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How to earn a SU Q/ISP Qualified/ Information Security Professional Certificate Program of Mastery?

Validated Cyber Security Skills Exams + Practicals = Qualified

A SU Q/ISP GRADUATE (non degree) is a person who earned thier SU Q/ISP CyberSecurity Certificate Program of Mastery by passing  Security University Testing (SUT) Q/ISP online 125 question certification exam or has passed 4 SUT Q/ISP micro exams (Q/EH, Q/SA, Q/FE, Q/ND) with a 70% or higher and completed the 3 required practicals.

The SUT Q/ISP exam fee is $750.00 US dollars and can be taken online from anywhere with a computer camera and remote SUT Certified proctor. ($450.00 if you have taken a Q/ISP class)


Validation of clearance or background check - for students applying for a SUT Q/ISP, Q/IAP, Q/SSE, Q/CND or Wireless Certificate Program of Mastery Credential are required to submit a resume and valid letter from employer. SU Students registering for a SU class are requested but not required to submit a resume. Effective February 11, 2011 1. Student responsibilities include adhering to the registration requirements, signing in and out of class each day of class equal to 95% of the 72 hour class and participating in performance based Lesson Plan activities. The student is required to make quantitative progress toward class completion. To achieve satisfactory academic progress, a student must attend class no less than 95% of class hours to become completers. "Completers" will receive a participation certificate from the school director. Security University maintains and estores all transcripts, certificates and certifications forever.

The SU Q/ISP Certificate Program of Mastery does not require you to complete Q/ISP (Q/EH, Q/SA, Q/FE, Q/ND) hands-on training class - however to earn the Q/ISP Certificate Program of Mastery credential you are required to "validate" your tactical hands-on cybersecurity skills to earn the Q/ISP designation the same as students who attend Q/ISP classes so you too can use the "Qualified" symbol as your trust mark. You must complete the Q/PTL workshop and practical and the Q/FE & Q/ND practical's to validate your tactical cybersecurity skills.

The SU Q/ISP Certificate 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 SU Q/ISP certificate program of mastery provides THE only means of identifying and certifying qualified persons who subscribe to a rigorous requirement for maintaining their knowledge and proficiency in information cybersecurity with"validated" hands-on tactical security skills.

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

Keeping your Q/ISP Valid
In order to maintain currency in the field, each Q/ISP fellow is required 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 144 CPE continuing professional education credits every three years. (72 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.

SU Q/ISP Qualified/ Information Security Professional Certification Classes

1. Q/EH Qualified/ Ethical Hacker  w/ SUT Q/EH Exam
2. Q/SA Qualified/ Security Analyst & Penetration Testing Methods w/ SUT QSA Exam  / Q/PTL Qualified/ Penetration Tester License 
3. Q/FE Qualified/ Forensics Expert w/ SUT Q/FE Exam
Q/ND Qualified/ Network Defender  w/ SUT 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 hands-on cyber security skills and meet challenging practical experience standards in information security. The SUT Q/ISP is unique in the field of information security certifications because the SU training classes and SUT 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. SUT Q/ISP Certifications can be achieved from 4 week-long courses, or if you have the experience - from a very rigorous 125 SUT Q/ISP online certification exam + the hands-on Practicals.

A "Qualified" SUT certification is validation that an individual has met the SUT Q/ISP tactical cybersecurity 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, SUT Q/ISP certification goes beyond theory and terminology and tests the processes and methodology of tactical security skills of the information security professional.

Benefits of SUT Q/ISP Qualified/ Information Security Professional Certification for Individuals

The non-degree Q/ISP Certification and Q/ISP exam 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 for more information or call 1.877.357.7744.

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.