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Cyber Certified Experts Program


Certified Expert Incident Manager (CEIM)®

Certified Expert Incident Manager (CEIM)®

Certified Expert Incident Manager (CEIM)®


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Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate’s ability to manage the process to restore normal service operation as quickly as possible to minimize the impact to business operations.  The candidate shall demonstrate knowledge on planning, coordinating, communicating, implementing, and monitoring all the activities required to restore normal operations from the incident.  The candidate shall demonstrate establishing continuous process improvement to enhance future incident management responses.

Candidates will have a 60 day period to complete the exam.  Candidates will have one attempt at each exam; each exam is timed.

Authoritative Sources
  • NIST SP 800-34 – Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems
  • NIST SP 800-61 – Computer Security Incident Handling Guide

Candidates must possess at least 3 years of experience with incident responses as a member of a CERT or COOP Team in order to obtain the Certified Expert certificate.  Those that pass the test, but do not possess the requisite experience, will be awarded the Certified Expert Associate certificate.  Once the required experience is achieved, they may resubmit for the Certified Expert certificate.

Renewal: Each certification must be renewed annually; requiring 20 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and payment of a $75 certification renewal fee.

If the exam is successfully completed prior to 2017, the candidate is considered a CCE Program Early Adopter.  As a thank you, all early adopters will have their annual PDC requirement and annual fee waived on their first anniversary.

Additional details regarding PDC and renewal fee submission will be sent to all early adopters early 2017.

Certification Award

Once you have successfully passed the test with a 70% grade, you can obtain your certificate by submitting proof that you meet the requirements (resume or other documentation) by email to Once the requirements are verified, you will receive your certificate by email and a paper copy will be mailed to your physical address. (Please include your current physical address with your submission).

Experience Documentation Audits: All submissions are subject to an audit.

Each submission has a 30-day audit window from the date of submission.  If your submission is selected for an audit, you will be notified via email within this window. The audit notification provides detailed information on how to comply with the terms of the audit.

Additional Information

Pricing Options

Exam Pass ($350), Exam Retake Package ($385), Additional Attempt ($225)