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Certification Rules and Policies


Professional references

Professional references must be from individuals who have professionally worked with you and can validate your information security expertise, current and previous work history, as well as your job performance. You cannot use anyone as a reference who falls under your supervision or is a relative. The candidate shall provide two professional references.

Professional experience

Complete information is required: including job title, begin dates, end dates, responsibilities and more. Summarize each assignment, providing sufficient detail to describe the nature of the responsibilities that you had. This information can be detailed in your resume.

Audit experience 

The candidate's application and CV will be checked to ensure that the applicant has the minimal required number of audit-hours. The following audit types constitute valid audit experience: pre-assessment/pre-audit, gap analysis, internal audits, second party audits, third/external audits or opinion audit. This information can be detailed in your resume.

Project experience 

The candidate's application and CV will be checked to ensure that the applicant has the minimal required number of implementation-hours. The following implementation types constitute valid implementation experience: internal implementation, external/consulting implementation or partial implementation of an information security management system. This information can be detailed in your resume.

Auditing of Certification Applications

PECB randomly audits applications to validate the candidate's eligibility for certification. A candidate whose application is being audited will be notified in writing and given a reasonable timeframe to provide any additional documentation if required. If a candidate does not respond by the deadline, or does not provide the required documentation within the given timeframe, the application will be declared ineligible. 

Denial and Revocation of Certification

Certification will be denied or revoked for any of the following reasons:

  • Falsification of application
  • Violation of testing procedures
  • Misrepresentation
  • Failure to pass the examination

Denials or revocations of certification may be appealed to the Certification Board in writing.

The application payment for the certificate is not refundable.
This is due to the initiation of the procedures concerning the verification of the application, verification of the evidence submitted by the candidates, as well as the engagement of the relevant units in this process.

Non-discrimination and Special Accommodations

All candidate applications shall be evaluated objectively without regard to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, or marital status. PECB will allow for special accommodations as recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or an equivalent National Law, as long as the disability is not one which would render the individual incapable of performing the duties of a certified position. A candidate who needs special accommodations must make the request in writing and allow an extra two weeks for processing of the application.

Complaint and appeal

Requests for an appeal must be made no later than 30 days after the applicant is denied certification. Within 30 days after the receipt of the written appeal, PECB must provide the applicant with a written response. Please contact us if you need a complaint form. To read more about complaint and appeal procedure, please visit: PECB complaint and appeal procedure



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