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CPE Information

GIAC accepts many different types of CPE credits to accommodate your busy lifestyle. Combine categories to earn 36 CPEs over four years.
CPE CategoryExample ActivitiesNumber of Certifications
Max Credits

GIAC/SANS Affiliated Programs

  • SANS training courses, including Live Online and OnDemand
  • New GIAC certifications
  • GIAC gold paper

Can be applied to 3 certifications

Up to 36 CPEs

Living Your Professional Life

  • Other accredited professional training or certification
  • Graduate level courses
  • Published technical work

Can be applied to 2 certifications

Up to 36 CPEs

Other Industry Training

  • BlackHat
  • RSA
  • ShmooCon
  • DerbyCon
  • And more!

Can be applied to 1 certification

Up to 18 CPEs

NetWars & Cyber Ranges

  • SANS NetWars
  • DoD hands-on cyber range activities

Can be applied to 1 certification

Up to 12 CPEs

Work Experience

  • Relevant technical and management experience

Can be applied to 1 certification

Up to 12 CPEs

Community Participation

  • Participating in GIAC exam development activities
  • Writing an article for an information security publication

Can be applied to 1 certification

Up to 12 CPEs

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Want more detailed information on CPE categories and what activities count? Visit the GIAC Knowledge Base.