Renewal: Community Participation


GIAC Certification Renewal CPE Option: Community Participation

Relevant community participation can be used towards renewing a GIAC certification. Community participation must be completed within four prior to your GIAC certification expiration date to qualify. Community Participation can earn up to 12 CPEs and can be applied towards ONE GIAC certification. Examples of Community Participation include:

  • SANS/GIAC participation
    • Serving as a SANS conference facilitator
    • Participating in a GIAC exam development projects such as JTAs
    • GIAC question writing
    • Standard settings
    • Audits
  • Participating/observing webcasts or podcasts
    • SANS webcasts
    • Security Weekly
      • Paul's Security Weekly
      • Hack Naked TV
      • Enterprise Security Weekly
  • Writing an article for an information assurance related publication

*Required Supporting Documentation:

  • SANS Facilitator: Please provide a copy of your SANS Work Study email confirmation or Registration Confirmation with your online CPE submission.
  • GIAC Job Task Analysis (JTA): Refer to the JTA you participated in and the date completed in your online CPE submission.
  • GIAC Question Writing: Refer to the certification for which you wrote questions, name of your POC, and date work was completed with your online CPE submission.
  • Published Information Assurance Article: Please include a copy of your article, as well as documentation verifying when and where it was published, with your online CPE submission.
  • Webcasts / Webinars and Podcasts: Please provide a copy of your Certificate of Completion with your online CPE submission. If a Certificate of Completion cannot be provided, please include at least one of the following:
    • Copy of your Registration Confirmation
    • Receipt
    • Screen shots from the webcast

Instructions for Completing the Renewal Process

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

Certification Renewal Registration:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click 'Renew Now.'
  • Click the 'Alternative CPE option to complete your renewal using your CPE submissions and assignments.
  • Click the Exam option to renew by taking the current exam for your certification

Submitting and Tracking of CPE Credits:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • 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:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click CPE - Submit and Assign Credits.
  • For each submission previously made, click the 'Assignment' link next to your qualifying CPE submission.
  • Select your qualifying GIAC certification(s) from the drop-down list.
  • If prompted, please complete the CPE Justification by clicking 'Justify Credit Assignments.'


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