Renewal: SANS and GIAC Activities


SANS Training, New GIAC Certification, GIAC Gold Paper

Completion of a relevant SANS Training course, earning a new GIAC Certification or GIAC Gold can be used to demonstrate ongoing competency in the Information Security field related to the certification(s) being renewed. This includes:

  • Live SANS Training
  • SANS OnDemand Training
  • Teaching a SANS course
  • Earning a new GIAC Certification (without SANS training)*
  • GIAC Gold Paper
Category Guidelines:
  • You may earn 1 CPE per class hour, or 6 CPEs per full day.
  • You may earn all 36 CPEs needed to renew a certification within this category.
  • CPEs from this category can be applied to a maximum of 3 certification renewals.
  • The activity must be completed within the four-year period in which your certification is valid.
  • You are responsible for the $599 Gold fee in addition to the certification renewal fee, once your Gold application has been approved. For more information on the Gold program, please click here.
  • *GIAC Certification: The passing of a GIAC exam and earning a certification without having completed the associated SANS training.
  • When earning a GIAC certification after completing an associated SANS course, your account will be awarded CPEs for the training course only.
Required Supporting Documentation:
  • SANS Certificate of Completion

PLEASE NOTE: Most SANS/GIAC CPEs are automatically added to your portal account within 7-10 business days from the end of an event/course. If your course does not automatically add your CPE, please contact

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