Security+ CE Requirements
Security+ CE Requirements
After you pass the Security+, you’ll find that CompTIA has a requirement to earn Security+ CE (continuing education) credits to retain the certification. If you don’t meet the CE requirements, your certification will expire. CompTIAs page provides an overview and other links for in-depth details, but this blog breaks down the basics for anyone earning the Security+ certification.
If you don’t have your Security+ yet, check out this book
CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
You’re required to pay $49 annually or a total fee of $147 for a three year period. In many cases, your employer will pay this fee, but if your employer doesn’t provide the benefit, you’ll have to pay yourself. You won’t be able to log any CE credits until you enroll, agree to the Code of Ethics policy, and pay the required fees.
Interestingly, the Code of Ethics policy disappears after you agree to it.
If you have multiple certifications, you only have to pay for the highest level certification. For example, if you earned the A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications, you only need to meet the CE requirements for Security+ and your A+ and Network+ certifications will automatically be renewed.
You’re required to earn 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Security+ certification during the three year period after passing the exam. CompTIA provides a full listing of activities that will earn you credits. Here is a short listing to give you an idea of approved activities and how many credits you can get for them.
- Attend approved training 1 CEU per hour
- Work experience 3 CEUs per year
- College course 3 CEUs per credit hour
- Writing a blog article (500+ words) 1 CEU
- Writing a book (150 + pages) 20 CEUs
- Teaching or instructing 1 CEU per hour
- Create teaching or instructor materials 2 CEUs per hour
There are maximum number of CEUs you can in many of the categories. For example, you’re limited to a maximum of 9 CEUs for work experience and a maximum of 40 CEUs for a college course.
After earning you Security+, go for the SSCP
SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner All-in-One Exam Guide
You are required to submit your continuing education credits online and this can help you track your progress. You use your CompTIA credentials to logon and then will have access to enroll in the program. When you select an activity, it often enters the number of units for the item.
When you submit your CEUs you’re required to also provide documentation to support the activity. For example, if you attend training, you’d need to provide the completion certificate.
You aren’t required to enroll in the CE program or pay the annual fees. If you don’t, your certification will expire after three years. If you’ve moved on to higher level certifications such as the CISSP, this may not be important to you.
If you later decide you want to renew your certification, you’ll have to take the exam again to recertify. If the certification has expired, you won’t be able to pay the fees and submit past CEUs.
In summary, if you want keep your certification, you’ll need to meet the Security+ CE requirements by doing the following:
- Enroll in the CE program
- Agree to the Code of Ethics
- Pay your annual fees
- Submit a total of 50 CEUs