MYTHS BUSTED! Know the Truth about CISSP and CCSP Training

Written by: (ISC)²
Published on: 24 Feb 2022

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When it comes to deciding on a training provider, it can be difficult to separate myth from reality. (ISC)² CISSP and CCSP certifications are highly regarded in cybersecurity, and countless training companies offer exam prep. But not all training providers are equally qualified to get you ready for exam day. Let’s look at some common myths about training — and bust them!

TRAINING MYTH #1: 
Any training company offering CISSP or CCSP exam prep is endorsed by (ISC)² .

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The fact is, only Official Training from (ISC)²  or an Official  (ISC)² Training Partner guarantees the most relevant, up-to-date courseware, developed by (ISC)²  and delivered by an Authorized Instructor. Authorized Instructors are verified security experts who have gone through a rigorous training and authorization process to teach (ISC)² official courseware.

TRAINING MYTH #2: 
Any training company can provide your CISSP and CCSP certification exam vouchers.

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They may say they can bundle your exam vouchers and training together, but the fact is, unauthorized companies do not have access to (ISC)² exam vouchers. Only (ISC)² and Official (ISC)²  Training Partners can conveniently bundle your exam vouchers and training. Also know that unauthorized organizations will never ask for your Pearson VUE credentials — doing so violates the terms of the (ISC)²  Non-Disclosure Agreement and puts your certification or exam qualification at risk. 

TRAINING MYTH #3: 
Training companies can legitimately guarantee pass rates for CISSP and CCSP certification exams.

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Trainers promising 90% pass rates or to “teach the exam” are being dishonest. The CISSP and CCSP certification exams are rigorous and updated regularly to reflect the constant changes in cybersecurity — no company is able to prepare candidates for the exact items. Also know that any pass-rate claims you read are false —  (ISC)² never provides that information to training providers. 

TRAINING MYTH #4: 
All training companies teach the most current domains covered on the CISSP and CCSP exams.

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As trends in cybersecurity evolve and needs change, the (ISC)² Common Body of Knowledge (CBK®) and courseware are regularly updated. Candidates are assured Official  (ISC)² Training is always current and aligns with the latest exam outline, the source of exam content. 

TRAINING MYTH #5: 
All instructors are equally qualified to provide CISSP and CCSP training.

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Make sure your provider offers training from (ISC)²  Authorized Instructors, who are experts averaging 15 to 20 years of industry experience. Authorized Instructors hold the credential they teach and undergo a rigorous onboarding process to teach Official (ISC)² Courseware. 

TRAINING MYTH #6: 
Passing the CISSP or CCSP exam is the most important thing.

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(ISC)² is available to help candidates prepare for the exam, but they never lose sight of the bigger picture: inspiring a safe and secure cyberworld and developing professionals who can better secure organizations.

When selecting a training provider for CISSP and CCSP, know exactly who you’re dealing with. Choose an Official  (ISC)² Training Partner to protect your investment. 

Unsure about a training provider’s status? Look for one of these badges that identify (ISC)²  Official Training Partners: