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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:
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.