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Cyber Certified Experts Program


Certified Expert Risk Executive (CERE)®

Certified Expert Risk Executive (CERE)®

Certified Expert Risk Executive (CERE)®


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Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate’s ability to manage information security risks to organizational operations, organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation resulting from the operation and use of federal information systems. The candidate will exhibit their ability to integrate an organization-wide risk management processes (RMF). They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the system development life cycle, information system boundaries, and security control allocations. The candidate will have a strong understanding of each step in the RMF. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate their ability to implement security and privacy controls for federal information systems and other organizations.

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
  • SP 800-37 Rev. 1 – Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach
  • SP 800-53 Rev. 4 – Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations (RA, PM Family)
  • SP 800-39 – Managing Information Security Risk: Organization, Mission, and Information System View
  • NIST 800-30 Rev 1 – Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments

Candidates must possess at least 3 Years relevant experience in information security and risk assessments  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)