Becoming Certified

Attaining the Social Media Security Certifications not only proves to your employer that you possess verified expertise, but also demonstrates your commitment to furthering the cyber security industry and the dedication to safeguarding critical information in the private and government sector.

There are two options for becoming certified as Social Media Security Professional (SMSP) powered by Comptia.


Attend Official Training and Pass Certification Exam
The expert level instruction you receive in an official training course combined with demonstrations, hands-on labs, daily homework, quizzes and a comprehensive DVD with tools, references and examples is the best way to prepare you for the certification exam. In order to obtain the SMSP certification, you must follow the steps outlined below.

  • Pass the certification exam
    The certification exam may be administered on the last day of training or you can elect to take the exam at a Pearson VUE testing site at a later date. You must obtain a passing score on the certification exam in order to be eligible for the SMSP certification.
  • Fill out an online SMSP Certification Application
    By achieving a passing score on the exam you are not automatically granted the certification. In order to obtain the SMSP certification, you must fill out an online SMSP Certification Application form. This form is to ensure that we have your correct information in order to generate your certificate. You are also required to provide information about the official training course you attended.
  • Application review and certificate
    UKI will review your application within 2-3 weeks of submission. Upon approval of your application, UKI will generate your digital certificate, which will be sent to your email address within five business days from the application approval date. The paper certificate along with a welcome letter will be mailed to you within 8 weeks from the date of approval of your certification application. It is your responsibility to ensure that UKI receives your correct information.
Note: UKI reserves the right to conduct random application audits. If selected for an audit we will contact your official training provider and perform any necessary action to verify your information. Failure to comply with the Application Audit as well as failure to provide necessary records will result in rejection of your certification application or revocation of your certification.

Challenge the Exam without Official Training

You can obtain UKI Certifications by challenging the certification exam without attending an official training. The exam is open to all individuals. The certification will be awarded to those individuals who attain a passing score on the certification exam and fulfill the required work experience criteria. To receive the certification you must submit an online application form as outlined below. The certification process includes the following steps:

  • Pass the certification exam
    The certification exam vouchers are available in the UKI online store.
  • Purchase SMSP Exam Voucher
    The certification exam is administered by Pearson VUE. You will need to contact the Pearson VUE test center of your choice to register for the exam. You can find the list of test center locations on the Pearson VUE website at: www.pearsonvue.com. Your exam scores will be valid for a period of two years. In order to obtain the SMSP certification, you must submit your certification application before the exam score expiration date. For more information about the certification exam, visit Exam Information.
  • Fill out an online SMSP Certification Application
    By achieving a passing score on the exam you are not automatically granted the certification. In order to obtain the SMSP certification, you must fill out an online SMSP Certification Application form. UKI requires you to provide proof of a minimum of one (1) year of cybersecurity work experience in line with the SMSP certification prerequisite requirements. You will need to indicate supervisor(s) who can verify your employment history.
  • Application Review and Certificate
    UKI will review your application within 2-3 weeks of submission. Upon approval of your application, UKI will generate your digital certificate, which will be sent to your email address within five business days from the application approval date. The paper certificate along with a welcome letter will be mailed to you within 8 weeks from the date of approval of your certification application. It is your responsibility to ensure that UKI receives your correct information.
Note: UKI reserves the right to conduct random application audits. If selected for an audit we will contact your employer(s) and perform any necessary action to verify your information. Failure to comply with the Application Audit as well as failure to provide necessary records will result in rejection of your certification application or revocation of your certification.

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