Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate’s ability to conduct assessments of security and privacy controls employed within federal information systems and organizations. The candidate shall demonstrate their knowledge on conducting security control assessments that support organizational risk management processes and that are aligned with the stated risk tolerance of the organization. The candidate shall also demonstrate knowledge of the six-steps of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) which include security categorization, security control selection, security control implementation, security control assessment, information system authorization, and continuous monitoring.
Candidates will have a 60 day period to complete the exam. Candidates will have one attempt at each exam; each exam is timed.
- SP 800-53A Revision 4 – Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations: Building Effective Assessment Plans
- SP 800-37 Rev. 1 – Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach
Candidates must possess at least 3 years of experience in information security assessments and auditing 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.