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CAP CBOK rewrite?

Having been through other ISC certifications, (CISSP & CCSP), I'm tempted to pursue the CAP, but I'm leery of catching myself in a Body of Knowledge rewrite window. 

 Does anyone know where the CAP is in this process...How long the current book is good for or if it's in process of being rewritten?

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I don't know if the CAP CBK / exam / official study guide are due a rewrite, but, even if they are, judging by the order in which these things seem to happen, the official study guide will be the last thing to be updated.


Looking at the book on Amazon published August 2012, the table of contents suggests it's fairly well aligned with the domains listed in the current CAP exam outline document which is dated October 2018:


Although the more recent reviews on Amazon say the book is out of date, people have been using it to pass the exam along with reviewing the supplemental references - which is standard for ISC2 exams anyway.


As ever, the guidance contained in the exam outline states "Candidates are encouraged to supplement their education and experience by reviewing relevant resources that pertain to the CBK and identifying areas of study that may need additional attention.


View the full list of supplementary references at"


These are the supplementary references they list:


NIST SP 800-18 Rev 1
NIST SP 800-30 Rev 1
NIST SP 800-37 Rev 1
NIST SP 800-39
NIST SP 800-53 Rev 4
NIST SP 800-53A Rev 4
NIST SP 800-60 Vol1 rev 1
NIST SP 800-64 Rev 2
NIST SP 800-88 Rev 1
NIST SP 800-115


At least they're all NIST documents you can easily download for free!


I guess you'll need to decide how long it will take you to prepare for and pass the exam? If we're talking under 6 months or so I'd say you don't need to worry about any rewrites.

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I would add FIPS 200, SP 800-59 and CNSSI-1253 to the list of documents.