GIAC Certification Renewal

GIAC Certification Renewal

Guidelines and Requirements

General Information | CPE Categories | Requirements for CPE Submission | Multiple Certification Discounts | GSE | Instructions for the Renewal Process | Ethics | Documents

GIAC continues to accept a wide variety of professional activities as Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) credits. We have expanded the flexibility of these CPEs to further simplify the maintenance of your certifications.

You can start accumulating and tracking your CPE credits as soon as your GIAC certification is earned and have until your certification's expiration date to complete CPE submission and payment. All relevant CPE submissions must have been acquired within 4 years prior to your GIAC certification expiration date to qualify.

CPEs accumulated from SANS and GIAC activities will be automatically tracked in your account!

General Information

GIAC certifications require renewal every four years.

The certification maintenance fee is a non-refundable $399 payment due once every four years at the time of registration. Registration is enabled at the 2-year mark of your certification expiration date.

We offer several options to demonstrate ongoing competency in the Information Assurance field and maintain your GIAC certification status. Each activity has its own CPE value and can be used towards 1, 2, or 3 certification renewals, depending on the activity. Please click on individual links for each option for more information.


Certification Renewal FAQ

Certification Renewal Handbook

Certification Renewal Quick Start Guide

CPE Categories

Activity Max Credits Can be applied to...
Primary Options: Affiliated Activities
SANS Training, New GIAC Certification, GIAC Gold Paper 36

3 certifications

Primary Options: Non-Affiliated Activities
ISO-17024-Accredited, Information-Assurance-Related Training and Certifications 36 2 certifications
Information-Assurance-Related Post Graduate Class 36 2 certifications
Publishing an Information-Assurance-Related Paper or Book 36 2 certifications
Supplementary Options
Other Training or Events 18 1 certification
NetWars/Cyber Ranges 12 1 certification
Work Experience 12 1 certification
GIAC/SANS/Community Participation/Contribution 12 1 certification

Requirements for CPE submission

  • CPEs can be entered, tracked, and assigned to a certification at any time in your account. You do not need to pay before receiving access to the CPE submission form.
  • Most affiliated SANS activities have the relevance pre-mapped. When you assign CPEs to a certification renewal, you will need to provide information justifying the relevancy of the activity to the certification being renewed. You will have a choice between pre-set justification options, or you may enter your own statement.
  • Final submission of a renewal application is completed once payment of the invoice is received. The ability to complete submission starts 2 years before certification expiration date.
  • Applications must be complete with all supporting documentation prior to submission. Applications that are incomplete, or lack the required supporting documentation, will be rejected and will require resubmission once all requirements have been gathered.
  • It is your responsibility to submit your CPE information and documentation before your certification expires. In order to ensure your application is received and reviewed before your deadline, we suggest submitting your paperwork at least 15 business days prior to your certification's expiration date.
  • Included in the certification renewal fee is an updated set of course books, audio files, and any added content such as DVDs or USBs. Any additional hardware, such as F-Response and the Windows License, is not included.
  • You will be responsible for additional payment for shipping. If you would not like to receive the course material, please uncheck the box to 'Include Books' on your renewal registration.

Multiple Certification Discounts

Registering for multiple GIAC certification renewals in a two-year period qualifies for a discount. The first renewal is $399, and all additional renewal registrations received within the following two-year period are $199 each.

The two-year mark begins on the date your first renewal registration has been paid. It is not based on certification expiration dates or the date of renewal.


All information submitted under certification maintenance is carefully reviewed by our staff and subject to an audit. Renewal candidates who knowingly and willingly submit false information or forged documents will be reported to the Ethics Council for review. Possible sanctions could include revocation of all GIAC certifications or barring from participation in GIAC community events.

For any ethic concerns or to report ethic issues please visit our code of ethics page: Code of Ethics


GSE certifications can be renewed through the Exam option only. CPE submissions will not be accepted. Renewing your GSE will renew all other current certifications held.

Instructions for the Renewal Process

The submitting and tracking of CPE credits, assignment of CPE credits to specific certification renewals, and registration, are all completed through your online GIAC Account Dashboard.

Certification Renewal Registration:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click 'Renew Now.'
  • Click the 'Alternative CPE option to complete your renewal using your CPE submissions and assignments.
  • Click the Exam option to renew by taking the current exam for your certification

Submitting and Tracking of CPE Credits:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click CPE - Submit and Assign Credits.
  • Click 'Submit New Credits.'
  • Select the CPE Category and Subcategory.
  • Enter your information in the fields on the submission form
  • Attach your documentation as a file or link to url.
  • Add any supporting documentation if needed.
  • Click 'Submit Request' for CPE Credit.

Assignment of CPE credits to certification renewals:

  • Once logged in to your account, click 'Certification History.'
  • Click CPE - Submit and Assign Credits.
  • For each submission previously made, click the 'Assignment' link next to your qualifying CPE submission.
  • Select your qualifying GIAC certification(s) from the drop-down list.
  • If prompted, please complete the CPE Justification by clicking 'Justify Credit Assignments.'
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