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Renewal: Cyber Ranges / Exercises


GIAC Certification Renewal CPE Option: Cyber Range Activities and Exercises

Cyber Range Activities and Exercises are hands-on, interactive learning exercises that include SANS NetWars Tournament, as well as Hands-on Range Activities offered for DoD employees. The activity must be relevant to the certification being renewed, and completed within the four years of when your certification was earned or was last renewed to qualify.

Relevant Cyber Range Activities and Exercises qualify for up to a maximum 12 CPEs.

Each Cyber Range Activity or Exercise can be used to renew ONE GIAC certification.

Required Supporting Documentation

DOD Candidates/Hands-on Range Activities: SANS NetWars:
  • NetWars Tournament: Please include a copy of your Certificate of Completion for 6 CPEs.
  • NetWars Continuous: Please include a copy of your Certificate of Completion or a copy of your Progress Report verifying you have achieved Level 3 access for 12 CPEs.

Instructions for Completing the Renewal Process

The submitting and tracking of CPE credits, assignment of CPE credits to specific certification renewals, and registration are all completed through your online GIAC Account Dashboard.

Submitting and tracking of CPE Credits:

  • Under 'Certifications' click CPE - Submit and Assign Credits.
  • Click 'Submit New Credits.'
  • Select the CPE Category and Subcategory.
  • Enter your information in the fields on the submission form
  • Attach your documentation as a file or link to url.
  • Add any supporting documentation if needed.
  • Click 'Submit Request' for CPE Credit.

Assignment of CPE credits to certification renewals:

  • Under 'Certifications' click CPE - Submit and Assign Credits.
  • For each submission previously made, you may click the 'Assignment' button.
  • Select which GIAC certification renewal you are assigning to.
  • When you assign CPEs to a certification renewal, you must provide information supporting the relevancy of the activity to the certification being renewed. You will have a choice between pre-set justification options, or you may enter your own statement.

Certification Renewal Registration:

  • Under 'Certifications' click CPE - Submit and Assign Credits.
  • Under 'Certifications' there is a link to 'Purchase Now.'
  • Select the CPE option to complete your renewal using your previous CPE submission and assignments.


Please contact cert-renewal@giac.org