompTIA Advanced Security  Practitioner (CASP)
  • CompTIA Security+ 
  • CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)
  • GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)
  • GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW)
  • GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
  • GIAC Certified Forensics Examiner (GCFE)
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP)
  • GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
  • GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
  • GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB)
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certificatied (GSEC)
  • GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC)
  • GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)
  • Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor (IRCA)
  • Information Security Management Systems Principal Auditor (IRCA) 
  • Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) 
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
  • The International Association for Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certification 
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