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Continuing Education

AFCEA’s Continuing Education (CE) program is specifically targeted to support maintenance of cybersecurity certifications related to DoD 8570.01-M compliance. Many AFCEA event sessions and courses are approved for CompTIA continuing education units (CEUs) and/or GIAC continuing professional education (CPEs) and may also support (ISC)2, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Project Management Institute (PMI), GAGAS, and Defense Acquisition Workforce continuing education and/or certification maintenance requirements. Please check our event websites and course registration pages for more information about specific sessions and courses.


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


Which AFCEA events have sessions approved for CompTIA CEUs and/or GIAC CPEs?  If an AFCEA International event has sessions approved for CEUs and/or CPEs the event web site will normally have a continuing education page showing approved sessions and the show guides and applications will have similar information.


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 also feature event sessions which meet CompTIA and/or GIAC requirements as well as those of other certification and continuing education programs. Please check with your local chapter to find out if they are hosting any approved events.


How do I obtain the session documentation required for me to submit to CompTIA and/or GIAC?  Official attendance documentation is a benefit for AFCEA members. If we provide formal attendance documentation in support of an event you must attend the entire session qualifying for CompTIA CEUs and/or GIAC CPE to request attendance documentation. On exiting the session, get your event badge scanned or attendance otherwise formally recorded so that we can document your attendance. We will normally email documentation of your attendance within four weeks following the event. Please be sure your email account will accept email from


How do I obtain the session attendance documentation if I did not get my attendance recorded at the session?  Since we only formally document attendance on site at each session, we recommend you prepare your own attendance documentation by using the session information on the applicable event web site.


How do non-members obtain the session documentation required for  CompTIA and/or GIAC?  Non-members can build input for submission to certification authorities by using the session information on the applicable event web site.


Does AFCEA track which CEUs/CPEs I have earnedAFCEA provides initial attendance documentation when we have the appropriate records from AFCEA classes and events. We don't currently store records for individuals but we may in the future. 


What if I need continuing education 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 allows individuals to keep their skills current and many of their certifications up to date without retesting by participation in CEU-qualified training activities.   For details on CompTIA Continuing Education Program FAQs:

AFCEA members can receive up to a 15% discount on Certification Vouchers at


Each GIAC certification remains valid for 4 years.   Two years after certification the renewal process will begin, and individuals must maintain their credentials through Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs).   For details visit:  You may also email


Credential holders must earn the minimum number of Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs) annually during each year of the three-year certification cycle. Members must earn and submit the minimum annual number of CPEs to maintain their certification in good standing.” For more information visit




For information about Project Management Institute’s program to maintain credentials visit:



GAGAS:   Session content may also support GAGAS (Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards) Requirements for Continuing Professional Education. We recommend consulting with your supervisor to determine which sessions would help met your individual requirements. A CPE hour may be granted for each 50 minutes of participation in group programs and activities that qualify. 



Defense Acquisition Workforce: Members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce may qualify for continuous learning points (CLPs) at the rate of .5 point/hour for a maximum of 4 points/day attendance relevant events.

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