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GSE registration has closed for 2022. Check back in 2023 for GSE registration information.

GSE Overview and Target Audience

The GSE certification is the most prestigious credential in the IT security industry. The exam was developed by subject matter experts and top industry practitioners. Its performance-based, hands-on nature sets it apart from any other certifications. The GSE will determine if a candidate has truly mastered the wide variety of skills required by top security consultants and individual practitioners.

Knowledge in particular areas such as intrusion detection or incident handling is both important and valuable. Individuals who earn any of the GIAC certifications have worked hard, demonstrated essential technical skills, and should rightfully take pride in their accomplishments. Individuals who make the effort to not only learn but master all of the essential elements of information security belong in a very special group. These individuals will be the elite of information security and the top practitioners in the field. Those who pursue an in-depth technical education in all areas of information security are the target audience for the GSE certification.

GSE Renewal

To renew your GSE, you must pass the current version of the GSE Multiple Choice Exam, which is comprised of objectives from the GSEC, GCIA, and GCIH exams. Renewing your GSE will renew all your active GIAC certifications. The GSE may not be renewed via CPEs.

To begin, you may register for a renewal invoice through the ‘Certification History’ link in your account. You will automatically receive relevant courseware and practice tests upon gaining access to your renewal attempt.

The GSE renewal fee is $469. Included with your renewal fee:

  • 4 months to prepare for and complete your exam.
  • Printed books for the current SEC401, SEC503, and SEC504 courses (associated shipping fee applies). Associated online courseware is also included during your renewal attempt.
  • 3 practice tests to help you prepare - 1 practice test each for the current GSEC, GCIA, and GCIH exams

After passing the GSE Renewal Exam you are granted 4 months of access to the current online courseware for any other active certifications you hold.*

*Access is granted from the date you pass your exam. Hard copy books are not included. Retired courses and certifications are excluded.


Questions? Email gse@giac.org

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