National Credential
Credential: Certified Computing Professional (CCP)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)

The Certified Computing Professional (CCP) credential is recommended for senior-level personnel in the information processing industry. Candidates must have a background that includes at least 48 months of full-time direct experience (or part-time equivalent) with computer-based information systems and must subscribe to the ICCP Code of Ethics, Conduct and Good Practice. Acceptable experience includes data processing systems, programming, management, teaching computer based information systems, systems and programming experience gained while employed by computer equipment manufacturers, service centers, management consulting firms, and educational institutions. Education may be substituted for experience. To become certified, candidates must take a core exam and two specialty exams.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Computing Professional (CCP)

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 14G Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator MOS other          
Enlisted 14H Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator MOS some     Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 6N THAAD Launching Control Station (LCS) Operator ASI some          
Enlisted 94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS most        

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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 Computing Professional (CCP)

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: 4 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

Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
2400 East Devon Avenue
Suite 281
Des Plaines, IL  60018
Phone: (800) 843-8227
Fax: (847) 299-4280
Email: office2@iccp.org

Certified Computing Professional (CCP)

Candidates must have at least 48 months of full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) with direct experience in computer-based information systems.

Candidates with less than 48 months of work experience may substitute postsecondary academic work up to a maximum of 24 months of experience on the following basis, provided official transcripts of academic work are submitted to ICCP:

  • 24 months for a Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in information systems or computer science;
  • 24 months for an Associate Computing Professional (ACP) certification;
  • 18 months for a Bachelor’s or graduate degree in related area including accounting, business, engineering, mathematics, sciences or statistics;
  • 12 months for a Bachelor’s or graduate degree in non-related area; or
  • 12 months for an Associate degree or diploma (2 year program) in information systems or computer science.

The Certified Computing Professional (CCP) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified Computing Professional (CCP)

  • Foundations of Information Systems (20%)
    • Information Systems in Organizations
    • Valuing Information Systems
    • Information Systems Components and Infrastructure
    • Facilities, Services and Organizational Models
    • Systems Development and Acquisition
    • The Internet and World Wide Web
    • Security of Information Systems
    • Business Intelligence
    • Globalization
  • Data and Information Management (15%)
    • Data Management
    • Data Governance
    • Data Modeling
    • Meta-data Management
    • Data Quality Management
    • Data Security Management
    • Database Approach
    • Database Languages
  • Enterprise Architecture (10%)
    • Enterprise Architecture Frameworks
    • Monitoring and Metrics for Infrastructure and Business Processes
    • Green Computing
    • Business Continuity
  • IT Infrastructure (15%)
    • Systems Concepts
    • Operating Systems
    • Networking
    • IT Control and Service Management Frameworks (COBIT, ITIL, etc.)
  • IS Project Management (15%)
    • Introduction to Project Management
    • The Project Management Lifecycle
    • Managing Project Teams
    • Project Initiation and Planning
    • Managing Project Scheduling
    • Managing Project Resources 
    • Managing Project Quality and Risk
    • Systems Procurement
    • Project Execution, Control and Closure
  • Systems Analysis & Design (15%)
    • Business Process Management
    • Structuring of IT-based Opportunities into Projects
    • Analysis and Specification of System Requirements
    • Implementation Strategies
    • Design and Analysis
  • IS Strategy, Management and Acquisition (10%)
    • The Role of IS in the Organization
    • Structuring the IS Organization
    • Acquiring Information Technology Resources and Capabilities
  • In addition to the core exam, candidates must also pass two specialty exams.  Examples of specialty exams include Business Information Systems, Data Communications and Internetworking, Data Management, Systems Development, and Systems Security.  For a complete list of specialty exams and the exam content outlines, please see the ICCP website.  

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Computing Professional (CCP) 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 Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Computing Professional (CCP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Computing Professional (CCP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The initial certification is valid for four years; after this initial period, it must be renewed every three years. The anniversary date will be the month the certification was issued.
  • Certification holders are required to complete recertification credits, earned through various professional development activities. ICCP provides a recertification page for additional information.

Certified Computing Professional (CCP)

Additional considerations for the Certified Computing Professional (CCP) include:

  • All certification holders are required to pay an annual non-refundable fee.