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SEI-Authorized CERT Instructor

Authorization • Information Security

What Services do SEI-Authorized CERT Instructors Offer?

Individuals who successfully complete credential requirements are permitted to teach any of these SEI courses for which they have also completed the corresponding instructor training:

Benefits of the CERT Instructor Authorization

This credential will benefit security professionals, business continuity planners, compliance personnel, risk managers, and other professionals who need to teach skills and methods related to the security of information systems, build an incident response capability, or both.

Upon completing the authorization process, participants will be entitled to refer to themselves as SEI-Authorized CERT Instructors. If their sponsoring organization has chosen to be listed in the SEI Partner Directory, participants' names will also appear in the directory as SEI-Authorized Individuals.

Who Should Get This Credential?

Candidates should have some of the following skills:

  • experience staffing or leading a computer security incident response team (CSIRT) and handling incidents
  • system and network administration
  • identifying and responding to security incidents
  • performing or leading risk assessments
  • project management
  • software development

Term and Renewal

There is no term limit for CERT Instructor authorization once you are authorized to teach these courses. The only maintenance requirement is that you continue to be sponsored by an SEI Partner for CERT Information Security.


Summary of Fees

There are fees for courses and instructor training. Training fees are set by the SEI.

SEI Partners pay annual support fees for authorizations.

For more information about fees, please contact the SEI at

How to Apply

  1. Applicant must be sponsored by an SEI Partner for CERT Information Security.
  2. Applicant's sponsoring organization submits the Application for Candidate Sponsorship.
  3. Applicant submits a resume or CV.
  4. Applicant signs the Code of Professional Conduct Commitment Form.

Only complete applications can be accepted. You will receive a confirmation email when submission is complete.

Authorization Process

  1. Submit all application materials (see details above).
  2. Register for and successfully complete the course that you plan to teach, if you haven't already.
  3. Successfully complete instructor training for the course you plan to teach.

Contact us with questions about this authorization at

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