“You can’t take the CISSP exam without the minimum 5 years of full-time paid work experience in the security field” – This is NOT true.
Who would say such a thing without first finding out if it’s true? Unfortunately, it was me! Sorry about that!
In all my excitement after passing the CISSP exam, I misunderstood what the “Endorsement Processing Specialist” told me in this post: Take The Exam Again? No Way!
I didn’t take the time to read that one could maintain an Associate status after passing the exam, until 5 years of real-world security work was completed.
I just recently became aware of the CISSP Associate certification status through a knowledgeable member of the Study Notes and Theory Facebook group!
A CISSP Associate is one who has taken and passed the CISSP exam, but has not worked 5 years in the information security field yet.
How to Become an Associate CISSP
2. Notify the ISC(2) of your accomplishment
4. Maintain CPE credits and pay yearly dues
5. After 5 years in the information security field, go through the Endorsement Process. You’ll have 6 years to obtain your 5 years of experience.
After endorsement verification, your status will change from “CISSP Associate” to “CISSP Certified” !
JUST to make sure that I’m not once again providing incorrect information, I gave an “Endorsement Processing Specialist” a call at the ISC(2) to confirm, check out the audio recording below!