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One Million Certified in Cybersecurity for a Safe and Secure Cyber World

(ISC)² Pledges One Million FREE (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity℠ Courses and Exams

See yourself in cybersecurity. You don’t need experience — just the passion and drive to enter a demanding and rewarding field, one that opens limitless opportunities worldwide.

As part of our commitment to help close the cybersecurity workforce gap and diversify those working in the field, (ISC)² is offering FREE Certified in Cybersecurity  (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams to one million people.

Advancing DEI in Cybersecurity
To encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce, (ISC)² will work closely with partner organizations as part of this program to reach populations underrepresented in cybersecurity. We’ve pledged half of the commitment – 500,000 course enrollments and exams – to this effort. Organizations serving these groups and willing to partner with us in this DEI effort can contact us at inclusion@isc2.org.

Start Your Journey
To participate in the One Million Certified in Cybersecurity program, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Create an account. If you already have an (ISC)² account, sign in.
  2. Complete your (ISC)² Candidate application form and select Certified in Cybersecurity as your certification of interest.
  3. Once the application is complete, you’ll become an (ISC)² Candidate. It’s free to join - your (ISC)² Candidate $50 annual dues are waived until September 2023. You’ll gain free access to Official (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity Online Self-Paced Training and a code to register for the free certification exam. You will find your access on the Candidate Benefits page.
  4. Upon passing the exam, you’ll become a certified member of (ISC)² – the world’s largest association of certified cybersecurity professionals – with access to a broad range of professional development resources to help you throughout your career.

Please note: Upon passing the exam and becoming a certified member, your $50 AMF will be due.

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In order to meet every learner’s needs, we’re also offering two Certified in Cybersecurity training bundles with special extras. Explore all Certified in Cybersecurity training options.

  • FAQ's FAQ's
    Q:

    Why is (ISC)² developing an entry-level certification?

    A:

    Research from (ISC)² and others continues to conclude that there is a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. While there are many contributing factors, we believe one solution is to create a certification that enables candidates – including students, young professionals and career-changers – to demonstrate to employers their familiarity with foundational cybersecurity concepts as determined by cybersecurity professionals and practitioners already in the field.

    Q:

    What is (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity℠?

    A:

    (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity is a foundational cybersecurity certification designed to help recipients build a pathway to a rewarding career in cybersecurity. This entry-level certification will prove to employers you have the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an entry- or junior-level cybersecurity role. It proves your willingness and ability to learn and grow on the job. Learn more here.

    Q:

    Who should consider participating in this opportunity?

    A:

    The Certified in Cybersecurity entry-level certification is ideal for:

    • IT professionals
    • Career changers
    • College students or recent graduates
    • Advanced high school students or recent graduates
    Q:

    How much work experience is required to earn this certification?

    A:

    Unlike other (ISC)² certifications, there is no work experience requirement to earn the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification.

    Q:

    Why will this certification be different from other foundational certifications?

    A:

    We believe a need still exists in our industry for a certification that is attainable for newcomers and recognizes the growing trend of people entering the cybersecurity workforce without direct IT experience. Employers need confidence that when hiring new entrants into the field they have a solid grasp of the right technical concepts, and a demonstrated aptitude to learn on the job. Moreover, as an (ISC)² certification, the recipient will be an (ISC)² member backed by the world’s largest network of certified cybersecurity professionals helping them continue their professional development and earn new achievements and qualifications throughout their career.

    Q:

    What can I expect from the online self-paced course?

    A:

    The online self-paced course is a recorded review session that introduces learners to the content covered in the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam outline. The review sessions are led by an authorized (ISC)² instructor and cover the five domains of the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification. The sessions are designed specifically to help learners prepare to take the Certified in Cybersecurity exam. Learners have access to the course for 180 days.

    Q:

    Can I take the exam without starting or completing the education course?

    A:

    Yes, you can take the exam at any time you feel ready.

    Q:

    How do I register for the free exam?

    A:
    • Create an account with Pearson VUE, the exclusive global administrator of (ISC)² exams.
    • Select the certification: CC: Certified in Cybersecurity.
    • Select your testing location and schedule your exam.
    • Enter promo code you’ve obtained after submitting the candidate application form.
    Q:

    What do I need to know about exam day?

    A:

    This exam follows all standard (ISC)² exam policies and practices, including rescheduling and special accommodations. Learn more here. It is recommended that all candidates review these policies and procedures prior to sitting for the exam.

    Q:

    What topics are covered in the course and on the exam?

    A:

    There are five domains to this certification, listed below. For more details on the exam, review the (ISC)² Certified in Cybersecurity exam outline.

    • Security Principles
    • Business Continuity (BC), Disaster Recovery (DR) & Incident Response Concepts
    • Access Controls Concepts
    • Network Security
    • Security Operations
    Q:

    How long is the exam?

    A:

    The exam contains 100 multiple choice test items in a standard, linear exam format. There is a two (2) hour maximum administration time that is inclusive of all optional breaks and information screens.

    Q:

    Can candidates skip a test item on the exam and answer it later?

    A:

    No. Candidates cannot skip an exam item and return to it later.

    Q:

    How will I know if I pass the exam?

    A:

    Candidates will receive a pass or fail result at the test center upon completion of the exam.

    Q:

    Can I take the exam online?

    A:

    The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam will only be available in-person at (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test centers

    Q:

    Is the exam available worldwide?

    A:

    Candidates will be able to take the entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam at any (ISC)²-authorized Pearson VUE test center that offers English language examinations.

    Q:

    Is the exam available in multiple languages?

    A:

    The entry-level Certified in Cybersecurity certification exam is currently available in English but will be available in Chinese Simplified, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish on December 31, 2022.

    Q:

    Can I transfer my free course and/or exam registration to someone else?

    A:

    No, the course training and corresponding exam registration are issued to you. You may, however, encourage your peers to take advantage of the One Million Certified in Cybersecurity initiative.

    Q:

    What are the requirements to maintain the Certified in Cybersecurity certification after passing the exam?

    A:

    Certified in Cybersecurity credential holders will need to earn 45 CPE credits during their three-year certification cycle to maintain the certification. We recommend earning 15 credits per year.

    Q:

    What is the Certified in Cybersecurity Certification fee and when do I need to start paying for it?

    A:

    The Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF) for Certified in Cybersecurity is U.S. $50. This is due upon certification.

    Q:

    Who can I contact if I still have questions?

    A:

    If you have additional questions about the exam process or registration, please contact ExamAdministration@isc2.org. If your questions are regarding (ISC)² membership, please reach out to MemberSupport@isc2.org

    Q:

    As an employer, what does it mean if a job candidate has this certification?

    A:

    Those who pass this exam have proven their knowledge, skills and abilities in the fundamentals of cybersecurity. They have a proficient understanding of policies and processes and have demonstrated their commitment to further cybersecurity education and development.

    Q:

    Is there an age restriction to take an (ISC)² examination?

    A:

    You must be 16 years old to sit for an (ISC)² examination.

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