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How to Get Your CSSLP Certification

Here are the steps to become a certified CSSLP:

1. Obtain the Required Experience

  • Have a minimum of four years of cumulative paid full-time professional experience in the software development lifecycle (SDLC) in one or more of the eight domains of the (ISC)² CSSLP CBK® or three years of recent work experience with a four-year college degree, or regional equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or related fields.
  • Don’t have the experience? Become an Associate of (ISC)² by successfully passing the CSSLP CBT exam. You’ll have 5 years to earn your experience to become a CSSLP.

2. Study for the Exam

3. Schedule the CBT Exam

4. Pass the Exam

Pass the CSSLP 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 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 CSSLP 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], 90 credits of which are required every three years. A minimum of 15 CPEs must be posted during each year of the three-year certification cycle. More information on qualifying CPEs will be available upon certification.
  • CSSLPs must also pay an annual maintenance fee of $100 per year.

*Audit
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.

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