You must pay the exam fee and sit the exam.
Once you have completed this succesfully; you have, up to, 9 months in order to pay your initial due fees.
If you do not pay the due fees, within 9 months, then you must sit the exam again.
Thanks for the reply. You mean to say i should first pay 599$ and sit for the CISSP exam. Pass the exam. Once i receive the acknowledgement copy and certificate. I should pay 35$ and become an associate of ISC2. Is the statement correct.
Passing the exam is the hard part. Once you have done that, you can work in the field to actually get certified. Make sure you keep good contacts with employers so you can prove you have been in the field.