The Payment Card Industry Professional is an individual, entry-level qualification in payment security information and provides you with the tools to build a secure payment environment and help your organization achieve PCI compliance. This renewable career qualification is not affected by changes in employment assignments and stays in effect as long as the individual continues to meet requirements. This three-year credential also provides a great foundation for other PCI qualifications.
Candidates for PCIP qualification must have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an IT or IT related role and must possess a base level of knowledge and awareness of information technology, network security and architecture, and the payment industry.
Refer to the PCIP Qualification Requirements for complete program description and requirements and to confirm that you are well suited for the program.
Next, determine if you’ll be enrolling in:
Then complete the short registration form online ( see step 2).
Upon receipt of payment, you will:
Pass/Fail results are provided immediately following the conclusion of the exam.
Passing candidates will receive a Certificate of Qualification via email and will be added to the Council's website listing of PCI Professionals.
This course outlines the PCI Standards and provides you with the tools to build a secure payments environment and help your organization achieve PCI compliance. Course highlights include:
Prior to taking the PCIP training and/or exam, candidates should familiarize themselves with information regarding the PCI Standards and supporting documents. These materials along with the current version of the PCI DSS may be found in the Document Library.
PCI Professional (PCIP) course content is delivered in these formats:
*PGTN providers are PCI SSC-approved training organizations authorized to deliver PCI course content in a supportive classroom environment in select locations around the world.
This self-paced, six-hour eLearning course offers:
You will receive a link to access the eLearning course. You will have 90 days from the day you receive the link to complete the course and take the exam. You will also receive a separate email from Pearson VUE with credentials and complete instructions on how to schedule your exam.
Engaging and effective, this classroom-style instruction provides:
You have 30 days from the conclusion of the course to take the exam, for which you will also receive a separate email from Pearson VUE with credentials and complete instructions on how to schedule your exam.
In addition to the eLearning format available 24/7, instructor-led classes are available in locations worldwide. These class are delivered by PCI SSC or by an authorized PCI Global Training Network (PGTN) provider.
The qualification exam is administered at a Pearson VUE Test Center. You will have 90 minutes to complete 60 multiple-choice questions. No electronic devices may be used during the closed-book exam.
Scheduling the Exam
Exam Results and Next Steps
There is also an option to by-pass the training component and sit for the exam. If you choose the exam only option, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE and have 30 days from receipt of the email to schedule and complete the exam.
*Note: It is highly recommended that candidates take the optional PCIP eLearning or Instructor-Led Training course prior to taking the qualification exam.Find a Test Center
If you have a group to train, please consider our PCI Professional Corporate Group Training instructor-led option, where an expert PCI instructor comes to your facility (or any location you choose) to deliver the course. We offer volume discounts - the more you train, the more you save.
Get more information on Corporate Group Training option.
In addition to PCI Professional, some of our other popular courses delivered onsite include:
Internal Security Assessors (ISAs) and Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) in good standing may choose to add the individual PCIP qualification to recognize their already proven level of expertise.
This accreditation is available to ISAs and QSAs through registration with PCI SSC. Once you register and pay the opt-in fee you will simply have to complete the online application which includes uploading a signed Attestation and agreeing to the download the Code of Professional Responsibility.
In order to maintain the high standards, set for this qualification, all PCIPs must requalify every three years to continue to maintain their status and be listed on the PCI website.
Requalification requirements help ensure that PCIPs remain current with technical and industry changes and demonstrate professionalism. To maintain active qualification status, PCIPs must:
The Council emails courtesy reminders 90 days in advance of your qualification expiry date. To complete the requalification process, the required CPE hours and a requalification registration must be submitted prior to the expiry date and a passing score must be achieved on the exam no later than 14 days after the expiry date.
“The training provided a background in PCI and gave me better understanding of the various requirements – the highlight was the personal instruction and lively classroom dynamic with the ability to learn from others’ questions.”
“My PCIP qualification positions me as a subject matter expert where I use my understanding of compensating controls, segmentation, and PCI scoping, to provide my clients with innovative solutions that facilitate their PCI compliance.”
“The training around network configuration and monitoring requirements provided an immediate benefit in helping to implement new systems appropriately.”