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NCSC Certified Cyber Professional (CCP) assured service

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recognition sets the professional standards for cyber practitioners in the UK, supporting the development of a robust and respected cyber security profession.

What is the Certified Cyber Professional (CCP) assured service?

The CCP assured service has been developed by the NCSC in consultation with government, industry and academia to address the growing need for specialists in the cyber security profession, and sets the standard for UK cyber security professionals.

Changes to the CCP assured service

Following a pilot, the CCP assured service is changing. When CCP was originally introduced, people were certified in cyber security roles. After listening to feedback from users and professionals, NCSC has decided to refresh and streamline the assessment process to focus more closely on critical skills. As a result, candidates will now be recognised in specialisms instead of roles.

  • Please note: NCSC will honour the expiry date on role certifications already awarded. No-one will be required to hold both a role and a specialism certification for the same cyber security activity. Revalidations (involving the submission of CPD evidence) at the 18-month point for existing CCP role certifications will continue as normal until September 2022.

  • If you have any queries please contact ccpsupport@bcs.uk.

Submit an application to have your Risk Management experience recognised

If successful in the assessment process to determine your CCP level (which includes a comprehensive interview), you will be able to:

  • Take your place on the public CCP register and gain wider recognition for your competence and experience

  • Validate your cyber security credentials and your role in protecting your organisation’s assets

  • Take up a year’s free BCS membership when you gain this recognition (offer available to non-members only)

  • Join a community of practitioners raising standards and building the reputation of the UK’s cyber profession

What’s involved in the application process?

To apply for CCP, you will need to ensure you have one of the following foundational pre-requisites:

  • An NCSC-certified degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) or

  • A valid certificate for Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) including full membership of (ISC)² or

  • A valid certificate for Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) including full membership of ISACA or

  • Full membership of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) or

  • Proof of having passed an appropriate NCSC internal skills level assessment or

  • Proof of having completed an internal NCSC professional development framework (for example for cyber security architecture).

How do the existing and new CCP assured service compare?

Previous service : Roles based

Three levels: 6 skills based roles

Lead Practitioner

Senior Lead Practitioner

Practitioner

New service

Specialism based: Two level based

Certified Cyber Professional

Associate Cyber Professional

1 specialism to launch first - Risk Management - with others to follow in due course.

How much does it cost?

  • The application fee is £2550.00 +VAT.