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PCI Professional (PCIP)™ Qualification

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.

Registration Process

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.

Step 1 - Review

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:

  • the eLearning training course
  • an Instructor-Led Training (delivered by PCI SSC or by a PGTN provider)
  • the exam-only option

Then complete the short registration form online ( see step 2).

Step 2 - Apply

  • Submit PCIP registration form
  • Once we receive your registration, we will supply you with log-in credentials to complete your online application.
    • Access PCIP online application through PCI SSC’s secure portal: https://programs.pcissc.org
    • Complete PCIP application (Note: Attestation name, signature and date must be hand written)
  • Applicants will be notified via email of their application status within 2 days of submitting their fully completed application.
  • Following the approval of application, a training invoice will be emailed within 2-3 business days
    • For Training delivered by a PGTN Provider, the invoice shall be issued by the PGTN Provider.
  • Submit payment

Step 3 - Train

Upon receipt of payment, you will:

  • For those taking eLearning training and exam:
    • 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.
  • For those taking an instructor-led class (via PCI SSC or a PGTN provider):
    • Receive an email from provider confirming your seat in the class, the class location and further instructions
    • Receive an email containing instructions and credentials for scheduling your exam at a Pearson VUE test center
    • Have 30 days from the class date to sit for the exam
  • For those taking 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.

Step 4 - Enrollment

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.

Course Details

Benefits
  • Support your organization’s or client’s ongoing security and compliance efforts through your knowledge of how to apply PCI Standards
  • Gain recognition of your professional achievement with this renewable three-year industry credential
  • Become part of a PCIP community where knowledge and best practices can be shared
  • Launch your career in the payments industry with a competitive advantage
  • Listing in a searchable directory on the PCI website
  • Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits
Overview

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:

  • Principles of PCI DSS, PA-DSS, PCI PTS, and PCI P2PE Standards
  • Understanding of PCI DSS requirements and intent
  • Overview of basic payment industry terminology
  • Understanding the transaction flow
  • Implementing a risk-based prioritized approach
  • Appropriate uses of compensating controls
  • Working with third-parties and service providers
  • How and when to use Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQs)
  • Recognizing how new technologies affect the PCI (e.g. virtualization, tokenization, mobile, cloud)
How to Prepare

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.

Training Formats

PCI Professional (PCIP) course content is delivered in these formats:

  • Self-paced, online eLearning
  • Scheduled, instructor-led classes
    Delivered by PCI trainer or an authorized PCI Global Training Network (PGTN*) provider
  • Hosted one-day Corporate Group Training class held at your chosen location

*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.

eLearning:

This self-paced, six-hour eLearning course offers:

  • Flexible scheduling 24/7/365
  • Learn from your home or office
  • Reduced travel costs and time away from work
  • Provides individuals in any country an opportunity to train for and take the exam at their convenience and at a location close to home or work.

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.

Instructor-led:

Engaging and effective, this classroom-style instruction provides:

  • Ability to focus on curriculum in classroom setting
  • Learn directly from an authorized PGTN trainer
  • Interaction with instructor and fellow classmates

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.

Class Schedule
Upcoming Courses

In addition to the eLearning format available 24/7, instructor-led classes are available in locations worldwide.

2017 Classes for New PCIP Professionals
Date
Location
Time
Participating Organization
Non Participating
Date: 11 SEP
Location: ORLANDO, FL
Time: 09:00-17:30
Participating Organization: $1495
Non Participating: $2395
Date: 23 OCT
Location:: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Time: 09:00-17:30
Participating Organization: $1495
Non Participating: $2395
Exam

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

  • All scheduling/rescheduling is done via Pearson VUE’s online scheduling system – you select the test location, date and time most convenient for you.
  • You will receive an email containing Instructions and a voucher to schedule your exam within 2-3 business days of payment processing.
  • If you choose the Exam-only or instructor-led class option, the exam must be completed within a 30 day test window.
  • If you choose the eLearning Course, the exam must be completed within a 90 days test window.

Exam Results and Next Steps

  • Pass/Fail results are provided immediately following the conclusion of your exam.
  • Passing candidates will receive a Certificate of Qualification via email within 2-3 business days.
  • If a passing score is not achieved, a total of three (3) attempts are permitted (a retake fee will apply). After three failed attempts a six month waiting period must be observed before you can re-apply to the program as a new candidate.
EXAM ONLY OPTION

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.

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Prices – PCI eLearning or Instructor-led

Fee Category
Non-Participating Organization
Participating Organization
Fee Category PCIP Training Course - includes access to course and ability to take the exam once – also includes first three years of qualification, account maintenance and listing.
Non-Participating Organization: $2395 USD**
Participating Organization**: $1495 USD**
Fee Category PCIP Exam ONLY – for those who opt not to take the training course. This allows access to take the exam once – also includes first three years of qualification, account maintenance and listing.
Non-Participating Organization: $1495 USD**
Participating Organization**: $850 USD**
Fee Category PCIP Exam Retake Fee
Non-Participating Organization: $150 USD**
Participating Organization**: $150 USD**
Fee Category Requalification Fee - assessed after the first three year period and every three years thereafter (includes training and exam)
Non-Participating Organization: $250 USD**
Participating Organization**: $250 USD**
Fee Category Requalification Fee - assessed after the first three year period and every three years thereafter (exam only)
Non-Participating Organization: $150 USD**
Participating Organization**: $150 USD**
Fee Category QSA & ISA Initial Opt-In Fee (includes first three years of qualification, account maintenance and listing)
Non-Participating Organization: $250 USD**
Participating Organization**: $250 USD**
Fee Category QSA & ISA Requalification Fee - assessed after the first three year period and every three years thereafter
Non-Participating Organization: $150 USD**
Participating Organization**: $150 USD**
Please note: Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in US Dollars. All course fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. Payment is required prior to beginning the course. Course conducted in English. Examination delivered in English.

Prices - PCI Global Training Network (PGTN)

Group Training Option

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.

  • In a one-day class (9:00 – 17:00), your team will have the benefit of learning directly from a PCI SSC seasoned instructor. (Many companies hold this training in conjunction with a corporate meeting or member event, thereby maximizing time and travel budget.)
  • The on-site "classroom" environment offers collaboration with teammates in a supportive, focused setting which allows your team to get the most out of the training content.
  • Computer based, closed-book exam taken at a PearsonVUE testing center within 30 days of the date of training
    • Attendees will receive credentials and instructions for scheduling their exam at PearsonVUE.
  • Perhaps your team is at different experience levels. The Council will be pleased to provide a “combination package” for your training event. Let us know your training needs and we will customize the training event to the size of your group and specific experience levels.
    • For example, you may have 35 people to get trained across three class levels - 15 at the Awareness level, 10 at the PCIP level, and 10 at the ISA level - we can tailor the training event to meet your needs.

Get more information on Corporate Group Training option.

In addition to PCI Professional, some of our other popular courses delivered onsite include:

ISA/QSA Opt-in

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.

Requalification Requirements

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:

  • Abide by the PCI SSC Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Meet the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirement of 10 CPE hours per year and 30 CPE hours over a rolling three year period
    • Download the CPE Maintenance Guide
    • Training provided by PCI SSC will count towards the annual CPE hours
  • Achieve a passing score on the requalification exam (or maintain QSA employee or ISA qualification in good standing)

Requalification Process

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.

  • For your convenience, CPE hours can be tracked and stored in the PCI portal at any time
  • Once the required number of CPE hours has been recorded, select a requalification option and submit your registration
    • Two options are available: requalification training and exam or requalification exam only
  • An invoice will be emailed within 2-3 business days
  • You will receive an email containing instructions and credentials to complete the requalification exam within 2 business days of payment processing
  • Once you successfully pass the exam, a new certificate will be emailed and you’ll be listed on the PCI website as a PCI Professional for another three years

Right for you?

If you have experience in any of these areas, consider the PCIP Qualification:
  • Security/Technology
  • Compliance/Risk/Governance
  • Audit/Finance
  • e-Commerce
  • Product Development, Marketing or Sales (develop or sell payments-oriented products)

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