National Credential
Credential: Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)

The Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) is a certification for individuals involved in the process of certifying and accrediting the security of information systems. Specifically, the credential applies to professionals responsible for formalizing processes used to assess risk and establish security requirements, as well as ensure information systems possess security commensurate with the level of exposure to potential risk. Candidates must have two years of experience in any of the following areas: IT security, information assurance, information risk management, certification, system testing and continuous monitoring, systems administration, information security policy, database/systems development, or technical or auditing experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 17C Cyber Operations Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS most          
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI other          
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)
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Email: membersupport@isc2.org

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

  • Candidates must have a minimum of two years of cumulative paid full-time work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the CAP exam.
  • Valid professional experience includes the direct application of appropriate Certification and Accreditation, knowledge in certification and accreditation-related work performed as a practitioner, auditor, consultant, vendor, investigator or instructor.

The Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must subscribe to the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 Code of Ethics.
  • Anyone who passes a CAP exam must have their qualifications endorsed by another (ISC2) credential holder.
  • Passing candidates will be randomly selected and audited by (ISC2) Services prior to issuance of any certification. Multiple certifications may result in a candidate being audited more than once.

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

  • Risk Managment Framwork (RMF)
  • Categorization of Information Systems
  • Selection of Security Controls
  • Security Control Implementation
  • Security Control Assessment
  • Information Security Authorization
  • Monitoring of Security Controls

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CAP credential must be renewed every three years by meeting continuing education requirements. All ISC2 certifications also require an annual maintenance fee.

Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

Additional considerations for the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) include:

  • Candidates who do not have the required experience may still sit for the exam and become an Associate of (ISC)2 until they have gained the required experience. Once the required experience for the CAP certification is reached, the Associate of (ISC)2 can be converted to CAP status. Annual maintenance fees and continuing education requirements apply while working towards the experience requirement.