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Continuing Education

AFCEA Educational Foundation’s Continuing Education (CE) program is specifically targeted to support maintenance of cybersecurity certifications related to DoD 8570.01-M compliance. Many AFCEA courses and event sessions are now pre-approved for CompTIA continuing education units (CEUs) and/or GIAC certification maintenance units (CMUs).   Please check our event websites and course registration pages for more information about specific sessions and courses.

 

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should help answer some of your questions regarding applying CEUs and CMUs to your certifications.

 

Which AFCEA events have sessions approved for CompTIA CEUs and/or GIAC CMUs?

To explore which event sessions have been approved for CEUs and/or CMUs check the specific event web site.  Many of AFCEA International's event sites have a special page showing approved sessions and the show guides have similar information. To ensure receipt of documentation of event session attendance, be sure to get your event badge scanned as you leave each session.  Following the event documentation will be provided within a month by email from AFCEA.   

 

 

If I don't get to travel to AFCEA International events, might there be events with approved sessions in my local area?

AFCEA Chapters may apply to get event content approved for CEUs and CMUs.  Please check with your local chapter to find out if they are hosting any pre-approved events.

 

 

Which AFCEA professional development courses are approved for CompTIA CEUs and/or GIAC CMUs?

AFCEA professional development courses approved for CEUs and/or CMUs.

 

 

How do I obtain the session documentation required for me to submit to CompTIA and/or GIAC?

Attendance/Participation in a training course or conference session qualifying for CEUs is required. On exiting the session, get your event badge scanned so that we can document your attendance. We will email documentation of your attendance within four weeks after the event.

 

 

What if I need CEUs for a different certification than those listed?

Event attendance may also satisfy other continuing education requirements. Please contact the appropriate oversight organization for determination. Some applicable organizations might include: ASIS, ISACA, (ISC)2, Project Management Institute (PMI), and National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

 

 

What if I need additional information about specific continuing education programs?

CompTIA: The CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Storage+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certifications are valid for 3 years from the date the individual is certified. After 3 years, the certification must be renewed. CompTIA allows individuals to keep their skills current and their certification up to date without retesting by participation in CEU-qualified training activities. Full details pertaining to CompTIA requirements for sustaining existing certifications are included in the CompTIA Continuing Education Program FAQs.  You may also email

cert-renewal@giac.org.

 

 

GIAC: Each GIAC certification remains valid for 4 years. The first 2 years you are certified require no further action from you. After 2 years, the certification renewal process will begin, and individuals must maintain their credentials using a Certification Maintenance Units (CMUs) approach. This program focuses on demonstrating ongoing competence through continued training. For more details, the GIAC Certification Renewal FAQs.

 

 

(ISC)2: Credential holders must earn the minimum number of Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs) annually during each year of the three-year certification cycle. Although members may earn more than the minimum number of CPE credits required for credential maintenance for the three-year cycle, they are still required to earn and submit the minimum annual number to maintain their certification in good standing.” For more information visit https://www.isc2.org/maintaining-your-credent ial.aspx

 

 

Does AFCEA track which CEUs/CMUs I have earned?

AFCEA provides initial attendance documentation when we have the appropriate records from AFCEA classes and events. Normally we provide documentation by email within four weeks following the close of an event or class. We don't currently track or store records for individuals but we may in the future. If you are interested in having us track and store your attendance information please let us know by email to pdc@afcea.org and we will consider your feedback in our planning.

 



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