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Cyber Certified Experts (CCE)® Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Featured FAQs

How can I get a copy of the Certification Holder Policies and Guidelines?
Email us at certifications@lunarline.com, subject: Requesting Certification Holder Policy.

How do I pay my annual fees?
Visit the online payment form.

How do I submit my PDCs?
Visit the online PDC submission form.

How do I view my three-year cycle status/progress?
Email us at certifications@lunarline.com, subject: Requesting My Profile Summary.

Candidate FAQs (pre-exam)

What qualifies as proof of military service (Vets versus active duty)?
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Proof of service may include:

  • Active Duty: Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • Veterans: Service Verification through your eBenefits account (preferred, see steps below); Veteran Identification Card (VIC); or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty DD 214.

The Department of Veterans Affairs makes validating military service easy. Just follow these steps: Login to eBenefits > Click on the eBenefits logo (top left) > Click on VA Letters link > Click on Service Verification link > Print to .pdf

Once registered how long do I have access?
Registration must occur within one (1) year of purchase. Once registered, access to the exam expires in sixty (60) days. Once the exam has started, you must complete the exam within a single session in the allotted timeframe.

How many attempts do I have at passing the exam?

Each Exam Pass or Discounted Retake provides only a single attempt. If the Exam Reload Package is purchased, you receive the initial Exam Pass, plus one additional Retake, if necessary.

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.

Please review the CE exam policies for additional terms and limitations.

Is the exam timed?  How long is the exam?
Each exam is timed (varies from 90-150 minutes), the specific time limit is provided upon registration and can be requested in advance by emailing certifications@lunarline.com.

Is this an open-book exam?
This is not an open-book exam. Study notes, online materials, or other resources, including providing or accepting assistance is not appropriate and would violate exam policy. Additional exam policies can be reviewed at https://www.schoolofcybersecurity.com/certified-expert-certifications/exam-policy.

What is the passing grade?
There is a minimum score of 70% to successfully pass each exam.

What is the exam format?
Candidates are required to apply cyber concepts and experience to a series of exam items, including multiple choice, T/F, and scenario-based questions. Exams are static; presenting the candidate with a fixed set of items in a variety of difficulty levels.

Which certification is best for me?
Our exams offer a variety of concentrated areas. It is best to target the one that is of most value to you and that will best highlight your experience and knowledge.

If you successfully pass any exam (score 70% or higher), than you would qualify for the Certified Expert ASSOCIATE-level. If you want to earn the EXPERT-level, you will need to ensure that you can show proof of the requisite experience (each certification is different, please review the certifications on our website for requisite experience). https://www.schoolofcybersecurity.com/cyber-certified-experts-program/

How should I prepare/study? Do you offer training?
Take a spin through the website and select the certification(s) of interest. Authoritative Sources are listed for each, and are the best resources to review in preparation.

Should you want additional training based on those authoritative sources, SCS Training has a variety of options. It is important to keep in mind that the Training and Certification Programs are independent from each other; CE exams are not based on any SCS course. However, the additional training may be of value to understand the topics (if desired). Visit the SCS online course catalog and email training@lunarline.com with any training-specific questions.

How can I get access to the listed Authoritative Sources?
These industry standards are available online in their respective site. We have consolidated a list of direct links to many of the top level domains, CLICK HERE. These are external to Lunarline’s website, and the URLs may change periodically. Should you notice any broken links, we welcome feedback to certifications@lunarline.com.

What does vendor-neutral mean?
Vendor-neutral certifications attest to the candidate’s knowledge of the subject. Vendor-neutral certifications validate the candidate’s unbiased knowledge of technology principles.

The School of Cyber Security (SCS) Cyber Certified Experts (CCE) Program offers certifications designed to reflect knowledge of cyber processes and terminology. Our vendor-neutral exams are specifically aligned with industry-recognized standards, and offer a variety of concentrated areas. A candidate is assessed by:

  1. Reviewing Experience: A minimum number of years in cyber and the associated skill set is required for Expert level certification.
  2. Testing Competence: The candidate is required to apply cyber concepts and experience to a series of exam questions.
  3. Ongoing Development: Maintenance of a certification requires the accumulation of ongoing professional development credits (PDCs).
Certification Holder FAQs (Post Certification)

How can I get a copy of the Certification Holder Policies and Guidelines?
Email us at certifications@lunarline.com, subject: Requesting Certification Holder Policy.

What are the certification cycle requirements?
Once you earn a Certified Expert (CE) credential, you are certified for a period of three years. Every CE credential requires you to pay a $75 annual fee and report sixty (60) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) during the three-year certification cycle to be eligible for renewal.

Exceptions: Those that were certified prior to 2017 received a waiver of annual requirements through the 2017 renewal. At the 2017 renewal, all Certification Holders are automatically enrolled in the updated program and will need to ensure compliance to all cycle requirements.

Participants of the Veterans Day offer will receive a partial waiver of requirements (excluding CEAS and CEHT). This will be represented by a subtraction of the first annual fee ($75) and 20 PDCs from the total due over three years.

You will receive email reminders and status updates regarding your account. Please continue to keep us updated with your best email address; any updates should be sent to certifications@lunarline.com.

How do I pay my annual fees?
Visit the online payment form.

When do I need to pay my annual fees?
Annual fees may be paid yearly or you may pay the entire three-year cycle all at once. The due date of each annual fee is based on your cycle start date. The annual fees may be submitted anytime, however must be current prior to submitting PDCs.

If at any time you are unsure of your balance, email certifications@lunarline.com. Reminders will be sent via email periodically to update you on your activity and status. Visit the online payment form to submit payments.

Why must I renew my certification?
All Lunarline CCE Program certifications have been updated to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (aka the NICE Framework) NIST Special Publication 800-181 and are currently approved by the NICCS Program; NICCS is managed by the Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch (CE&A) within DHS and partnered with National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE), and the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. We are also moving towards the ANSI / DoD 8570.01 requirements. This requires an update to the certification requirements to include continuing education to stay relevant and meet the changing specialized training requirements. Note that certification holders must pay an annual fee as part of their successful cycle completion.

Exceptions: Those that were certified prior to 2017 received a waiver of annual requirements through the 2017 renewal. At the 2017 renewal, all Certification Holders are automatically enrolled in the updated program and will need to ensure compliance to all cycle requirements.

Participants of the Veterans Day offer will receive a partial waiver of requirements (excluding CEAS and CEHT). This will be represented by a subtraction of the first annual fee ($75) and 20 PDCs from the total due over three years.

You will receive email reminders and status updates regarding your account. Please continue to keep us updated with your best email address; any updates should be sent to certifications@lunarline.com.

What are eligible Professional Development Credits (PDCs)?
Certificate Holders can earn PDCs through a variety of opportunities. The goal of PDCs is to ensure that your certified competencies stay relevant and up-to-date. PDC activities must relate to topics that are substantially consistent (at least 50%) with the Concentration Area for your credential. There are many opportunities to earn PDCs. Examples include completing a higher academic course, attending educational/training courses and seminars, attending conferences, attending vendor presentations, preparing for presentation/lecture/training, publishing a security article or book, completing self-study, etc.

Additional details and instructions for submitting PDCs are available in the Certification Holder Policies and Guidelines. We hope that being a Certificate Holder is rewarding and we strive to make earning PDCs as simple as possible.

How do I submit my PDCs?
Visit the online PDC submission form.

Do I need to take the test after being certified?
Certification Holders will not need to retake the exam and can maintain their credential by paying a $75 annual fee and reporting sixty (60) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) during the three-year certification cycle to be eligible for renewal.

 

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