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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 (1) year experience if:

  • One year waiver of the professional experience requirement 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 in OR an advanced degree in information security from the U.S. National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE). 

           OR

  • One-year waiver of the professional experience requirement 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 fulltime 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:

  • CERT Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)
  • Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional
  • Certified Computer Crime Prosecutor
  • Certified Computer Examiner (CCE)
  • 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)
  • Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
  • Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional Security(CCNP)
  • Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
  • CIW – Security Analyst
  • CIW Web Security Associate
  • CIW Web Security Professional
  • CIW Web Security Specialist
  • CompTIA Security+
  • 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 Certified UNIX Security Administrator (GCUX)
  • GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN)
  • GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
  • GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
  • GIAC ISO 2700 Specialist (62700)
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (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)
  • MCITP Microsoft Certified IT Professional
  • Microsoft Certified Server Administrator (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)