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Certification Rules and Policies


1. Professional References

Professional references shall be the individuals who have professionally worked with you and can validate your expertise in the respective field, current and previous work history, as well as your job performance. You cannot use anyone as a reference who falls under your supervision, or who is a relative. The candidates shall provide two references for each certification application.

2. Professional Experience

Complete information is required: including job title, commence and end dates, job description and more. Summarize each assignment, providing sufficient details to describe the nature of the responsibilities that you have had. The detailed information is advised to be included in the resume.

3. Audit Experience 

The candidate’s audit log will be checked to ensure that the applicant has the required number of audit-hours. The following audit types can constitute valid audit experience: pre-assessment/pre-audit, gap analysis, internal audits, second party audits, third/external audits or opinion audit. This information can be detailed in your resume. 

4. Project Experience 

The candidate’s project experience log will be checked to ensure that the applicant has the required number of implementation-hours. The following implementation types constitute valid implementation experience: internal implementation, external/consulting implementation or partial implementation of an information security management system. This information can be detailed in your resume.

5. Evaluation of Certification Applications

The Certification Department will evaluate each application to validate the candidate’s eligibility to certification. A candidate whose application is being reviewed will be notified in writing and given a reasonable timeframe to provide any additional documentation, if required. If a candidate does not respond by the deadline, or does not provide the required documentation within the given time frame, he/she may be declared ineligible.

6. Denial of Certification

PECB can deny certification if candidates:

  • Falsify the application
  • Violate the testing procedures
  • Provide false information about themselves 
  • Violate the PECB Code of Ethics
  • Fail to pass the exam

Any concern regarding the denial of certification can be appealed in writing to the Certification Board.

The application payment for the certificate is not refundable. This is because of the process of verifying the application, verifying the evidence submitted by the candidates, and verifying the engagement of the relevant units in this process.

7. Suspension of Certification

PECB can temporarily suspend certification if the candidate fails to satisfy the requirements of PECB. Additional reasons for suspending certification can be if:

  • PECB receives excessive or serious complaints by interested parties (suspension will be applied until the investigation has been completed)
  • PECB or Accreditation body(ies) logos are willfully misused
  • The candidate fails to correct the misuse of a certification mark within the determined time by PECB
  • The certified individual has voluntarily requested a suspension
  • PECB deems appropriate other conditions for suspension of certification

8. Revocation of Certification

PECB can revoke (also referred to as “withdraw”) certification if the candidate fails to satisfy the PECB’s requirements. Candidates are no longer allowed to represent themselves as PECB Certified Professionals. Additional reasons for revoking certification can be if candidates:

  • Fail to comply with the PECB’s CPD Policy
  • Violate the PECB’s Code of Ethics
  • Misrepresent and provide false information of the scope of certificate
  • Break any other PECB requirements and rules

9. Non-discrimination and Special Accommodations

All candidate applications shall be evaluated objectively without regard to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, or marital status. PECB will allow for reasonable accommodations (1) as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (2) or an equivalent National Law. A candidate who needs special accommodations must make the request in writing and allow an extra two weeks for processing of the application. Click here to download  Special Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities Form

10. Complaint and Appeal

Any complaint that the applicants have must be made no later than 30 days after their certification has been denied. Within 30 working days after receiving the complaint, PECB will provide a written response to the applicant. Should the response from PECB not be satisfactory, applicants have the right to file an appeal. To read more about complaint and appeal procedure, please visit:  PECB Compliant and Appeal Procedure.  















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