GIAC certification exams are based on validated objectives for the given certification knowledge area. All exams for GIAC certifications are delivered in a proctored environment. Please note that you cannot sit for a GIAC exam immediately following a corresponding SANS training course. GIAC exams that are registered for in association with SANS training events do not become available to candidates until 10 days after the corresponding training event concludes. Read More

Testing Centers

Find a Pearson VUE Testing Center. If you do not see an available testing center in your area, please email proctor@giac.org

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Technical Issues

Since all GIAC certification exams and practice exams are given online, it is important to ensure that you have a reliable Internet connection prior to starting the exam. Read More


For GIAC certifications, the exam deadline is four months from your start date. The deadlines are clearly displayed within the certification grid in your portal account. Read More

Retakes & Extensions

All GIAC Certification deadlines are displayed in Universal Time (UTC), also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

GIAC requests that certification candidates manage their time properly and adequately prepare for exams, so that extensions and retakes are very rare events.

Please note that the exam failure rate is much higher for students taking exams in the last 48 hours of their certification time window. Read More

Special Requests

For any type of special request, such as disability accommodation or complimentary extensions, see the requests form. Read More


When you complete your exam, you will have an opportunity to comment on questions you marked for review during the exam through the exam feedback form. Read More