@Melleive I believe you may be referring to the assistance application (where (ISC)² acts as your endorser) taking as long as the regular endorsement. If that is the case, yes, the assistance application will take the same amount of time as an endorsement that has an endorser. Switching the account to an Associate of (ISC)² only takes a second (pressing a button). What the representative informed you is correct.
Not a problem at all, I understand. I apologize for the confusion as I had originally thought you said the Associate status creation can take up to 8 weeks. To confirm, that is the correct verbiage to use until you pass the endorsement process.
Can I use the same verbage as above except insert CISSP. I have been waiting for 5 weeks for endorsement and I have a job I wanted to apply for, but I wanted to add something for the certification to my resume. The open period for submitting resumes closes on 27 Aug.