National Credential
Credential: Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2)

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc. (ISC2) - Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) credential indicates expertise in forensics techniques and procedures, standards of practice, and legal and ethical principles to assure accurate, complete and reliable digital evidence admissible to a court of law. It also indicates the ability to apply forensics to other information security disciplines, such as e-discovery, malware analysis, or incident response. The CCFP has education and experience requirements in addition to a performance-based exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

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 other          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI some          
Enlisted P7 Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) ASI other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Warrant Officer 170A CYBER Operations Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS other        
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.

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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 Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

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: 6 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)
311 Park Place Blvd
Suite 400
Clearwater, FL  33759
Phone: (866) 331-4722
Fax: (703) 356-7977
Email: membersupport@isc2.org

Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

Option 1: Candidates must have a four-year college degree leading to a Baccalaureate or regional equivalent, plus three years of cumulative paid full time digital forensics or IT security experience in three of the six CCFP domains.

Option 2:

Candidates who do not hold a four-year college degree must have six years of cumulative paid full time digital forensics or IT security experience in three of the six CCFP domains. Candidates without the required degree may receive a one-year professional experience waiver for holding an alternate forensics certification on the ISC2 approved list.

The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) 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 CISSP 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 Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

  • Domain 1: Legal and Ethical Principles
  • Domain 2: Investigations
  • Domain 3: Forensic Science
  • Domain 4: Digital Forensics
  • Domain 5: Application Forensics
  • Domain 6: Hybrid and Emerging Technologies

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) 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 Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification is required every three years, with ongoing continuing education requirements to maintain credentials in good standing. All ISC2 certifications also require an annual maintenance fee.

Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP)

Additional considerations for the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) 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.