So let’s talk professional goals, the NCMS’ ISP Certification and CDSE's ISOC are great ones to strive for.
1. Begin at the NCMS, ISP Certification information website @ http://www.ncms-isp.org/ISP_Certification/index.asp. If your goal is ISOC certification, begin at the CDSE website.
2. Understand the application process. There are minimum experience requirements that applicants must meet as well as administrative tasks built into the process.
3. Understand the requirements and get a feel of where you are professionally and any gaps you need to breach to bring your knowledge of NISPOM and ISP or ISOC Certification categories to where it needs to be. It’s not necessary to be an expert in all areas or to be able to quote regulations and requirements.
4. The following are some things that you can do to prepare to fill those knowledge gaps:
a. Study the NISPOM and other reference document structure and understand where to find topic related information. Also, become familiar with key industry standard words found in the source documents.
b. Join a study group. There you can study their material, ask questions and get feedback.
c. Find a mentor.
5. Set a date.
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