a "non-member" ID?
AFAIK, there is no such thing.
You become an ISC2 member, and obtain a member ID, when you pass an ISC2 certification examination and pay the AMF fees, either to become an Associate of ISC2 or become a fully certified member.
In fact, I've not come across ANY organization that had a "non-member" ID. Its kind of a contradiction in terms. If you're not a member, you don't get an ID.
If that is what is being referred to I think it's termed a candidate ID (before it becomes a member ID) rather than a non member ID.
You can create yourself an ISC2 account and be assigned a candidate ID by clicking on the "sign in" button on the main ISC2 site and then choosing to create a new account.
Although, given the number of people we see complaining here on the Community that they have duplicate accounts that need to be merged before they can go through endorsement doing this might prove to be problematic later down the line.
I also don't see the benefit of doing this unless you care about getting as low a candidate / member ID as possible. All you can do is register for training (which you can do anyway), and be kept up-to-date with the latest from ISC2 (which you can do anyway).
If you create an account with Pearson VUE and register to take an exam, that ID # is your candidate ID # and will become your member ID # if you pass. I hope this helps!
I just tested this and created a dummy account on the ISC2 site and in the profile it does show the term "ISC2 Non-member ID".
So, as you say, a candidate ID can only be created by registering an account with Pearson VUE. That does beg the question, how do so many people end up with multiple accounts that need to be merged?
I believe some of the multiple account issues come down to multiple email addresses. You can create an account on isc2.org without having registered for an exam or having a certification - but that ID # doesn't tie to an (ISC)2 certification, obviously, since you don't have one.
Just curious why they merge the accounts? Why not just tell them to use the account that was registered for them by Pearson VUE and has the exam pass associated with it?
The issue comes when someone creates an account on our site and then later a Pearson VUE account - that doesn't acknowledge an account has been made here. Or the same person creates accounts with multiple email addresses. We can't have duplicate humans in our system. Why the merging process is so complicated, though, I do not know.