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CPE Questions: Read This First!

Before asking a question in the forum on what counts as a CPE, whether a specific activity can count as CPE, or how many you need, PLEASE read the current 2020 edition of the CPE Handbook to start your effort. We all need to know the information in the handbook to maintain our certifications.

 

If you still need help for your question, start a new thread in Member Support (not a reply to this one), use an informative Subject that will let staff and members know your problem, and cite the section or paragraph in the handbook that is confusing you. [Edited 4/6/2020 to add this paragraph]

 

If you are unsure what documents you need support a CPE submission, either initially or in audit, check the handbook first. If you do not see clear guidance there, then ask yourself what you would accept if you were performing a due process audit of someone else's claim for that activity or event.  [Edited 4/18/2020 to add this paragraph]

 

(Obviously, problems with the CPE reporting site do not fall under the handbook.)

 

Thanks to William @denbesten and Diana @dcontesti for spotting the announcement from Kaity @KaityEagle in the middle of another thread, and thanks to Kaity for pointing out the new edition there.

 

Kaity, please pin this new thread to the top of the Member Support.

 

<Rant> If a certified security professional is unable or unwilling to read the handbook to manage a career in the field, I question that individual's ability to understand and use the many technical and regulatory documents we all must use to do our jobs. Translation: Asking here before reading the rules makes me question whether I would recommend or hire that person.<Rant OFF>

 

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Newcomer I

Re: CPE Questions: Read This First!

Disappointing to see that there's still no mention of development or contributions to open source projects listed in the new handbook.

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Re: CPE Questions: Read This First!


@zzptest wrote:

Disappointing to see that there's still no mention of development or contributions to open source projects listed in the new handbook.


The examples in the handbook are not exhaustive. There should be enough general guidance in there for people to be able to determine if any activities are eligible for CPEs, and, if so, what type and how many, even if those activities are not listed as specific examples.

 

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Re: CPE Questions: Read This First!

I'd have thought given possible restrictions on movement and potential cancellation of events in 2020 that reading the CPE guidance before seeking clarification if anything is unclear would make most sense.  Another useful tactic is to be ahead of the curve in the 3 year cycle so you're not struggling to find CPEs at the last minute, as that's really not the idea of continuing ...  

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Newcomer I

Re: CPE Questions: Read This First!

Thanks for pointing out to the new CPE guide! I still have some questions though, regarding chapter "Contributions to the profession", section "Create New Industry Knowledge", on page 15.

There is a differentiation between the activities of writing an article, worth up to 20 CPEs as author, and writing a white paper, worth up to 10 CPEs as author. All the other categories are pretty clear to me, however I have a hard time to distinguish these two.

Is article "simply" an security-related article that is published in a magazine of any kind? Or is it an article/paper in a peer-reviewed research journal? And how does a white paper correlate to those two? What are the differences? White paper implies kind of self-publication, similar to a blog post?

 

My gut feeling would say that article strictly implies an article in a peer-reviewed journal and alike (e.g. ACM, IEEE, etc.), considering the efforts with literature research and so on. Comparing that to a "simple" magazine article (InfoSec magazine? Smiley Wink Smiley Wink Smiley Wink ), the awarded CPEs seem to be a bit odd. However, I miss experience when it comes to writing magazine articles, maybe they involve more effort than I can imagine?

 

Thanks for the support!