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Welcome to the Q/ISP® Qualified/Information Security Professional Certification Page

Q/ISPWhat is a Q/ISP "Qualified" Information Security Professional?

A Q/ISP is a person who has successfully passed Security University's Q/ISP online 125 question certification exam or all the 4 Q/ISP classes & exam.

The Q/ISP exam fee is $250.00 US dollars and can be taken online from anywhere with a video camera and remote SU Certified proctor. ($125.00 if you have taken a Q/ISP class)

The Q/ISP Certification does not require you to complete Q/ISP hands-on classes - however in order to earn you Q/ISP Certification you must validate" your tactical Hands-on security skills to earn the Q/ISP designation, so you can use the "Qualified" symbol as your trust mark. You must complete the Q/PTL workshop, and the Q/FE & Q/ND practical's to validate your tactical security skills.

Q/ISP Certification is obtained through Security University for the purpose of recognizing qualified individuals who have distinguished themselves as knowledgeable and proficient information security practitioners with validated hands-on tactical security skills. The Q/ISP certificate also provides THE only means of identifying and certifying qualified persons who subscribe to a rigorous requirement for maintaining their knowledge and proficiency in information security with "validated" their hands-on tactical security skills.

Certification is awarded to those qualified individuals who validate their security skills to a prescribed qualified level of tactical hands-on information security experience, comply with a professional code of ethics, and pass rigorous examinations on the Q/ISP Body of Knowledge for information security.

Keeping your Q/ISP Valid
In order to maintain currency in the field, each Q/ISP must complete participation in research or study, attendance at recognized subject-matter training and professional educational programs, presentation or publication of information security papers, contributions to the information security Q/ISP Body of Knowledge, or service in professional organizations. Each Q/ISP must acquire 120 CPE continuing professional education credits every three years. (40 credits per year)

In order to use a Qualified Q/ISP Trustmark the Q/ISP has validated their tactical security skills by completing the Tactical Security Certification Practical's from the Q/PTL, Q/FE & Q/ND classes.

Q/ISP Qualified/ Information Security Professional Certification Classes

1. Q/EH Qualified/ Ethical Hacker  
2. Q/SA Qualified/ Security Analyst & Penetration Testing Methods / Q/PTL Qualified/ Penetration Tester License 
3. Q/FE Qualified/ Forensics Expert
4.
Q/ND Qualified/ Network Defender   

  Q/EH  Q/SA  Q/PTL  Q/FE Q/ND

Why become a Qualified?
In 1999, Security University founded the first hands-on AIS "Advanced Information Security" Credential, renamed the Q/ISP, which allowed over 24,000 security professionals to prove their tactical security skills and meet challenging practical experience standards in information security. Q/ISP is unique in the field of information security certifications because the classes and exams are performance based, testing both the candidate's knowledge and validating their tactical security skills, ensuring the candidate's ability to take what they learned and put it into practice in the real world. Q/ISP Certifications are achieved from 4 week-long courses, or if you have the experience - from the rigorous 125 Q/ISP online certification exam.

A "Qualified" certification is validation that an individual has met the Q/ISP tactical security standard and the only certification to provide validation to employers that their people and prospective hires are "Qualified" in that specific security skill.

To accomplish this standard, Q/ISP goes beyond theory and terminology and tests the processes and methodology of tactical security skills of the information security professional.

Benefits of Q/ISP Information Security Certification for Individuals

  • For system and network administrators and security professionals, the program offers added proof that you know have the security skills needed to protect systems and networks and that you have validated those security skills needed to carry out those tasks.
  • Q/ISP courses provide a over -arching baseline of information security skills ensuring that dangerous threats to your networks and critical assets -  threats that at are actively being exploited - are thoroughly addressed.
  • Q/ISP Certification ensures that qualified professionals can keep their security skills and practical knowledge current through 120 continuing education credits every 3 years (no less than 40 credits annually ).
  • Many large private companies and government agencies are reviewing the Q/ISP certification for new job candidates and has been added to the 8570 IA WIP Certification list (pending approval)

The Q/ISP Certification and Q/ISP exam with Qualified Education Certification & Licenses are for IT & IS security professionals, Sys Admins, Security Auditors, Network Auditors, CISO's who are looking to validate tactical security skills to advance their career and increase their income.

All Q/ISP classes are instructor led by highly qualified Q/ISP security subject matter experts (SSME's) packed with hours of hands-on tactical labs with leading edge security tools and technologies setting the stage for your “Qualified” Information Security Professional credential. Once you have mastered the 4 Q/ISP classes & certification exams or passed the Q/ISP certification exam and practical's, you are “qualified” and have validated your tactical security skills of an information security professional.

Passing the Q/EH, Q/SA, Q/ND and Q/FE classes are NOT mandatory for taking the Q/ISP certification (online) exam. Contact info@securityuniversity.net for more information or call 1.877.357.7744.

The Q/ISP certification is awaiting ANSI's 17042 and NOCA compliance approval.

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You may ask... What does the Q/ISP Logo Represent?
Security University's Q/ISP logo represents the highest commitment for Security professionals in the world. It is a custom logo created to honor security professionals who aspire to earn the most valued tactical hands-on security skills training, certifications and licenses in the world. It shows you have earned "tactical hands-on security skills" and only a "certification".

The skull represents brains.
The ribbons symbolize integrity and honor.
The wings exemplify the ability to soar towards your true potential (and above the turkeys you work with).
The playing cards attest that you've mastered the security skills to win at mitigating security.


Security University has led the wave of tactical hands-on security skills training & certifications since 1999. From pioneering to establishing the highest standard in information security training & certifications for the past 10 years and still leading the way for security professionals to achieve tactical security skills to reach their career & personal potential.

Q/EH April 2009 Testimonial
I have over 20 years experience in both teaching and information security. I am very particular about both and highly concerned with the decline in real training revolving around the current challenges which we face. I was honestly impressed with both the level of expertise and the instructor's ability to relay this information to the students. This is not simply another idiot boot camp but a well reasoned and directed classroom experience which prepares the student for the real world. I was impressed with the hands-on exercises. These combined with the instructor's elevated knowledge base made the class enjoyable and extremely topical. When you compare Security University to other training groups in the region, they are infinitely superior in both talent and developmental materials.

I think that Security University has the right mindset in the development of their classes. They are working to impart valuable knowledge and not simply to push students through. Whereas, I believe that any student could pass any applicable exam after attending these courses, the test is not the focal point. They deserve to be commended for both their mindset and the efforts that they've made to enhance the knowledge-base of their students. I sincerely appreciate my time learning with Security University and would recommend it to any organization which actually wants to develop real IA professionals.

PSparks DoD/DISA/JITC



The Q/ISP Qualified/ Information Security Professional Certification Program was nominated as finalists for SC Magazine's Best Professional Security Training Program 2009. Click here to view the press release.

From our attendees:
"Yes. Pls quote me, The instructor was great, he was very knowledgeable. I had CEH and CHFI training from another vendor and I did receive certification but I wish I had attended your classes instead, I would have learned much more." America 2008

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