Renewal: Published Work


GIAC Certification Renewal CPE Option: Published Work

A published paper, including GIAC Gold papers, or book on a relevant information assurance topic can be used to renew your certification.

  • A minimum of 18 pages of written text is required to qualify for 36 CPEs.
  • A maximum of 18 CPEs can be earned for co-authored works.
  • Papers or books must be written and published within four years prior to your GIAC certification expiration date to qualify.
  • Published papers or books can earn up to 36 CPEs, depending on length.

*Articles and blogs may qualify for up to a maximum 12 CPEs under the Community Participation option.

  • GIAC Gold papers can be used to renew up to THREE GIAC certifications.
  • All other publications can be used to renew up to TWO GIAC certifications.

*Required Supporting Documentation: Please include a copy of your paper as well as documentation verifying when and where it was published with your online CPE submission. All published work should be provided in English.

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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