Comptia Security+ Continuing Education Units

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  1. charlesreeves219

    charlesreeves219 New Member

    For those contractors working under the DoD guidelines:

    CompTIA CEUs Security+ Renewal Continuing Education Requirement Informational Posting
    Posted by Charles Reeves Dec 17, 2013

    Security+ CE Requirements
    After you pass the Security+ exam, you’ll find that CompTIA has a requirement to earn Security+ CE (continuing education) credits to retain the certification. If you don’t meet the CE requirements, your certification will expire. CompTIAs page provides an overview and other links for in-depth details, but this blog breaks down the basics for anyone earning the Security+ certification.
    The requirements set by CompTIA for their program is very similar to the requirements for SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner and CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional certifications.
    If you have the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Storage+, or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification, you’re required to complete and register continuing education units (CEUs). This blog covers many of the common questions surrounding CEUs.

    Only the following certifications are currently in the CompTIA CEU program.

    CompTIA A+
    CompTIA Network+
    CompTIA Security+
    CompTIA Storage+
    CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
    How Much Does it Cost?
    The following list shows the annual fee and cost for each of these certifications.

    CompTIA A+ $25 (Total $75)
    CompTIA Network+ $49 (Total $147)
    CompTIA Security+ $49 (Total $147)
    CompTIA Storage+ 49 (Total $147)
    CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) $49 (Total $147)
    Do I Have to Earn CEUs for All CompTIA Certifications
    No. You only need to earn certifications for the highest level of certification. The following list shows the order of lowest to highest level of certification.

    CompTIA A+
    CompTIA Network+
    CompTIA Security+

    In other words, if you have A, Network+, and Security+, you only need to meet the requirements of Security+.

    How Many CEUs Do I Need
    The following list shows how many CEUs you need for each certification.

    CompTIA A+ 20 CEUs
    CompTIA Network+ 30 CEUs
    CompTIA Security+ 50 CEUs

    What Can I Do To Earn CEUs?
    The most common way to earn CEUs is to pass the most current version of the exam or a higher level exam. For example, if you have the A+, you’re required to gain 20 CEUs. If you then pass the Network+, you earn 30 CEUs and met the requirement for the A+.

    You can also meet the requirement taking and passing another vendor’s higher level certification. For example, if you have the CompTIA Security+, you’ll meet the requirement by taking and passing the CASP, ISC's SSCP or CISSP exam.

    Some other activities that qualify are:

    IA Fundamentals Course 40 CEUs

    Teaching or lecturing on relevant topics.
    Attending courses or computer based training
    Attending relevant conferences or events
    Attending a CompTIA exam development workshop
    Publishing, books, blogs, articles, or whitepapers 1 CEU per blog post (Description of the content covered, link to or copy of the
    published work; the author credit must be the candidate seeking CE units) Blog post, min. 1000 words

    • Attend approved training 1 CEU per hour
    • Work experience 3 CEUs per year
    • College course 3 CEUs per credit hour
    • Writing a blog article (500+ words) 1 CEU
    • Writing a book (150 + pages) 20 CEUs
    • Teaching or instructing 1 CEU per hour
    • Create teaching or instructor materials 2 CEUs per hour

    How Do I Register my CEUs?
    You first need to register with the CompTIA site. You can do so from here. If you’ve registered before, you can log in from here.

    You are required to comply with the CompTIA Code of Ethics Policy and be up to date for the required maintenance fees before you can register.

    The following list summarizes the order of the CompTIA certifications requiring CEUs, the annual and total cost of each, and how many CEUs are required.

    CompTIA A+ $25 (Total $75), 20 CEUs required
    CompTIA Network+ $49 (Total $147), 30 CEUs required
    CompTIA Security+ $49 (Total $147), 50 CEUs required
    CompTIA Storage+ 49 (Total $147), 50 CEUs required
    CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) $49 (Total $147), 75CEUs required

    Submitting Credits
    You are required to submit your continuing education credits online and this can help you track your progress. You use your CompTIA credentials to logon and then will have access to enroll in the program. When you select an activity, it often enters the number of units for the item.
    When you submit your CEUs you’re required to also provide documentation to support the activity. For example, if you attend training, you’d need to provide the completion certificate.
    Also be aware that should you meet your Continuing Education Unit goal before the 3 year deadline, the time ends early and you start another 3 year cycle at that point. So, posting 50 CEUs for Security+ six months before the deadline automatically ends the 3 year period six months early and generates a new deadline and payment schedule along with a new 50 CEU requirement.

    Stay Certified
    In summary, if you want keep your certification; you’ll need to meet the Security+ CE requirements by doing the following:
    • Enroll in the CE program
    • Agree to the Code of Ethics
    • Pay your annual fees
    • Submit a total of 50 CEUs
    Certifications: Cisco CCDA, Comptia Security+, Comptia A+
  2. John Limion

    John Limion New Member

    Thank you for this information.
  3. dmarsh
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    dmarsh Petabyte Poster

    So basically I become Comptia's bitch ? :thumbleft

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