Earning CPEs

If you hold an (ISC)² certification, you are required to earn as many as 40 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits per year. For example, the CISSP requires the greatest number of CPEs:

CPE TypeAnnual Requirement3-Year Total
Group A3090
Group A or B1030
Total Required40120
For certification cycles that began on or after January 1, 2015

The table identifies both group A and B CPEs, but what is the difference? Group A credits are directly related to the cyber security profession, whereas group B credits are for professional development and knowledge sharing.

There are a number of methods of earning CPEs such as online and in-person events, educational resources, and volunteering. More information on CPEs can be found at (ISC)² What are CPE Credits and Why Do I Need Them?”


  • Attend a Cybersecurity Conference
  • Attend a Vendor Presentation
  • Prepare and Present information Security Training