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  1. A good training provider has a proven track record with many graduated students to prove for it. This makes sure the company is reliable and provides a quality training experience from start to finish.
  2. Look for a continuous line of awards and recognitions in the IT Training market. A good Training provider would have been noticed throughout the years and would have been awarded for their excellence in the field.
  3. Search on the internet for references and reviews by former students. This will give a clear view of what to expect, the quality of the course and what the training provider actually delivers.
  4. This is a boot camp. To ensure success, make sure the course only focusses on the material required to pass the exam. Additional information is great to have, but the purpose of a boot camp is that time is limited, so it is important to keep the focus on the exam topics.
  5. Make sure the price is competitive. For an honest comparison, make sure it includes items such as travel, books, exam fees, catering and accommodation as well.
  6. The provider needs to use up to date material. The exam content changes often and the CISSP bootcamp materials will need to reflect that straight away, if possible, even beforehand. A strong and up to date expertise of the ISC2 Common Body of Knowledge and the exam itself is essential, so choosing a training provider specialised in the IT security field is recommended.
  7. Make sure the provider offers experienced and quality teachers preferably specialised in CISSP certification. This is essential for any training, but due to the large amount of information covered in the CISSP course, it is important a teacher is efficient, understandable and knowledgeable.
  8. Make sure training facilities are of a good standard and they are easily accessible. A bootcamp in a hot, crowded room for a week is not worth saving a few hundred dollars on fees. This is a training course requiring a significant investment of time and resources and it is important to make sure it is taken in a comfortable environment to ensure the highest chance of success.
  9. Sometimes a CISSP bootcamp can be combined with other (online) bootcamps for a reduced cost or even for free. This will not only increase the security knowledge base of the student, it will also make the student stand out from the other CISSP certified people on the market.
  10. Some training providers also offer (live) Online CISSP Bootcamps. This will give more flexibility around scheduling, will save costs and provide a re-­‐sit exam if needed, while still having an online mentor available to assist in case of questions.
  11. Quite often a training provider advertises their pass rate on the website. Although this is not the only indicator of a quality training, it helps with making a good assessment of what quality training they can provide.
  12. The larger bootcamp providers have more frequent classes at more locations. This will make it much easier to find the right bootcamp and make fit it into your day to day schedule.
  13. Check whether the exam voucher is included in the boot camp fees or if a voucher is provided. The exam fees for 2015 are 599 USD, so it is important to consider this in the overall costing.
  14. Look for a pass / re-­‐sit guarantee. Some training providers allow the student to re-­‐sit an exam for free when they do not pass the first time. For the CISSP exam, the cost of an exam is significant.
  15. Consider obtaining and reading a study guide before the bootcamp starts, so you have a basic understanding of the material and you have any questions that came up, ready to go. This will give you a head start during the course and will allow you to focus on other areas.
  16. ISC2 requires 5 years of Professional experience in the 8 CISSP CBK domains. Without this experience, you will become an “associate of ISC2” until the experience requirement is met. Check and update your resume.
  17. Consider the use of additional study material to cover any knowledge gaps you might have. For example, if you struggle with networks, consider CCNA material and if you have difficulties with practical security knowledge, consider CEH material. A good training provider has a wide range of options available.
  18. There will always be a few items that just do not stick. The CISSP CBK covers a lot of information. Make a pile of flashcards and carry them around for a week to help really drill in those items.
  19. Make sure you do not miss out on any updates to the CISSP CPE system. The requirements do occasionally change. The CPE points ensure you keep up to date within the CISSP knowledge areas during the lifetime of your certification.
  20. Ask the right people for your experience reference checks for their assistance and their correct contact details. They will need to complete an “endorsement form” which can be found on the ISC2 website.
  21. There will be hard to follow items within the very broad base of course material for CISSP. Sometimes a different type of information can help. Look for a video or drawing of the subject on the internet for instance. A good teacher can also provide you with additional material if needed.
  22. Not only study the material, study the exam itself as well. The exam is very comprehensive, it takes up to 6 hours and covers 250 questions. This is a mammoth effort to even just sit through. A good bootcamp will cover this topic thoroughly.
  23. Align the exam time and date with the boot camp. Do you want to do it straight after so the topic is fresh, or do you need additional time to study? Do what works for you and discuss the options with the bootcamp provider.
  24. Do not forget the update your CPE’s (including evidence when requested) on the ISC2 member site throughout the year.
  25. Finally, do not forget to place the certification on your resume. Obtaining the CISSP certification will be well worth the financial and time commitments you have invested in order to obtain the most valued IT Security Certification on the market.

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