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Newcomer I

SSCP Exam

Hi guys,

I am new to the ISC2 Scene. I am currently a college student taking cybersecurity courses and was wondering during my path or after graduation would I  be able to qualify to take the SSCP exam or would I still need to have that required 1 year job experience first?

 

Thank you!

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Contributor II

Re: SSCP Exam

You can take any of the exams without having the experience.  It's not a prerequisite.

 

But if you want the certification, you'll need the experience for that.  If you can't provide proof of experience within 9 months of taking the exam, you can apply for Associate of ISC2 status.  This allows you to maintain that passing score until you gain the experience.  But there is a limit that you must do so within the experience requirement plus one year.  (ie, the CISSP requires 5 years experience, so you have 6 years to get it).

 

Now, you could get the experience while at school.  For myself, I actually worked as a sysadmin for the school while I was getting my degrees.

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Michael Brown, CISSP, HCISPP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, GSLC, GSTRT, ISSA Fellow
Newcomer I

Re: SSCP Exam

I see. I already work as a security specialist. But my work is very minimal. As I don't work in a soc or anything. I just work at a infrastructure.
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Re: SSCP Exam


@mralvinli wrote:

Hi guys,

I am new to the ISC2 Scene. I am currently a college student taking cybersecurity courses and was wondering during my path or after graduation would I  be able to qualify to take the SSCP exam or would I still need to have that required 1 year job experience first?

 

Thank you!


From (ISC)2's website:

 

Experience Required:
  • Candidates must have a minimum of one year of cumulative work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).
  • A one-year experience waiver will be granted for a candidate who received a degree (bachelors or masters) in a cybersecurity program.

This information can be located on:

 

https://www.isc2.org/certifications

 

So you may be able to get a waiver for your college degree.

 

Regards


Diana

 

Contributor II

Re: SSCP Exam

You don't have to work in a SOC.

 

I suggest you download the free Guide to the SSCP.

 

You need to have experience in ONE of seven domains:

Domain 1. Access Controls
Domain 2. Security Operations and Administration
Domain 3. Risk Identification, Monitoring and Analysis
Domain 4. Incident Response and Recovery
Domain 5. Cryptography
Domain 6. Network and Communications Security
Domain 7. Systems and Application Security

 

So you may be doing this as part of your infrastructure work.  Even as a sysadmin, I was doing some of the above such as access control, system security, etc.

 

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Michael Brown, CISSP, HCISPP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, GSLC, GSTRT, ISSA Fellow
Newcomer II

Re: SSCP Exam

Yes you still qualify for taking the exam! Even without the one year, if you take the exam and pass, you can still work up to the one year to make it official and receive the certification. It's not let they cannot allow you to take the exam anyway. Also, if you want to join my study group for SSCP, just PM me.

Newcomer II

Re: SSCP Exam

Wow!!! I couldn't have said it better myself!!! Thank you for your post!! It is very clear and correct.

Newcomer I

Re: SSCP Exam

I would love to join your study group! I've also paid for the courses in coursera as well.

Newcomer II

Re: SSCP Exam

Hey I will. Check your inbox!!