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Cyber Certified Experts Program


Certified Expert Authorizing Official (CEAO)®

Certified Expert Authorizing Official (CEAO)®

Certified Expert Authorizing Official (CEAO)®

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Exam Pass – $350

The Exam Pass includes a single, initial exam attempt.

*Additional attempts would be available through the Discounted Retake, if necessary.

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Exam Reload Package – $385

The Exam Reload Package includes the initial Exam Pass ($350 value) PLUS one additional exam Retake, if necessary ($225 value).

*Non-transferable to other CE credentials or applicants.

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Discounted Retake – $225

The Retake is available for additional attempts beyond the initial purchased Exam Pass or Reload Package.

*Cannot be combined with promotions.

All exam passes, include retake passes, expire one (1) year from the date of purchase.
Retakes are only available after you have failed to pass the initial exam.
Retakes are limited to the same exam associated with the initial CE credential and must be taken by the same individual who took the initial exam.
Individuals must wait at least one day after failing an exam before a retake.
All retake timeframes are subject to compliance with the CE exam retake policies found at

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Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate’s ability to understand the processes and procedures required to prevent, detect, investigate, contain, eradicate, and recover from incidents that impact the organizational mission.  The candidate shall demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the required authority to formally assume responsibility and be held fully accountable for operating an information system at an acceptable level of risk.  The candidate shall demonstrate and understand the processes and procedures required to appropriately categorize and report cybersecurity incidents as dictated by policy as well as coordinate and communicate incident response actions with Law Enforcement Agencies, Federal agencies, and/or external governmental entities.

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 800-37 Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems
  • NIST 80-39 Managing Information Security Risk
  • NIST SP 800-53 Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations
  • DoDI 8510.01 Risk Management Framework for DoD IT
  • DoE O 205.1B Department of Energy Cyber Security Program

Candidates must possess at least 3 years of experience as a Representative or Designated AO 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.

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Pricing Options

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