Who is it for?

Security professionals looking to understand the technical and business aspects of the profession or anyone looking to work in the field of security architecture.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements however, candidates will require an understanding of information assurance. It's recommended that candidates attend a BCS accredited training course.

What will I learn?

Candidates should be able to:

  • Describe the business environment and the information risks that apply to the systems.
  • Describe and apply security design principles.
  • Identify information risks that arise from potential solution architectures.
  • Design alternate architectures or countermeasures to mitigate identified information risks.
  • Ensure that proposed architectures and countermeasures adequately mitigate identified information risks.
  • Apply ‘standard’ security techniques and architectures to mitigate security risks.
  • Develop new architectures that mitigate the risks posed by new technologies and business practices.
  • Provide consultancy and advice to explain Information Assurance and architectural problems.
  • Security configure ICT systems in compliance with their approved security architectures.

The syllabus includes training objectives, details of modules and learning hours:

Download our latest syllabus (PDF)

Please note: This certificate is currently being refreshed and will be available to sit at the end of November 2021.

How do I get this qualification?

Training and exam (recommended)

Take this course with one of our accredited training providers.

How long will it take?

Classroom courses normally last five days.

Where can I study?

At a BCS accredited training provider near you.

How much does it cost?

Course prices vary depending on your chosen training provider and course format.

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Exam only (self study)

Ideal if you’re self-motivated and already know something about information assurance.

How long will it take?

It usually takes a minimum of 40 hours to prepare for the exam.

Where do I sit my exam?

At the BCS London office. NB. we are not offering any exam sittings via our London office at the moment.

How much does it cost?

Exam price: £222 (£185.00 + VAT)

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What format is the exam?

  • Two hour ‘closed book’ scenario based examination:

    • Part A: 60 multiple choice questions (1 mark each)
    • Part B: 25 scenario based multiple choice questions (65 marks available)
  • Pass mark is 81/125 (65%).

Download specimen paper (PDF)

Download answer key (PDF)

What's next?

CCP assured service

If you work or are considering working in a cyber security / information assurance role, we run a Certified Cyber Professional (CCP) assured service.

This qualification is not regulated by the following United Kingdom Regulators - Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, CCEA Regulation or SQA.