GIAC Certification Renewal

GIAC Certification Renewal

Guidelines and Requirements

General Information | How-To Guide | CPE Categories | Requirements for CPE Submission | Submitting CPEs | Assigning & Justifying CPEs | Renewal Registration | Multiple Certification Discounts | Renewal Courseware | GSE Renewal | Ethics

The purpose of certification renewal is to demonstrate ongoing competency in the InfoSec field. GIAC credentials are maintained by using one of two methods:

  • Taking the current version of the certification exam
  • Earning Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs)

GIAC continues to accept a wide variety of professional activities as Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) credits. We have expanded the flexibility of these CPEs to further simplify the maintenance of your certifications.

Start accumulating and tracking your CPE credits as soon as your GIAC certification is earned.  You have until your certification expiration date to complete your CPE submissions and remit payment of the certification maintenance fee. All CPE submissions must be acquired within the 4-year period in which your GIAC certification is active.

Submitting and assigning CPEs for certification renewal, as well as the registration and payment process, are all completed through your online GIAC Account Dashboard.

General Information

GIAC certifications require renewal every four years. Registration is enabled at the 2-year mark prior to your certification expiration date.

We offer several options to demonstrate ongoing competency in the Information Assurance field and maintain your GIAC certification. Each activity has its own CPE value and can be used towards 1, 2, or 3 certification renewals, depending on the activity. Please click on individual links below for more information.

The certification maintenance fee is a non-refundable $429 payment, due once every four years at the time of registration.

It is your responsibility to submit CPE information and documentation in advance of your certification's expiration date. To ensure your application is processed in time, please allow 30 days for processing, from the time of completed submission.

Need step-by-step guidance on the renewal process? Take a look at our how-to guide!

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CPE Categories

Activity Max Credits Can be applied to...
Primary Options: Affiliated Activities
SANS Training, New GIAC Certification, GIAC Gold Paper 36

3 certifications

Primary Options: Non-Affiliated Activities
ISO-17024-Accredited InfoSec Related Certifications and Affiliated Training 36 2 certifications
Graduate Courses 36 2 certifications
Published Works 36 2 certifications
Supplementary Options
Other InfoSec Related Training 18 1 certification
Cyber Ranges/Activities 12 1 certification
Field Work Experience 12 1 certification
Community Participation 12 1 certification

Requirements for CPE Submission Approval

  • Review the ‘CPE Categories’ table above to determine the correct category for your completed training or activity.
  • Ensure your submission meets the guidelines and supporting documentation requirements of the applicable category before submitting for approval.
  • Submit, assign, and justify CPEs to renewing GIAC certification(s) by following the step-by-step instructions provided in the sections below.
  • We suggest submitting your CPEs at least 30 days prior to your certification's expiration date to allow for review and approval.
  • Please Note: Applications that are incomplete, incorrectly categorized, or lack the required supporting documentation will be rejected. All supporting documentation must be in English.

Submitting CPEs:

  • From your Account Dashboard, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click 'Manage All Renewal CPEs'
  • Click 'Submit New CPEs'
  • Select the applicable CPE Category and Subcategory.
  • Enter your information in the fields on the submission form.
  • Click 'Submit Request' for CPE Credit.
  • Attach your required supporting documentation.
  • Add any additional supporting documentation if needed.
  • Click 'Submit Request' for CPE credit.

Assigning & Justifying Your CPEs:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click 'Manage All Renewal CPEs'.
  • Click on the individual link(s) that say 'Assign'
  • Complete the CPE Justification by clicking the 'Justify' link
  • Answer the two multiple choice questions.
  • Click 'Justify Assignment to Certification'.

Instructions for Renewal Registration & Maintenance Fees

The ability to complete registration starts at the 2-year mark prior to your certification expiration date. To begin the registration process, log in to your online account and navigate to your Account Dashboard:

  • Click ‘Certification History’
  • Select the ‘Purchase Renewal’ button
  • Choose your renewal method:
    • Click the 'Renew with CPEs' option to complete your renewal using your assigned CPEs.
    • Click the 'Take Exam Again' option to renew by taking the current exam for your certification.
  • Complete the registration form, ensuring all data is correct, and enter your payment information.
  • Once CPE requirements are fulfilled and renewal fee paid in full, your GIAC certification will extend 4 years from its current expiration date, not from the date of renewal.
  • If your GIAC certification is already past its expiration date, contact for your options.

Multiple Certification Discounts

Registering for multiple GIAC certification renewals in a two-year period qualifies for a discount. The first renewal is $429, and all additional renewal registrations received within the following two-year period are $219 each.

The two-year mark begins on the date your first renewal registration has been paid. It is not based on certification expiration dates or the date of renewal.

Renewal Courseware

Your certification renewal includes an updated set of course books, audio files, and any relevant lab files.

  • When choosing to 'Renew with CPEs' you will receive digital course books delivered to your online account. Hardcopy course books are available for an additional fee. Please contact to request hardcopy books when renewing with CPEs.
  • When choosing the 'Take Exam Again' method, you will be provided hardcopy course books at no additional charge in addition to digital course books.
  • Any additional hardware, such as F-Response and the Windows License, is not included.
  • Renewal courseware can be accessed by selecting the 'Course Material Downloads' link under the My Online Training heading from your Account Dashboard
  • For questions on renewal courseware & file access, contact

GSE Renewal

GSE certifications can be renewed through the Exam option only. CPE submissions will not be accepted. Renewing your GSE will renew all other current certifications held.


All information submitted under certification maintenance is carefully reviewed by our staff and subject to an audit. Renewal candidates who knowingly and willingly submit false information or forged documents will be reported to the Ethics Council for review. Possible sanctions could include revocation of all GIAC certifications or barring from participation in GIAC community events.

For any ethic concerns or to report ethic issues please visit our code of ethics page: Code of Ethics