The CISSP Endorsement Process

It’s truly a great feeling when some of our blog readers pass their CISSP exam!

Sometimes they even email me to let me know how this website helped in their success.  To feel like a part of someone else’s success, is a feeling like none other.

After it has sunk in that they have finally passed the CISSP after months and months of studying, some readers ask me about beginning the CISSP endorsement process.

It’s a fairly clear and simple process in theory, but I did have a few problems, read about it here: Take The Exam Again? No Way!

The CISSP is the only certification I know where you have to have a required number of years of on-the-job experience to even attempt the exam.  That’s when I knew this is a serious security exam!

After passing the exam, another fellow CISSP has to endorse you.  This way, one is accountable for the other.  Do you know why this is?  Probably to discourage cheating.  If you vouch for someone, and it is found that they somehow cheated during the exam, both of your CISSP titles will be revoked.  So not only do you have to be honest during the exam, you also have to be honest in real life for anyone to willfully endorse you!  Serious stuff!  This is why the CISSP certification is a gold standard in the security industry and a worthy one to have!

CISSP Endorsement Checklist


Steps to Becoming Endorsed

  • Fill out your portion of the endorsement form

  • Have your CISSP fill out their portion of the endorsement form

  • Attache your resume to the endorsement form

  • Mail, fax, or e-mail endorsement form and resume to the ISC2

You have 9 months from the time you passed the CISSP exam to submit your application.  Don’t wait until the last minute though, plan early!  If you aren’t endorsed because of some technical error, you’ll have to take the CISSP exam again! You certainly don’t want that!

Thanks for reading, please email me if you have any further questions!

Security Engineer

  • Wai Yan Phyo

    Hello, I have one unclear thing here!As for me, I still didn’t have security working experience so I know I can only become cissp associate after passing the exam! So do I need to get a fellow cissp endorsement for this associate status? Or do I need it just after filling my four year experiences (comptia sec+ certificate will make one year waive for me) to become fully CISSP! And also when do I need to submit for waive approvement to ISC2? I am sorry if my question make you confused because of my bad english writing! But I really want to know it and thanks for your precious guide posts for us bro!

    • studynotesandtheory

      Hello Wai! Don’t worry about your English, we can understand you just fine.

      To address your questions:

      Do I need to get a fellow CISSP endorsement for this associate status?
      You do not need another CISSP to endorse you for the associate status, only when you are going for status of full CISSP. When you go for the full status, that is when another CISSP must endorse you. To maintain the associate status, you do have to get CPE credits, and work toward obtaining your 5 years of experience. It’s good you have the Sec+, that counts as one year!

      When do I need to submit for waive approvement to ISC2?
      When you submit all your information in the Endorsement Process, that is when you provide information that you can have 1 year waived for 5 years of experience. Just provide them your Security+ number!

      Hope that answers your questions, if not please let me know!

      • Wai Yan Phyo

        Thanks bro, your reply mesaage is very useful for us! I will ask another questions if I have unclear thoughts! Thanks always for your ever patiently support to us!

  • Shweta Kshirsagar

    HI StudyNotesAndTheory

    ISC2 mentions that it takes 6 weeks to complete the endorsement process. That a standard response and the timeline they mention. However in practice how many days does it take on an average to get the endorsement completed? Do we get the certificate mailed to our postal address?

    In your case how much time did this whole thing take?

    • studynotesandtheory

      I think mine took exactly about 6 weeks! And yes, they do send the certificate to your postal address. I don’t think I know anyone who got it in anything less than 4 weeks. I’ve most commonly seen that if they say 6 weeks, it’s going to take 6 weeks, or a bit longer.

      In the package you get the certificate, a letter of congratulations, and a brochure of what you get as a brand new ISC2 member!

      I framed mine, and it hangs on top of my monitors at home.

      • Shweta Kshirsagar

        Thank you!… the 6 week wait is just too much…but I guess there’s no option.