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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

Certification will be denied for any of the following reasons:

  • Falsification of application
  • Violation of testing procedures
  • Misrepresentation
  • Breach of the PECB Code of Ethics
  • Failure to pass the examination

Denials of certification may be appealed to the Certification Board in writing. 

The application payment for the certificate is not refundable. This is due to the initiation of the procedures concerning the verification of the application, verification of the evidence submitted by the candidates, as well as the engagement of the relevant units in this process.

7. Suspension of Certification

Suspending Certification means the state that the individual’s certification is temporary suspended for not fulfilling the PECB requirements. Certification will be suspended for any of the following reasons:

  • PECB receives excessive or serious complaints by interested parties and social conflicts, suspension will be applied until the investigation has been completed;
  • Any willful misuse of logo of PECB or Accreditation body(ies);
  • Not correcting misuse of certification mark, within the determined time by PECB;
  • Any other condition deemed appropriate by PECB management;
  • The certified individual has voluntarily requested a suspension.

8. Revocation of Certification

Revoking Certification means the state that the individual’s certification is revoked (also referred as “withdrawn”) for not fulfilling the PECB requirements, through which the individuals will have their PECB Certificates revoked and will no longer be allowed to present themselves as PECB Certified Professionals. Certification will be revoked for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to comply with the PECB’s CPD Policy;
  • Violation of the PECB’s Code of Ethics;
  • Misrepresentation of the certificate of scope;
  • Any other major breach of 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

Requests for a complaint must be made no later than 30 days after the applicant is denied certification. Within 30 working days after the receipt of the written complaint, PECB must provide the applicant with a written response. Should the response from complaint not be satisfactory, the applicant has 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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