Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate’s ability to understand and satisfy customer’s needs in terms of cost, quality, and timeliness; minimize administrative operating costs; conduct business with integrity, fairness, and openness; and fulfill other public policy objectives effectively as pertaining to contracts with of security and/or cybersecurity. The candidate shall demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Contracting Officer, the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation System.
Candidates will have a 60 day period to complete the exam. Candidates will have one attempt at each exam; each exam is timed.
- NIST SP 800-35 – Guide to Information Technology Security Services
- NIST SP 800-36 – Guide to Selecting Information Technology Security Products
- DoD 5220.22-M National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual
- DD Form 254
- DoD Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement SubPart 204.73
- Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations
- NIST SP 800-53 Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations
Candidates must possess at least 3 years of experience in contracting 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 they gain the required experience, 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.
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