Policies: Proctor


All GIAC exams corresponding to new certification attempts and exam renewals are required to be proctored. The cost of new GIAC certification attempts associated with SANS training is $599. Certification attempt pricing is $1,049, and exam renewals are $399. For full details please click here.

With the move to full proctoring there have been some changes to the exam format and open book policy as set forth below.

One exam format – All GIAC certification attempts are comprised of a single exam that will cover all the certification objectives. This exam format is 2-5 hours in length, depending on the specific certification.

Open book policy – GIAC certification exams are open book format, but not open internet or open computer. Candidates are allowed to bring an armful of hardcopy books and notes into the testing room, leaving all other personal belongings such as wallets, purses, hats (and other head coverings), bags and coats outside of the testing room. Weapons are not allowed on testing center premises. Please leave weapons (guns, knives, etc.) at home or stored securely in your vehicle. An erasable noteboard and pen will be provided for you. Workstation space may be as limited as 4 feet (1.2 meters) wide, so please plan accordingly. No electronic devices are allowed such as extra computers, CD-ROM, USB flash drives, phones, calculators, cameras, etc. Candidates will not be able to access anything stored electronically on any computer during the exam such as searchable .pdf or Word documents. We recommend that you print any study guide materials and bring them as hard, paper copies.

The primary method for taking a proctored exam is through our testing partner Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE is an industry leader and offers more than 3,500 testing centers worldwide. It is expected that any candidate within a reasonable driving distance (1-2 hours) from a Pearson VUE center will utilize this option. Please click here to find a Pearson VUE testing center near you. Pearson VUE is adding testing centers as coverage gaps are identified. The list of Pearson VUE sites is updated frequently.

Once you have registered for and gained access to your GIAC certification, you may schedule it at a Pearson VUE Testing Center through your SANS/GIAC account for any date before your exam deadline. Please click on How to Schedule Your GIAC Proctored Exam for instructions.

If you need any assistance in scheduling your proctored exam, please email proctor@giac.org.