Renewal: Post Graduate


GIAC Certification Renewal CPE Option: Graduate, Doctorate/PhD Courses

Relevant courses from a graduate-level program or above can be used towards renewing your GIAC certification. The courses must be completed within four years of when your certification was earned or last renewed to qualify. The courses must completed through an accredited institution to qualify.

Relevant Graduate or Doctorate/PhD level courses can earn 12 CPEs per 3-5 credit hour course.

Relevant Graduate or Doctorate/PhD level courses can be used to renew up to TWO GIAC certifications.

United States based accredited institutions: A list can be found at:

Non-US based accredited institutions: AACRAO is used to validate institutions accredited by non-US based internationally-recognized agencies

  • An additional application must be submitted and reviewed by AACRAO, a third-party service that provides GIAC with an evaluation of academic credentials from all countries of the world.
    • There is a processing fee associated with this application, which is paid directly to AACRAO from the candidate. These fees are as follows:
      • Basic Statement of Comparability $85 USD*.
      • Secondary School (High School) Class Listing $110 USD*.
      • Course-by-Course Evaluation $195 USD*.
      • *Prices are subject to change.
    • The application form can be found at
      • Please select 'Individual' Application
      • Then, click the link to submit an application online.
  • Once your application has been reviewed by AACRAO, they will send a report to GIAC, at which time we will determine the appropriate number of CPEs for your completed course work.

NSA's Centers of Excellence: Graduate or Doctorate/PhD-level courses taken through NSA's Centers of Excellence are also eligible for CPEs:

Required Supporting Documentation

Please include a copy of your transcript verifying course name, name of institution, dates of attendance, credit hours, and grade. A copy of your course descriptions is also required.

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.


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