Certification Exam Policy

 

Around the world, partners and customers look to IIB Council to deliver the

highest quality exams and certifications. IIB Council has developed a number of

policies to support the goals of IIB Council certification program, including:

NDA

Non-Disclosure agreement (NDA)

CPA

IIB Council Certification Program Agreement

SIP

Security and Integrity Policy

Certification NDA

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

IIB Council certification program requires candidates to accept the terms of a NDA before taking an exam. The NDA legally requires candidates to keep information related to exam content confidential. Requiring the acceptance of the NDA helps protect the security of IIB Council certification exams and the integrity of the IIB Council certification program by legally discouraging piracy and/or unauthorized use of exam content.

All IIB Council exams, including the content and wording of exam questions, constitute confidential IIB Council information and/or IIB Council copyrights that are protected by intellectual property laws. All candidates must agree to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which obligates them to maintain the confidentiality of IIB Council exams before they can access an exam. If an individual is caught violating the NDA, the candidate will be subject to action.

The full content of IIB Council NDA can be viewed below

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Certification Program Agreement

IIB Council Certification Program Agreement (CPA)

Before accessing or using an IIB Council certification program benefit, name, or logo, a candidate is required to accept the terms and conditions of IIB Council Candidate Application Agreement that is applicable to all IIB Council examinations that a candidate is looking to attempt.

A candidate is also required to agree and adhere to IIB Council Candidate Certification Agreement that is applicable to all IIB Council certifications that a candidate has attained, and his/her participation in the IIB Council certification program, including access and use of any IIB Council certification program benefit, IIB Council certification credential, or any IIB Council certification logo that IIB Council makes available to candidate as part of the certification program.

The full content of IIB Council Certification Agreement can be found below

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Security and Integrity

IIB Council Security and Integrity Policy (SIP)

IIB Council is devoted in helping candidates succeed in their exams and certification. By communicating policies and providing a clear understanding of what constitutes fraudulent behavior and cheating, IIB Council strives to help candidates avoid negative consequences.

Security Policies

IIB Council has specific policies in place that address the areas of security pertinent to IIB Council exams. These policies have been implemented to help maintain and protect the value of IIB Council certification, the investment that IIB Councils make to achieve certification, and the integrity of confidential IIB Council information and IIB Council intellectual property.

Frequently asked Questions

a. Candidate Bans

If a candidate violates any testing rule, exam policy, or term within the exam agreement (NDA), or engages in any misconduct that diminishes the security and integrity of the IIB Council certification program in any way, the candidate may be permanently prohibited from taking any future IIB Council certification exams. In addition, the candidate may be decertified from the IIB Council certification program, and test scores and certifications may be revoked.

Examples of such misconduct, misuse, and fraud include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Falsifying score reports, by modifying and/or altering the original results/score reports for any exam record
  • Cheating during the exam (such as looking at the monitors of other exam takers)
  • Providing or accepting improper assistance
  • Bringing non-authorized items into the testing center during an exam session (such as notes or unauthorized materials and electronic devices, such as cell phones)
  • Using unauthorized material in attempting to satisfy certification requirements (this includes using “brain-dump” material and/or unauthorized publication of exam questions with or without answers)
  • Falsifying identity or impersonating another individual to gain access to an exam
  • Copying, publishing, disclosing, transmitting, selling, offering to sell, posting, downloading, distributing in any way, or otherwise transferring, modifying, making derivative works of, reverse engineering, decompiling, disassembling, or translating any exam in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, verbal or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose
  • Disclosing IIB Council intellectual property (IP)
  • Disseminating actual exam content
  • Using the exam content in any manner that violates applicable law
  • Violating the current exam retake policy
  • Violating the IIB Council Non-Disclosure agreement (NDA) in any way
  • Violating the IIB Council exam agreement in any way.

b. Candidate Appeal Process

  • Candidates may appeal their ban by submitting an appeal form to [email protected]
  • A candidate may appeal a ban for falsifying a score report by submitting the original report (no scans or electronic copies) to: [email protected]
  • The IIB Council Certification Division will review all submitted appeal requests and conduct a thorough investigation of each specific case and will communicate directly with the candidate regarding the conclusion of the investigation and final appeal decision.

c. Exam Retake Policy

  • General IIB Council Exam Retake Policy
    • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on an exam the first time, there is no waiting period before retaking the exam the second time.
    • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score the second time, the candidate must wait at least a 14-day period before retaking the exam a third time.
    • A 14-day waiting period will also be imposed for the fourth and fifth subsequent exam retakes. A candidate may not take a given exam any more than five times per year (12 months). This 12-month period would start the day of the fifth unsuccessful exam retake. The candidate would then be eligible to retake the exam 12 months from that date.
    • If a candidate achieves a passing score on an exam, the candidate cannot take it again.
  • IIB Council is implementing this new policy to uphold the validity of our credential and to ensure candidates are adequately prepared for subsequent certification attempts. As we strive to uphold our mission to validate the hands-on skills of today’s security professionals, we feel that after three attempts at a certification exam, additional training related to the exam’s certification objectives is needed
  • IIB Council reserves the right to revoke the certification status of candidates who attempt the exam without abiding to IIB Council Retake Policy as stated above.
  • Should you require the exam voucher validity to be extended, kindly contact [email protected] before the voucher expires. Only valid vouchers can be extended.

d. Testing center closures due to security reasons

  • IIB Council may suspend testing at any location where we deem there is a security or integrity problem.
  • IIB Council may suspend testing at sites that are related to test sites that pose security risks.

e. Candidate Retesting at request of IIB Council

  • IIB Council reserves the right to ask any candidate to retest for any suspected fraudulent activity or anomalous testing patterns at any time.
  • IIB Council has the right to ask for additional information pertaining to the experience and education background of the candidate on the grounds of verification
  • Retesting will take place at a facility that is selected by IIB Council at a time agreed upon by IIB Council and the candidate.

f. Revoking certifications

If a candidate violates any testing rule, exam policy, or term within the exam agreement (NDA), or engages in any misconduct that diminishes the security and integrity of the IIB Council certification program in any way, the candidate may be permanently prohibited from taking any future IIB Council certification exams. In addition, the candidate may be decertified from any current certification program, and test scores and certifications may be revoked, , but are not limited to, the following:

  • Making public the questions, answers, or any of the content of an exam with any person, without prior written approval from IIB Council.
  • Reproducing (by any means including reconstruction through memorization), advertising, selling and/or distributing actual exam content by any means including web postings, discussion forums, chat rooms, study guides, etc.
  • Using any aids, notes, equipment, or other materials not authorized by Test Centre or IIB Council during the exam.
  • Removing or attempting to remove exam materials including questions, responses, graphics or notes (in any format), dry erase boards, or scratch paper from the testing room.
  • Providing falsified documentation as means of false identity or false address when registering or taking an exam including impersonating another candidate or soliciting someone to take an exam on your behalf.
  • Using falsified or altered certificates, score reports or other documents or electronic media to misrepresent certification status.
  • Altering or tampering with the testing facility equipment or attempt to use the equipment for any function other than taking a IIB Council certification exam.
  • Giving, receiving or obtaining assistance of any kind for any IIB Council examination.
  • Causing a disturbance or behaving unprofessionally at any testing facility.
  • Talking or communicating with other exam-takers while in the testing room.
  • Tampering or unauthorized use of testing facility equipment, including the testing computer.
  • Breaching the terms of the IIB Council Exam Retake Policy and Candidate Agreements.
  • Breaching IIB Council Code of Ethics
  • Convicted of a felony.

g. Beta Exam

  • Inclusion in beta testing is by invitation only.
  • IIB Council reserves the right to exclude countries and/or testing centers from the beta testing program.

h. Right of Exclusion

Based on security and integrity concerns, IIB Council reserves the right to exclude specific regions, countries, and testing centers from IIB Council certified program altogether.

i. Challenge the Exams without Training

The IIB Certification verifies that its holder demonstrates sufficient knowledge and skills in the subject matter. The Exam Eligibility System allows highly experienced professionals to challenge the exams without training.

Professionals must have practical experience on the topics and modules covered in the respective training.

Candidates must demonstrate their experience through references and/or data from campaigns or work they have done in the past, to be able to qualify for sitting the exams without training. 

To apply please visit the respective application forms below.

C|DM Exam Eligibility
C|PM Exam Eligibility
C|BP Exam Eligibility