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Earning CPE Credits To Maintain Your Credentials

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirements

Every board-certified professional with the McAfee Institute has to earn continuing professional’s education (CPE) credits to maintain their M.I. Certifications.

For every online course or certification, you take with the McAfee Institute, you will receive a certificate of completion indicating the title of the program, delivery format, practice area and the number of CPE credits earned. The McAfee Institute is a provider on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors with NASBA.

The purpose of requiring ongoing CPE of our certification holders is to ensure our board-certified professionals remain knowledgeable about the current industry developments. CPE requirements can be fulfilled by attending conference calls, seminars, webinars and industry conventions, and through self-study. You have to keep CPE certificates and attendance files and the McAfee Institute may verify the CPE credit compliances at any time.

It is a significant achievement to qualify and study for a board certification with the McAfee Institute. It’s a tough task to complete and one that should be very proud of upon completion. However, once certification is obtained, you must remain competitive and knowledgeable to bring value to the industry as a leader.

As per the CPE Policies and Guidelines, there are distinct instructions for necessary CPE activities and requirements which you must uphold over the two-year period to your renewal.

There are clear overviews of the various activities that count for CPE credits. Therefore, you must follow proper CPE credit guidelines to accurately calculate your CPE credits. It is important to understand that, to enhance professional development, it is essential to know the types of CPE credits you require and which works can give you CPE Credits on your regular day-to-day performance.

However, you may also earn CPE credits for engaging in exclusive activities or projects in your work-place outside of your regular job profile. These activities must expand your skills and knowledge base.

What is the renewal fee?

The renewal fee is $125 and due every two years from the date of certification.

What are the General CPE Requirements?

To retain your certification, you may have to earn and submit a minimum number of CPE credits every two years, which is how long your certification is valid for.

CECI – 30 CPE Credits
CPCI– 30 CPE Credits
CCIP – 25 CPE Credits
CCII – 20 CPE Credits
SMIA – 15 CPE Credits
CEFI – 15 CPE Credits
CHTI – 25 CPE Credits

CCTA – 25 CPE Credits
CORCI – 20 CPE Credits
CTFI – 25 CPE Credits
WVTS – 18 CPE Credits
CSMIE- 60 CPE Credits
CFHI- 15 CPE Credits 

What Happens if you Fail to Have the Required CPE Credits?

McAfee Institute Certified Professionals must meet minimum CPE Credits and failure to meet these requirements may result in suspension and loss of their certification. The suspension will be lifted only after the minimum annual CPE credits are met. Usually, candidates get a 90-day grace period to earn and submit their required CPE credits. M.I certified professionals have the option to file an appeal if they are decertified.

What CPE Activities Are Available?

CPE credits can be earned by participating in various activities where M.I certified professionals gain experience as well as knowledge. Typically, the work carried out as part of a law enforcement, investigation or intelligence professional in a normal course of the day will not be considered for CPE credits.

M.I. certified professionals should note that if they are attending conferences or receiving training, they can claim CPE credits in the respective categories, whether they were from attendance or from work done on the job.

What are the Types of CPE Credits?

The following general subjects are acceptable as long as they meet other CPE program criteria:

  1. Law Enforcement, Investigations, Fraud
  2. Loss Prevention, Auditing, Inventory Control
  3. Intelligence, Military, DOD
  4. Management and communication (oral and written)
  5. Computer Science, IT Security, Infrastructure
  6. Mathematics, statistics, and quantitative applications in business
  7. Business Law, Legal, Courtroom

Educational Activities Include:

  1. Professional education and development programs, such as seminars and conferences, provided by national, state and local law enforcement, investigations, fraud, loss prevention, auditing, and accounting organizations.
  2. Technical sessions at meetings of national, state, and local auditing accounting organizations, and chapters.
  3. Formal in-house training programs.
  4. Programs of other sponsors (industrial, professional societies, etc.).
  5. College or university credit and non-credit courses passed, except for those courses a student must take to meet the examination requirement of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
  6. Other certification examinations passed.
  7. Formal correspondence and self-study programs are relevant and include evidence of completion.
  1. Oral Presentations

How are CPE Credit Calculated?

CPE credits are calculated as per on the hour basis. Every 1 hour of training equates to .50 credits.

When are the CPE credits due?

CPE credits are due before your certification expires.

What are the best ways to earn CPE credits?

One of the easiest ways to earn CPE is to enroll in additional programs at the McAfee Institute as all of our programs are accredited and issue CPE. That way you know the CPE will count. You can also take additional programs with other accredited eductional institutions as well that issued CPE. 

What are some free ways to earn CPE Credits?

Earning CPE Credits is not always easy. However, you can earn credits by performing simple tasks such as attending meetings and conferences organized by industry associations. The problem is that these conferences and meetings often have associated fees. For professionals who are newly certified, this presents a problem as they may not have difficulty in coming up with the money to attend these conferences and meetings.

The good thing is that there are many free options for earning CPE credits. You have to fully understand the requirements to avoid having your credits rejected.

CPE credit is designed to keep you abreast of the new advancements and developments, as well as to enable you to remain active in the industry. There are, however, clear differences in the strictness of the certifying authorities. Some of them are very rigid, while others may be more permissive.

For example, if your certification requires 40 CPE Credits for the two-year certification cycle, you need just 1.66 hours per month for the entire 24-month period. Therefore, simply clocking 1 hour every a month is enough for you to end up with some surplus and is quite manageable.

Let us go through some of the recognized free methods for earning CPE credits.

One of the simplest ways to earn CPE credits for free is to install some podcast apps on your mobile phones or tablets and then subscribe to several podcasts that are related to your certification. You do not need to go to every podcast URL. Instead, browsing them from your app and listening for only 15 minutes a day for four days will give you one hour a week. Similarly, webcasts are also available, you can do this for up to 5 CPE credits.

It is your responsibility to make sure you are keeping track of them in a spreadsheet. We recommend providing the name of the podcast, the topic, the duration, the date listened to as well as a link to the.MP3 in case you are audited.

Recent Changes in CPE Credits?

CPE policy has undergone some changes in recent years that require you to earn an equal amount of CPE credits every year in a two-year certification cycle. This policy update was done to help you remain current regarding CPE credits on an annual basis, thus making it easier for you to manage the two-year comprehensive certification renewal process. This will ensure that you will not be in a situation where you find yourself significantly lacking CPE credits in the last year of your certification cycle. The new policy went into effect January 1, 2017.

In the current scenario of rapidly increasing cyber threats, continuing education has become a critical aspect of staying updated on the possible avenues of intelligence and investigative concerns. To remain effective, professional’s in law enforcement, intelligence, fraud, and investigations must maintain a continuous learning state.


CPE credits are necessary for every individual in the information security profession to maintain their certification. Earning credits not only helps individuals maintain their certification but also helps them grow as professionals. The CPE credit system is designed to ensure that M.I. certified professionals keep up with the ever-expanding knowledge in the field of intelligence and investigations and thus remain competitive. Earning CPE credits is vital for the professional development of information security professionals. They are indeed making some important investment through CPE activities that will help them grow and shape their careers. It enhances their skills, thereby increasing their value to their employers as well as to their customers.