Renewal: Community Participation


Community Participation

Relevant community participation can be used to demonstrate ongoing competency in the Information Security field related to the certification(s) being renewed.

Some common examples of qualifying activities include:

SANS/GIAC Community:

  • SANS webcasts
  • GIAC exam development participation:
    • JTAs
    • GIAC question writing
    • Standard settings
    • Audits

InfoSec Community:

  • Public speaking engagements
  • Volunteer work benefitting the InfoSec Community
  • Local chapter meetings
  • Conducting training programs
  • Participating in webcasts/podcasts/webinars
  • Writing an article/blog for an information assurance related publication or website
Category Guidelines:
  • The Community Participation must be completed within the four-year period in which your certification is currently valid.
  • Community Participation can earn up to 12 CPEs and each Community Participation submission can be applied towards 1 GIAC certification renewal.
  • You may earn 1 CPE per completed activity hour, or a maximum of 6 CPEs per full day.
Required Supporting Documentation:

SANS/GIAC Community:

  • SANS Webcasts: Certificate of Completion
  • GIAC Exam Development:
    • JTAs - Provide name of the JTA you participated in and the date completed.
    • GIAC Question Writing - Refer to the certification for which you wrote questions, name of your POC, and date work was completed
    • Standard Settings & Audits - will be automatically filed on your behalf

InfoSec Community:

Sufficient supporting documentation must show evidence of earner’s name and dates of completed activity. You may need to submit multiple documents to satisfy this requirement.

  • Webcasts/Webinars/Podcasts: Certificate of Completion OR a brief self-written summary that includes the title, date accessed, length of episode, and how the content applies to your GIAC certification(s)
  • Article/Blog: A copy of article/blog and documentation verifying when and where it was published.
  • Public Speaking Engagements: Proof of attendance and brief summary of presentation OR copy of the official event program listing speaker's name and presentation.
  • Volunteer Work: Brief summary of work including name of organization/individual the work was completed for, dates of volunteering, total hours dedicated to the work.
  • Local chapter Meetings: Meeting invite and agenda
  • Administering training: Training synopsis with evidence of date(s), location, and any affiliated organization

You must include documentation as noted above at the time of submission. All CPE submissions and supporting documentation must be in English.