GIAC Certified Project Manager (GCPM)
TargetThe GCPM certification is designed for security professionals and managers who participate in or lead project teams and wish to demonstrate an understanding of technical project management methodology and implementation. This certification affirms the critical skill sets associated with making projects successful, including effective communication, time, cost, quality, procurement and risk management of IT projects and application development.
Preparing for the GCPM Exam: Candidates may choose to prepare for the GCPM exam by taking the SANS Training Course: MGT525: IT Project Management, Effective Communication, and PMP Exam Prep
*No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. If candidates need help in mastering the objectives for this certification, there are many sources of information available. Practical experience is one option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security. Another option is SANS training, or any relevant courses from other training providers.*
- 1 proctored exam
- 150 questions
- Time limit of 4 hours
- Minimum Passing Score of 70%
Certifications must be renewed every 4 years. Click here for details.
NOTE: GIAC exams are NOT given the day after the conference ends.
GIAC certification attempts purchased without SANS training will be activated in your SANS/GIAC account within 24 business hours of purchase. GIAC certification attempts purchased with SANS training will be activated in your SANS/GIAC account 7-10 business days after the end of the conference. In both cases, you will receive an email notification when your certification attempt has been activated in your account. You will have 120 days from the date of activation to complete your certification attempt. GIAC exams must be proctored through Pearson VUE. Please click the following link for instructions on How to Schedule Your GIAC Proctored Exam. GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.
- Certified Professionals (GCPM)
- Exam Feedback Procedure
- Grievance Procedure
- Proctored exam procedure
- SANS Information Security Reading Room
Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)
Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements
The topic areas for each exam part follow:
- Earned Value Technique EVT
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the earned value technique
- Leadership and Management Strategy
- The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of leadership theory, including management, conflict management and motivational techniques.
- Project Communication Management
- GCPM update
- Project Cost Management
- The candidate will be able to estimate, budget, and control costs of a project
- Project Human Resource Management
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of human resource planning and acquiring, developing and managing a project team.
- Project Integration Management
- The candidate will demonstrate an ability to identify, combine, and coordinate the activites within the Project Management Process
- Project Management Framework and Approach
- The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of the project management framework
- Project Procurement Management
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the processes needed to purchase or acquire products and services
- Project Quality Management
- The candidate will demonstrate an ability to ensure project requirements are met and validated
- Project Risk Management
- The candidate will demonstrate a knowledge of the processes necessary to manage, responsd, and control risk
- Project Scope Management
- The candidate will be able to validate the project only contains work necessary to complete the project
- Project Stakeholder Management
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how to identify project stakeholders, how to plan, manage, and control stakeholder engagement.
- Project Time Management
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate the skills needed to complete a project in a timely fashion
Where to Get Help
Training is available from a variety of resources including on line, course attendance at a live conference, and self study.
Practical experience is another way to ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification. Many professionals have the experience to meet the certification objectives identified.
Finally, college level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.
The procedure to contest exam results can be found at http://www.giac.org/about/procedures/grievance.