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Question regarding the requirement of CISSP



Just a quick question regarding the requirements for CISSP. From the requirements page, it states that it requires certain security certifications to qualify for CISSP after passing the exam.


The question is: Is it possible to get a CISSP without having these certifications after passing the exam? I have worked in a network security-related job for many years, but I don't have any security-related certifications, not even a CCNA Security. However, I do have two CCIEs in other networking areas.



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ISC2 Team

Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative, full-time experience in two or more of the eight domains of the current CISSP Exam Outline. Earning a post-secondary degree (bachelors or masters) in computer science, information technology (IT) or related fields may satisfy up to one year of the required experience or an additional credential from the ISC2 approved list may satisfy up to one year of the required experience. Part-time work and internships may also count towards the experience requirement.

Approved Credential on the ISC2 Approved List
You can satisfy one year work experience if you hold one of the approved credentials on the below ISC2 approved list.


A candidate who doesn't have the required experience to become a CISSP may become an Associate of ISC2 by successfully passing the CISSP examination. The Associate of ISC2 will then have six years to earn the five years required experience.

Work Experience

Your work experience must fall within two or more of the eight domains of the ISC2 CISSP Exam Outline:

  • Domain 1. Security and Risk Management
  • Domain 2. Asset Security
  • Domain 3. Security Architecture and Engineering
  • Domain 4. Communication and Network Security
  • Domain 5. Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Domain 6. Security Assessment and Testing
  • Domain 7. Security Operations
  • Domain 8. Software Development Security

Full-Time Experience: Your work experience is accrued monthly. Thus, you must have worked a minimum of 35 hours/week for four weeks in order to accrue one month of work experience.

Part-Time Experience: Your part-time experience cannot be less than 20 hours a week and no more than 34 hours a week.

  • 1040 hours of part-time = 6 months of full time experience
  • 2080 hours of part-time = 12 months of full time experience

Internship: Paid or unpaid internship is acceptable. You will need documentation on company/organization letterhead confirming your position as an intern. If you are interning at a school, the document can be on the registrar's stationery.