Candidates who successfully pass the CyberSec First Responder™ exam will have 3 years from the date of certification to recertify. Candidates will have 2 options between which to choose:
- Retake the most recent version of the exam before their certification expires.
- Earn and submit enough continuing education credits (CECs) to recertify without retaking the exam.
Candidates must earn a total of 90 CECs within 3 years of certifying to successfully recertify without retaking the exam.
Candidates must earn at least 30 CECs within each 1-year period during the 3-year certification cycle.
Candidates who elect to recertify through continuing education activities will incur a $50 annual fee for recertification, which equates to a $150 payment for each certification cycle (subject to change).
To enroll in the continuing education program, candidates will be required to pay at minimum the $50 fee upon submission of their first continuing education activities to Logical Operations. Continuing education fees are non-refundable.
For some activity types, credits will be issued as a fixed value based on the specific activity within that type. For example, one industry certification might be worth 10 continuing education credits while another is worth 15, and some publication types, like blogs, will be worth fewer continuing education credits than, say, publishing a peer-reviewed article. Other activities, however, may be based on hours in session or in class. Regardless of how continuing education credits are issued, the total number of continuing education credits that can be earned in a particular certification cycle will be limited to the caps in the table above and only the identified number of instances of each activity type may be submitted.
The following table describes the method of assigning continuing education credits for each activity type:
|Activity Type||Total Instances Allowed||Total Possible CECs|
|Earning related certifications||2 exams||25|
|Development of a related certification||2 exams||20|
|Attending industry conferences||2 conferences||20|
|Industry association membership||2 organizations||10|
|Industry association leadership||2 organizations||12|
|Authoring training content on a related subject||2 courses||15|
|Teaching a related training course||3 courses||15|
|Attending a related training course||2 training programs||15|
|Earning a related university/college degree||1 degree||15|
|Presenting at a speaking engagement/conference||4 events||20|
|Publishing material related to the exam||4 works published||30|
|Delivering related webinars||4 discrete webinars||15|
|Unique work experience||1 year at 1 job in field||15|
The following is a list of general activity types that will be accepted toward recertification and the total number of continuing education credits candidates can earn in each category. Also indicated is the number of specific instances of each activity type (regardless of how credits are tallied) that candidates can submit for continuing education credits during a certification cycle:
|Activity Type||Assigned By|
|Earning related certifications||Per certification|
|Participation in the development of a related certification||Per hour in working session, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Attending industry conferences||Per hour in related session, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Industry association membership||Per hour at live event or in working session, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Industry association leadership||Per leadership position|
|Authoring training content on a related subject||Per hour of course duration, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Teaching a related training course||Per hour teaching class, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Attending a related training course||Per hour in class, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Earning a related university/college degree||Per earned degree|
|Presenting at a speaking engagement/conference||Per event|
|Publishing material related to the exam||Per work published, based on publication type|
|Delivering related webinars||Per hour delivering webinars, hours capped at CEC limit|
|Unique work experience||Per 1 continuous year at one related job|
Click below to download a PDF with the full details of the CFR Continuing Education Program, including how to submit activities for Continuing Education Credits.
- Q: Are CFR-110 certification holders eligible for the CFR Continuing Education program?
- A: Due to the significant change in the scope and nature of the two exams, CFR-110 certification holders are not eligible for the CFR Continuing Education program.
- Q: If I am an existing CFR-210 certification holder, how long do I have to complete the Continuing Education program requirements?
- A: All candidates have three years from the date of their recognized certification with Logical Operations to complete the program requirements (regardless of when they became certified).
- Q: How do I get started?
- A: Visit the Logical Operations store to enroll! Candidates can enroll one year a time ($50 per year), or for the full three-year period ($150 one-time payment). Click here to enroll and then follow the directions in the confirmation emails from the Logical Operations store after enrollment!
Questions on the CFR Continuing Education Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.