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FITSP candidates need to have five years of information security experience.*  This can be in the form of a practitioner, a manager, an instructor, an implementer, an auditor, etc.  Candidates must submit a resume at registration time demonstrating the five years of experience.

FITSP candidates are able to waive some experience requirements if the candidate possesses other complimentary security certifications and/or education experience.  Candidates cannot waive more than 3 years experience in total.

Candidates can waive one year of experience for a bachelor degree and can waive a second year with a master's degree in an information technology or information assurance focus.  Degrees must be issued by a fully accredited institution.

Candidates can also waive experience by possessing one or more of the following IT security certifications: 

  •     CISM - Certified Information Security Manager
  •     CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  •     CISA - Certified Information Systems Auditor
  •     GIAC - Global Information Assurance Certified
  •     CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker
  •     Security+
  •     SSCP - System Security Certified Practioner
  •     SCNA - Security Certified Network Architect
  •     SCNS - Security Certified Network Specialist
  •     CAP - Certification and Accreditation Professional

Candidates must also pay a $295 exam fee for each role based FITSP certification they pursue.

Once a candidate becomes certified, the certification is good for three years.   Candidates must maintain their certification by paying a $45 annual maintenance fee and earn a minimum of 60 CPE over the three year period.  Each three year period will be automatically renewed as long as the member maintains their CPEs and membership fee requirements current.

* Effective 1/10/14, FITSP candidates are allowed to take the certification exam before the 5 years of experience has been meet and allowed to earn it over  the next 5 years.  Once the candidate obtains the necessary experience during the 5 years after taking the exam, the candidate can fill out the certification application and be awarded the FITSP credential.