Getting Ready for Your ISC2 Exam

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Start Your Journey to Certification

ISC2 certification exams are computer-based evaluations that test your experience and knowledge in the field of cybersecurity, specific to the domains of each certification. Before you register for your exam, familiarize yourself with the certification and exam process.

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What is the Certification Process?

Passing an ISC2 exam is only the first step in earning your certification.

After you pass your exam, you’ll receive an email with your official results so you can begin the endorsement process and confirm you have the necessary work experience to become fully certified. The application must be endorsed and digitally signed by an ISC2 certified professional. If you do not know an ISC2 certified professional in good standing, ISC2 can act as endorser for you.

Next, all ISC2 members are required to commit to and fully support the ISC2 Code of Ethics:

  • Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.
  • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
  • Provide diligent and competent service to principles.
  • Advance and protect the profession.

Finally, you will be notified via email that you can pay your first Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) to begin your membership cycle.

To maintain your certification, you will be required to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. We make it easy for you earn CPE credits and grow professionally through a wide array CPE opportunities.

How to Register for Your Exam

For instructions on how to register for your ISC2 exam, visit Register for Your Certification Exam.

  • If you are already an ISC2 Member or ISC2 Candidate, log in to your account. If you do not already have an ISC2 account, you will need to create one.
  • Complete the ISC2 Exam Account Information form.
    IMPORTANT: You must enter your information exactly as it appears on the identification (ID) you will present at the test center. If it is not an exact match, you will not be able to take your test and you will not be reimbursed for any fees paid.
  • Once your form is submitted you will be redirected to the Pearson VUE website.
  • On the Pearson VUE site, you can select your exam of choice, the language of the exam (if applicable) and the test center location.
  • Select an appointment time, review the Non-Disclosure Agreement and pay for your exam on the Pearson VUE site.

Exam Pricing

Review our global exam pricing before you register for your exam.

To help organizations better work within their training budgets, the ISC2 Voucher Program enables employers to purchase seats for Official ISC2 CBK Training Seminars and examinations in bulk quantity.

If you are eligible for assistance covering your exam fee through the GI Bill, learn more about Veteran Benefits.

ISC2 Candidate Background Qualifications

Familiarize yourself with the ISC2 candidate background qualifications. These are the standards you need to meet to become an ISC2 member when you pass your exam.

Where to Take Your Exam

All ISC2 exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

Questions Regarding Exams?
Join the conversation with other cybersecurity professionals on the ISC2 Community Exams discussion board.

Exam Agreement

By taking an ISC2 exam, you are agreeing that you have read the ISC2 Examination Agreement and fully understand and accept your obligations.

Examination Legal Notice

Impartiality Statement
ISC2 is committed to impartiality by promoting a bias and discrimination free environment for all members, candidates, staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. ISC2’s board of directors, management and staff understand the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, manage conflict of interest and ensure the objectivity of its certification. If you feel you have not received impartial treatment, please send an email to notice@isc2.org or call +1.727.785.0189, so that we can investigate your claim.

Non-Discrimination Policy
ISC2 is an equal opportunity employer and does not allow, condone or support discrimination of any type within its organization including, but not limited to, its activities, programs, practices, procedures, or vendor relationships. This policy applies to ISC2 employees, members, candidates, and supporters. Whether participating in an ISC2 official event or certification examination as an employee, candidate, member, staff, volunteer, subcontractor, vendor, or client if you feel you have been discriminated against based on nationality, religion, sexual orientation, race, gender, disability, age, marital status or military status, please send an email to notice@isc2.org or call +1.727.785.0189, so that we can investigate your claim. For any questions related to these polices, please contact the ISC2 Legal Department at legal@isc2.org.

Certification Exam Vouchers
ISC2 and ISC2 Official Training Partners are the only authorized organizations with the ability to offer exam vouchers for ISC2 certification exams. Be wary of "unofficial" providers who ask for your employee's Pearson VUE credentials; release of Pearson VUE credentials to unauthorized third parties is a violation of ISC2 Non-Disclosure Agreement. Authorized third parties include Candidate, Pearson VUE and ISC2. Violations of the ISC2 Non-Disclosure Agreement may result in the immediate and permanent termination of your exam result or certification(s).

Global Availability
ISC2 certification exams and education products are offered to candidates around the world. However, we are required to comply with U.S. and various international trade restrictions. This may restrict our ability to transact with candidates residing within affected nations and/or working within impacted industries or sectors. These restrictions may also apply to foreign nationals pursuing ISC2 certification while living and working in countries impacted by trade restrictions. If you feel you are eligible to purchase an exam seat or education product that is currently unavailable to you through our exam administration partner, Pearson VUE, or via our online store, please contact your regional office: