Certification Program

  • About

    What are CIS professional certifications, and what can they do for you?

    In a world fraught with personal and corporate financial insecurity, the need for skilled and knowledgeable business professionals has never been greater. Compliance with local and international laws and industry regulations have raised the bar for professional business practices expected of organizations, which have in turn increased the need for professionals who know how to help organizations fulfill and document compliance with the new laws and regulations. Establishing and maintaining a solid risk-based approach to managing information security, business continuity/disaster recovery, and fraud control is no longer simply a good thing for organizations to do. Today, regulators demand it.

    Your experience in the field is an important component of your value to an employer. But experience isn’t enough. Employers need something quantifiable and verifiable to show them you have the expertise they need. Certification by a respected accreditation organization is becoming indispensable to the business professional.

    Positions in many large corporations and governmental agencies worldwide now require certification, and credentialed practitioners have a higher earning potential and greatly expanded career opportunities.Moreover, being certified makes a statement about who you are. You’ll be recognized as a knowledgeable, serious, dedicated professional – part of a globally recognized family of business professionals. For over 10 years, Certified Information Security has trained business professionals to:

    • Establish and manage effective enterprise risk management programs in conformance with internationally accepted frameworks and best practices.
    • Control internal fraud and abuse.
    • Secure information according to international best practices and stakeholder expectations.
    • Plan, deploy, maintain, and improve business continuity and disaster recovery management according to international best practices to ensure that critical business processes can survive disruptive events, and are restored within recovery time objectives.

    With the proper training and certification by Certified Information Security, you can illustrate to employers your documented and proven expertise to fulfil new and urgent needs in each of these three critical areas.

    Accreditation of Certifications

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    The International Risk Management Certification Board (IRMCB) is an independent Non-Governmental Organization accreditation authority that exists to lead and enhance the effective practice of enterprise risk management in conformance with recognized frameworks and standards of best practice such as ISO 31000 and COSO. The scope of IRMCB extends to related integrated risk management systems including:

    • Information Security Governance and Management aligned to the ISO/IEC 27001 specification and related ISO standards
    • Business Continuity Governance and Management aligned to ISO/IEC 22301 specification and related ISO standards
    • Fraud Control Governance and Management
    • Quality Management Systems aligned with ISO 9001:2015
    • Service Governance and Management aligned with ISO/IEC 20000

    Certified Information Security is an Authorized Training and Education Center (ATEC) for the International Risk Management Certification Board (IRMCB). CIS certifications are NOT certified and accredited to ISO standard 17024.

    Benefits of Certification

    Being a member of CIS says a lot about who you are, which is, after all, a consummate professional in a world fraught with security threats, including fraud incidents and other business disruptions. Certification gives you the backing, the education, the colleagues, the networking system, and the power to face these threats head on.

    With CIS certification, you’ll be part of a globally recognized family of information professionals. You’ll have access to our full spectrum of global resources, inside informational activities, private forums and peer networking, mentoring and sponsoring, research and teaching, and a wealth of ongoing information security, fraud control, and business continuity management opportunities at your fingertips.

  • Choosing the Right Credential

    Do you have experience in information security, fraud control, or business continuity management, but wonder where you stand with regard to the CIS certification process or which CIS credential is right for you? Simply go to our online certification catalog to determine which certification best suits your interests and experience.

  • Process

    Receiving your CIS credential is a several-step process:

    1. Required Experience – possessing the required number of years for the appropriate credential
    2. Study – taking advantage of the educational materials and courses CIS makes available for you to review and refresh your knowledge before taking the credential examination
    3. Membership – Participating in the CIS Body of Certified Professionals
    4. Application – validating your education and/or experience
    5. Examination – sitting and passing the appropriate exam
    6. Code of Ethics – committing to and abiding by principles and guidelines set forth by CIS
    7. Endorsement Process – attesting to your eligibility requirements

    Maintaining your membership requires the following:

    • Remaining in Good Standing - to remain in good standing as a member of CIS a credential holder must:
    • Abide by the Certified Information Security Code of Ethics.
    • Earn Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) - Credential holders must earn the minimum number of Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs) annually during each year of the three-year certification cycle. Although members may earn more than the minimum number of CPE credits required for credential maintenance for the three-year cycle, they are still required to earn and submit the minimum annual number to maintain their certification in “good standing.”
    • Pay 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.
  • Becoming a Member

    If you are not already an Associate Member of the CIS body of certified professionals, you must first become a member to pursue a CIS credential. As a member, you will be entitled to such member benefits as:

    • Certification Verification
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    Register to become an associate member now:

    New Membership: CIS Body of Certified Professionals (2019)

    New Membership: CIS Body of Certified Professionals (2019)

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    Membership Dues

    Initial membership applications are subject to an application fee of $20.00 USD, plus normal membership dues of $80.00 if approved. Memberships are then renewed annually in January for $80.00 USD. When joining AFTER 30 September of the current year, you will automatically receive membership through 31 December of the following year.

  • Code of Ethics

    All professionals who are certified by Certified Information Security (CIS) recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. In support of this principle, all CIS members are required to commit to fully support this Code of Ethics (the "Code"). CIS members who intentionally or knowingly violate any provision of the Code will be subject to action by a peer review panel, which may result in the revocation of certification. CIS members are obligated to follow the ethics complaint procedure upon observing any action by a CIS member that breach the Code. Failure to do so may be considered a breach of the Code pursuant to Canon IV, "Advance and Protect the Profession".

    There are only four mandatory canons in the Code. By necessity, such high-level guidance is not intended to be a substitute for the ethical judgment of the professional.

    Additional guidance is provided for each of the canons. While this guidance may be considered by the board of directors in judging behavior, it is advisory rather than mandatory. It is intended to help professionals identify and resolve the inevitable ethical dilemmas that they will confront during the course of their information security career.

    Code of Ethics Preamble:

    • Safety of the commonwealth, duty to our principals, and to each other requires that we adhere, and be seen to adhere, to the highest ethical standards of behavior.
    • Therefore, strict adherence to this Code is a condition of certification.

    Code of Ethics Canons:

    • Protect society, the commonwealth, and the infrastructure.
    • Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.
    • Provide diligent and competent service to principals.
    • Advance and protect the profession.

    The following additional guidance is given regarding pursuit of these goals.

    Objectives for Guidance

    • In arriving at the following guidance, the committee is mindful of its responsibility to:
    • Give guidance for resolving good versus good and bad versus bad dilemmas.
    • To encourage right behavior such as:
      • Research
      • Teaching
      • Identifying, mentoring, and sponsoring candidates for the profession
      • Valuing the certificate   
    • To discourage such behavior as:
      • Raising unnecessary alarm, fear, uncertainty, or doubt
      • Giving unwarranted comfort or reassurance
      • Consenting to bad practice
      • Professional association with non-professionals
      • Professional recognition of or association with amateurs
      • Associating or appearing to associate with criminals or criminal behavior  

    These objectives are provided for information only; the professional is not required or expected to agree with them. In resolving the choices that confront him or her, the professional should keep in mind that the following guidance is advisory only. Compliance with the guidance is neither necessary nor sufficient for ethical conduct. Compliance with the preamble and canons is mandatory. Conflicts between the canons should be resolved in the order of the canons. The canons are not equal and conflicts between them are not intended to create ethical binds.

    Protect society, the commonwealth, and the infrastructure

    • Promote and preserve public trust and confidence in information and systems.
    • Promote the understanding and acceptance of prudent information security measures.
    • Preserve and strengthen the integrity of the public infrastructure.
    • Discourage unsafe practice.

    Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally

    • Tell the truth; make all stakeholders aware of your actions on a timely basis.
    • Observe all contracts and agreements, express or implied.
    • Treat all members fairly. In resolving conflicts, consider public safety and duties to principals, individuals, and the profession in that order.
    • Give prudent advice; avoid raising unnecessary alarm or giving unwarranted comfort. Take care to be truthful, objective, cautious, and within your competence.
    • When resolving differing laws in different jurisdictions, give preference to the laws of the jurisdiction in which you render your service.
    Provide diligent and competent service to principals
    • Preserve the value of their policies, authorized business processes, and code of ethics.
    • Respect their trust and the privileges that they grant you.
    • Avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof.
    • Render only those services for which you are fully competent and qualified.
    Advance and protect the profession
    • Sponsor for professional advancement those best qualified. All other things equal, prefer those who are certified and who adhere to these canons. Avoid professional association with those whose practices or reputation might diminish the profession.
    • Take care not to injure the reputation of other professionals through malice or indifference.
    • Maintain your competence; keep your skills and knowledge current. Give generously of your time and knowledge in training others.
  • AMFs & CPEs

    Annual Maintenance Fees and Continuing Educational Credit Requirements

    Payment of Annual Maintenance Fees (AMFs) and maintaining your membership in the CIS Body of Certified Professionals (CISBCP) 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.

    • CFCM's, CICA's, ISO 27001 Lead Auditors, and CBCM's 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 corresponding Annual Maintenance Fee during each year of the three-year certification cycle.
    • CPFCS's, CFCP's, CBCS'es, CBCA's, and ISO 27001 Lead Implementers  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 corresponding Annual Maintenance Fee during each year of the three-year certification cycle.
    • CPFCS's, CFCA's, and CICRA's 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 corresponding Annual Maintenance Fee during each year of the three-year certification cycle.

    For any certifications starting after 30 September of the current year, AMF requirements shall be waived for the first subsequent year.

  • Certification Re-Activation


    Suspension of certification can only be lifted when the minimum annual CPE and AMF requirements are met. From the date of suspension, members will have a grace period of 90 days to get their CPE credits and AMFs up to date. If a member does not fulfill all CPE and AMF requirements within this 90 days, the member's membership will be terminated, and his or her certifications will be revoked.


    Regaining Membership and Certification if Certification Has Been Terminated

    If your certification is terminated, you will need to:

    1. Re-apply and purchase a new CIS Associate Membership, and pay for all membership renewals missed.
    2. Retake and pass your examination(s) to become certified again. Any outstanding AMF payments will need to be submitted prior to sitting for the exam(s). 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 re-certification through re-passing the required examination(s).


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