How to Register for a CISSP Exam

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How to Register for a CISSP Exam
CISSP certification is for security information professionals. (taking test image by Petro Feketa from

The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) credential is for experienced security professionals who develop procedures and policies. CISSP was the first security information certification accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard 17024 2003. This certification is an objective measurement of proficiency and excellence in security information policy development. The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., is the international leader in certifying and educating career professionals. Positions with government agencies and large corporations now require credentialed individuals before consideration for hiring. Eligibility requirements and an exam must be passed before the CISSP certification is issued.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Become eligible for the CISSP credential by working in the field of security information for five years, passing the exam and committing to the Code of Ethics.

  2. 2

    Select the CISSP certification examination location and date (see Resources for website information).

  3. 3

    Log in to create a record and account.

  4. 4

    Agree to the Terms & Conditions.

  5. 5

    Complete and submit the exam application online. Make sure each section is filled in and all questions answered. Any application with errors or confusing information will need to be redone.

  6. 6

    Pay the early or regular fee online according to the fee schedule. The regular payment for a U.S. candidate is £389. The early fee discount can be used if payment is made 16 days before your exam date. Mail or fax the fee and application if you are using a money order or cashier's check. The current address and fax information is on the exam application.

  7. 7

    Receive approval for exam eligibility by e-mail. You will be sent all admission documents and information pertaining to the credentialing exam.

Tips and warnings

  • Maintain CISSP certification by paying the annual maintenance fee and acquiring the minimum number of Continuing Professional Education credits for every three-year cycle.
  • The exam fee is forfeited for not showing up or cancelling less than five days prior to the exam date.

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