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Maintain Your Certification

To remain in good standing as a member of (ISC)² you must:

  • Abide by the (ISC)² Code of Ethics
  • Obtain and submit the required Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs)
  • Submit Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) upon receipt of annual invoices

(ISC)² Code of Ethics

It should go without saying that no certificate holder should be working in the security IT industry if he or she is in violation of ethical standards required by the Board of Directors. All cyber security professionals who are certified by (ISC)² recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. In support of this principle, all (ISC)² members are required to commit to fully support the (ISC)² Code of Ethics.

Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs)

Security technology is constantly changing. Ensuring continued competence is accomplished by meeting the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours required by the Board of Directors.

Each certification has annual and overall three-year CPE requirements that must be met in order to maintain your certification in good standing. Even if you satisfy the three-year CPE requirements in the first or second year of your certification cycle, you must still satisfy the annual CPE requirement for the remaining year(s) of your three-year certification cycle.

(ISC)² has made it easier than ever for members to obtain their CPE credits on a regular basis, offering access to live educational events around the world, as well as online seminars (available exclusively to (ISC)² members) that can be taken in the comfort of one’s home or office.

Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs)

Payment of Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) ensures that the organization has the necessary financial resources to maintain member records, ensures certification continues to meet the needs and requirements of the market, and ensures that the organization will continue to be a functional, dynamic entity far into the future.

Maintenance Requirements

  • CISSP®
    CISSPs are required to earn and post a minimum of 20 CPE credits (of the 120 CPE credits required in the three-year certification cycle) and pay the AMF of US$85 during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member’s certification or recertification annual anniversary date. For CISSPs who hold one or more concentrations, CPE credits submitted for the CISSP Concentration(s) will be counted toward the annual minimum CPE credits required for the CISSP.
  • CISSP Concentrations AMF's
    ISSAP's, ISSEP's and ISSMP's are required to pay the AMF of US$35 per concentration per year of the three-year certification cycle before the member's certification or recertification annual anniversary date.
  • SSCP®
    SSCPs are required to earn and post a minimum of 10 CPE credits (of the 60 CPE credits required in the three-year certification cycle) and pay the AMF of US$65 during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member’s certification or recertification annual anniversary date.
  • CAP®
    CAPs are required to earn and post a minimum of 10 CPE credits (of the 60 CPE credits required in the three-year certification cycle) and pay the AMF of US$65 during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member’s certification or recertification annual anniversary date.
  • CSSLP®
    CSSLPs are required to earn and post am minimum of 15 CPE credits (of the 90 CPE credits required in the three-year certification cycle) and pay the AMF of US$100 during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member's certification or recertification annual anniversary date.
  • CCFPSM
    CCFPs are required to earn and post a minimum of 15 CPE credits (of the 90 CPE credits required in the three-year certification cycle) and pay the AMF of US$100 during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member's certification or recertification annual anniversary date.
  • HCISPPSM
    HCISPPs are required to earn and post a minimum of 10 CPE credits (of the 60 CPE credits required in the three-year certification cycle) and pay the AMF of US$65 during each year of the three-year certification cycle before the member’s certification or recertification annual anniversary date.

Regaining Membership if Certification Has Been Terminated

If your certification is terminated, you will need to retake and pass the examination to become certified again. Any outstanding AMF payments will need to be submitted prior to sitting for the exam. Once you have passed the exam, you will need to contact Member Services to reactivate your certification.

Certification holders that allow their credential to expire will be subjected to a $35 USD reinstatement fee upon recertification either through Appeal or repassing an examination.