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Don't Meet the CISSP, CAP, CSSLP, SSCP, CCFP or HCISPP Professional Experience Requirements?

Don't worry! You can still become an Associate of (ISC)² by completing and submitting the examination form and successfully passing either the CISSP, CSSLP, CAP, SSCP, CCFP or HCISPP examination.

The Associate of (ISC)² designation is valid for a maximum of six years from the date (ISC)² notifies you that you have passed the CISSP exam, within which time, you'll need to obtain the required experience and submit the required endorsement form for certification as a CISSP.

The Associate of (ISC)² designation is valid for a maximum five years from the date (ISC)² notifies you that you have passed the CSSLP exam, within which time, you'll need to obtain the required experience and submit the required endorsement form for certification as a CSSLP.

The Associate of (ISC)² designation is valid for a maximum of three years from the date (ISC)² notifies you that you have passed the CAP exam, within which time, you'll need to obtain the required experience and submit the required endorsement form for certification as a CAP.

The Associate of (ISC)² designation is valid for a maximum two years from the date (ISC)² notifies you that you have passed the SSCP exam, within which time, you'll need to obtain the required experience and submit the required endorsement form for certification as a SSCP.

The Associate of (ISC)² designation is valid for a maximum seven years from the date (ISC)² notifies you that you have passed the CCFP exam, within which time, you'll need to obtain the required experience and submit the required endorsement form for certification as a CCFP.

The Associate of (ISC)² designation is valid for a maximum two years from the date (ISC)² notifies you that you have passed the HCISPP exam, within which time, you'll need to obtain the required experience and submit the required endorsement form for certification as a HCISPP.

   Associate of (ISC)² must:  

  • Subscribe to the (ISC)² Code of Ethics  
  • Submit a minimum number of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits per year for the duration of the Associate status
  • Pay Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs)
  • Maintain status in good standing.

Once you have achieved the professional experience requirements for the specified certification, please submit your completed Endorsement form and resume/CV to (ISC)² Programs to convert your status from Associate of (ISC)² to CISSP, CAP, CSSLP, SSCP or CCFP status.