Every year 20 Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE) are required to maintain your CISSP credential (along with upholding the (ISC)2 Code of Ethics and the Annual Maintenance Fees). At the end of 3 years 80 CPEs are required to be in good standing.

CPEs are broken into Groups; Group A’s activities include: Direct Information Systems Security Activities and align with one of the 10 body of knowledge domains (BOK). Group B’s activities include Professional Skills activities and cover areas a Security Professional would encounter.

But where can you get CPEs? According to their brochure you can get them by doing the following:

  • Attending educational courses or seminars
  • Attending security conferences
  • Being a member of an association chapter and attending meetings
  • Serving on the board for a professional security organization
  • Volunteering for a government, public sector and other charitable organizations, including (ISC)2 volunteer committees
  • Completing higher academic courses
  • Providing security training
  • Publishing security articles or books
  • Participating in self-study courses, computer-based training or Web casts
  • Reading an information security book or subscribing to an information security magazine

Here’s a good article which lists 10 Ways to Get Free CPEs for Your CISSP

The list includes:

  • Get a Degree
  • Watch Videos at The Academy Pro
  • Watch SANS Webcast
  • Listen to Webcasts and Podcasts. Keep a record of date of the podcast and the date you listened. Include the description as well.
  • If you Work for the Federal Government, learn from Virtual Training Environment
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Here are some of my favorites reads and podcasts


You can check your CPE status on the (ISC)2 website:

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