How to Get CISSP Certification:
In Depth Eligibility Requirements
Becoming a CISSP certified professional requires a combination of education, work experience, and passing an exam. It is a rigorous process, but the CISSP certification is highly regarded in the field of information security and can lead to career advancement opportunities.
What is CISSP Certification?
CISSP stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional and is a globally recognized certification in the field of information security. It is offered by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, also known as (ISC)².
In order to achieve the certification, you’ll have to meet the experience and education requirements and pass a rigorous exam.
What are the eligibility criteria to get CISSP Certified?
CISSP Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative, full-time experience in two or more of the eight domains of the current CISSP Exam Outline. Earning a post-secondary degree in computer science, information technology (IT) or related fields may satisfy up to one year of the required experience or an additional credential from the ISC2 approved list may satisfy up to one year of the required experience. Part-time work and internships may also count towards the experience requirement.
A candidate who doesn’t have the required experience to become a CISSP may become an Associate of ISC2 by successfully passing the CISSP examination. The Associate of ISC2 will then have six years to earn the five years required experience.
CISSP Requirements Eligibility Quick Reference
You may satisfy one year of required experience through holding one of the following below (you will then need four years of relevant work experience):
- A four-year college degree or regional equivalent
- An advanced degree in IS from the U.S. National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE).
Your work experience must fall within two or more of the eight domains of the ISC2 CISSP Exam Outline:
- Domain 1. Security and Risk Management
- Domain 2. Asset Security
- Domain 3. Security Architecture and Engineering
- Domain 4. Communication and Network Security
- Domain 5. Identity and Access Management (IAM)
- Domain 6. Security Assessment and Testing
- Domain 7. Security Operations
- Domain 8. Software Development Security
Full-Time Experience: Your work experience is accrued monthly. Thus, you must have worked a minimum of 35 hours/week for four weeks in order to accrue one month of work experience.
Part-Time Experience: Your part-time experience cannot be less than 20 hours a week and no more than 34 hours a week.
- 1040 hours of part-time = 6 months of full time experience
- 2080 hours of part-time = 12 months of full time experience
Internship: Paid or unpaid internship is acceptable. You will need documentation on company/organization letterhead confirming your position as an intern. If you are interning at a school, the document can be on the registrar’s stationery.
Ready to Get Started?
If your work experience and education meet the qualifications and requirements, we’d love to help you get started on your application and on the way to passing your exam by enrolling in one of our public CISSP Certification Boot Camps classes. We offer classes in over 20 cities and online, usually once a month. Our instructor led courses cover all aspects of the examination as well as extremely helpful test taking strategies and exam simulators to make sure you are fully ready.
Starting the Path 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, you should understand the certification and exam process.
What is the Certification Process?
Passing an ISC2 exam is the first step in earning your certification.
After successfully passing 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.
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.
Where to Take Your Exam
All ISC2 exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.