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How to Get Your SSCP® Certification

Here are the steps to get your SSCP certification from (ISC)²:

1. Obtain the Required Experience

Valid experience includes information systems security-related work performed, or work that requires information security knowledge and involves direct application of that knowledge.  For the SSCP certification, a candidate is required to have a minimum of 1 year of cumulative paid full-time work experience in one or more of the 7 domains of the SSCP CBK.  If you do not have the required experience, you may still sit for the exam and become an  Associate of (ISC)² until you have gained the required experience.  

2. Study for the Exam 

Note: Effective April 15, 2015, the SSCP exam will be based on a new exam blueprint. Please refer to the Exam Outline and FAQs for details.

3. Schedule the CBT Exam

4. Pass the Exam

Pass the SSCP 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 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 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 Certification

Recertification is required every 3 years by meeting all renewal requirements, which include:

  • Earn and submit a minimum of 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits each year of the 3-year certification cycle and total of 60 CPE credits by the end of the 3-year certification cycle
  • Pay the annual maintenance fee (AMF) of US$65 each year of the 3-year certification for a total cycle for a total of US$195
  • Abide by the (ISC)² Code of Ethics

For more details concerning the SSCP annual maintenance and renewal requirements, please contact (ISC)² Member Services at membersupport@isc2.org.  

Audit Notice*

Passing candidates will be randomly selected and audited by (ISC)² Member Services prior to issuance of any certificate. Multiple certifications may result in a candidate being audited more than once.