By earning the CSIH certification, you have received one of the most prestigious designations offered to computer security incident management professionals. The achievement represents having both the current skills and commitment to a life-long learning process. This CERT-branded certification will enable you to be recognized internationally as a security professional having skills and abilities that are in demand in the computer security arena.
Renewal of your certification ensures that individuals holding the CSIH certification demonstrate ongoing commitment to professional growth and development and to staying current with changing technology.
Your CSIH certification is valid for a period of three (3) years from the award date. In order to remain current with changing technology, you must be actively engaged in the practice of computer security incident handling, engage in professional growth activities, and expand your skills.
Renewal period is three years from the certification award date. Completion of all criteria is to be submitted to the SEI 30 days before the last day of the expiration month. Submission and approval of documentation supporting completion of 60 Professional Development Units (PDU) completed during the renewal cycle. Submission of the certification renewal fee of $150 (US) to the SEI with the renewal application packet.
A PDU is a measuring unit used to quantify learning and development activities. One (1) PDU can be earned for every one (1) hour spent in a planned structured experience or activity within the limits set by the SEI (see below). The SEI does not pre-approve PDUs. It is the responsibility of the CSIH professional to ensure activities meet renewal criteria. To maintain a balance in renewal activities, some activities have a maximum number of credits that can be allotted towards the renewal criteria.
One (1) hour of professional activity in the field of computer security incident handling earns one (1) hour of PDU credit as approved by the SEI, up to 40 PDUs per renewal cycle for this category.
Professional activities include
Completion of formal academic or professional education where computer security is the primary topic of instruction. Credits in this category are limited to 23 PDUs per renewal cycle.
Credits in this category are limited to 20 PDUs per renewal cycle.
Credits in this category are limited to 30 PDUs per renewal cycle.
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Each CSIH will be responsible for maintaining their CSIH Certification Renewal Activity Log. This log should list PDU activities in support of the certification renewal process. It is important that the log contain specific data to accurately identify the submitted activity. Refer to the Sample Renewal Activity Log for an example of renewal activities recorded over a complete renewal cycle. The log, supporting documentation, and renewal fee should be submitted to the SEI 30 days prior to the end of the renewal cycle. The SEI may request additional clarification of data to check the log and listed activities.
The SEI Certification Program reserves the right to audit 5% of submitted logs each year. This will ensure the quality of activities submitted continue to meet certification program requirements. If a CSIH professional is selected for an audit, they will be notified by letter and may be asked to supply additional information or supporting documentation as it relates to their individual Renewal Activity Log.
Each year the SEI will survey the Certified professional community to continuously measure the community’s incident handling competency, skills, and tasks performed while on the job. Completion of this survey qualifies as renewal credit for 1 PDU hour per survey under the professional activity category.