Renewal: SANS and GIAC Activities

Renewal:

GIAC Certification Renewal CPE Option: SANS Training, New GIAC Certification, GIAC Gold Paper

SANS Training Course

Completing a relevant SANS Training course can renew a GIAC certification. The course must be completed within the four years of when your certification was earned or was last renewed to qualify. This includes attending or teaching a SANS course.

  • Live SANS Training: All live SANS courses can be applied and will be automatically tracked in your GIAC CPE Dashboard.
  • SANS OnDemand training: Your certificate of completion will be automatically tracked in your GIAC CPE Dashboard. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete 80% of the assessments with an 80% or higher or view 80% of the slides in the course.
  • SANS SelfStudy training: There are no certificates of completion via Self Study. Therefore, you must complete the corresponding SANS OnDemand Bundle or pass the corresponding GIAC exam in order to show completion of the training.

SANS Courses can earn up to 36 CPEs depending on the length of the course.

SANS courses qualify for 1 CPE per completed training hour or 6 CPEs per full day of completed training.

The same course can be used to renew up to THREE GIAC certifications as long as it meets the requirements.

Required Supporting Documentation

Your Certificate(s) of Completion will be automatically tracked in your GIAC Account Dashboard.

New GIAC certification:

Earning a NEW GIAC certification without bundled SANS training can also renew an existing GIAC certification. The new certification must have been earned within the four years of when your certification was earned or was last renewed to qualify.

Earning a NEW GIAC certification qualifies for 36 CPEs.

A NEW GIAC certification can be used to renew up to THREE GIAC certifications.

Required Supporting Documentation

Your GIAC certification record(s) will be automatically tracked in your GIAC Account Dashboard.

GIAC Gold Paper:

Publishing a GIAC Gold Paper can renew a GIAC certification. Your Gold Paper does not need to be specific to your certification; however, it must be relevant to the certification you are renewing.

  • If you have not previously earned GIAC Gold status for the certification you wish to renew, you may register through the 'Certification History' section of your GIAC portal by clicking the 'Go Gold' link next to the appropriate certification.
  • You are responsible for the $499 Gold fee in addition to the certification renewal fee, once your Gold application has been approved.
  • For more information on the Gold program, please visit http://www.giac.org/gold/

A Gold Paper qualifies for 36 CPEs.

A Gold paper can be used to renew up to THREE GIAC certifications.

Required Supporting Documentation

Your Gold paper record(s) will be automatically tracked in your GIAC Account Dashboard

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.

Questions/Comments?

Please contact cert-renewal@giac.org