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Cyber Certified Experts Program


Certified Expert Recovery Specialist (CERS)®

Certified Expert Recovery Specialist (CERS)®

Certified Expert Recovery Specialist (CERS)®


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Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate ‘s understanding of the instructions, recommendations, and considerations for federal information system contingency planning. The candidate will validate their abilities on the seven progressive steps of each stage of the system development life cycle and fundamental planning principles necessary for developing an effective contingency capability.

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
  • 800-34, Rev. 1, Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems

Candidates must possess at least 3 Years relevant experience in recovery and contingency planning 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).

Additional Information

Pricing Opitons

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