Become an Assessor

Become an Assessor

We licence the delivery of Cyber Essentials (basic and PLUS) assessments and IASME governance assessments (including GDPR readiness) to a number of highly professional companies. These companies are known as Certification Bodies. Each assessor within those Certification Bodies must go through training and pass the relevant assessments and exams.

IASME Assessor roles

The following assessor roles are recognised by IASME but one person can take on as many of these roles as they want.  One person can assess against all of these roles or just one.  The only limitation is that you also need to be a Cyber Essentials basic assessor if you want to be an IASME Governance assessor.

  • Cyber Essentials (basic) assessor
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS assessor
  • IASME Governance assessor

Each of these roles require a one day training course. The training for Cyber Essentials (basic) and IASME Governance assessors is via in-person classroom based training and the Cyber Essentials PLUS is delivered remotely.

The costs are still being determined but are likely to be in the region of:

  • Cyber Essentials (basic) training - £800 (includes the cost of Cyber Essentials certification)
  • IASME Governance training - £700 (includes the cost of IASME Governance basic and audited certification)
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS training - £500

For individuals who already are Cyber Essentials assessors but want to become an IASME Governance assessor they only need attend the IASME Governance training day but the cost for that day would be £950 which would include the cost of IASME Governance basic and audited certification.

Cyber Essentials Assessor Course

To become a basic level Cyber Essentials Assessor, you will first need to have 3 years’ experience in IT or Security and also pass the free Assessor Skills exam unless you already hold one of these qualifications:

  • CISSP
  • CISM
  • Certified Professional (CCP) SIRA, IA Auditor or IA Architect roles at Practitioner-equivalent level or above
  • ISO27001 Lead Auditor

You will then need to attend and complete the one day Cyber Essentials course and pass the exam.  As part of this course, and included in the cost, your company will complete the Cyber Essentials verified self-assessment.

After passing this course, you will be qualified to assess against Cyber Essentials (basic).

If you need to pass the Assessor Skills exam then please contact us and we will send you the details.

IASME Assessor Course

To become an IASME Governance Assessor, you will first need to have 3 years’ experience in IT or Security and also pass the free Assessor Skills exam unless you already hold one of these qualifications:

  • CISSP
  • CISM
  • Certified Professional (CCP) SIRA, IA Auditor or IA Architect roles at Practitioner-equivalent level or above
  • ISO27001 Lead Auditor

You will then need to attend and complete the one day IASME Governance Assessor course and pass the exam.   As part of this course, and included in the cost, your company will complete the Cyber Essentials and IASME governance verified self assessment and also have an on-site audit against the IASME Governance standard.

After passing this course you will be paired up with another trainee Certification Body and you will need to conduct a mutual on-site governance audit.  After you have completed this and successfully been certified by your partner trainee, you will be qualified to assess against Cyber Essentials (basic) and the IASME Governance standard (basic and audited), including the GDPR requirements.

If you need to pass the Assessor Skills exam then please contact us and we will send you the details.

Cyber Essentials PLUS Assessor course

If you want to assess against Cyber Essentials PLUS you need to already have 3 years experience in IT or Security and at least one Lead Assessor in each Certification Body must also hold one of these qualifications:

  • CREST Registered Penetration Tester
  • CREST Certified Infrastructure Tester
  • Cyber Scheme Team Member (CSTM)
  • Cyber Scheme Team Leader (CSTL)
  • EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA): Penetration Testing practical
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
  • TigerScheme Team Member (CTM/QSTM)
  • TigerScheme Team Leader (CTL/SST)

All other CE+ assessors within the same Certification Body will be required to have at least 3 years experience in IT or Cyber Security and also hold a vulnerability qualification. The details of the acceptable qualifications are still being discussed between IASME and NCSC. As we are getting closer to the launch date of the revised scheme, it has been agreed that, for the first 6 months of the revised scheme (until September 2020), it will be acceptable for CE+ assessors to have one of the qualifications listed below. This is an interim measure until the CE+ assessor requirements are finalised. The qualifications listed in the category below are likely to change before September 2020 and any CE+ assessors will have to meet the agreed requirements to assess to CE+.

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) - GCHQ-certified
  • Tranchulas Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPTP) - GCHQ-certified
  • 7Safe Certified Security Testing Associate (CSTA) - GCHQ-certified
  • Learning Tree Penetration Testing training - GCHQ-certified
  • QA Advanced Infrastructure Hacking training - GCHQ-certified
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • IASME Technical Cyber Audit training - GCHQ-certified
  • CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA)

We apologise for the uncertainly in this area and aim to get details of the qualifications required after September 2020 as soon as possible.

All Cyber Essentials PLUS assessors will then need to take part in and pass the online Cyber Essentials PLUS training course.

You will also need to attain Cyber Essentials PLUS certification for your company. We encourage the attendees on the course who pass to pair up and assess each other against Cyber Essentials PLUS once they have become Certification Bodies.

Contract

Once the Assessor has successfully completed the training, gained the relevant certification and passed the exams / assessments the company they work for can become a Certification Body. All Certification Bodies need to sign and return the associated contract.

All Certification Bodies have to show they meet both security and quality requirements.  They can do this by holding one of these security certifications

  • Achieving UKAS-accredited ISO 27001 certification
  • Achieving audited IASME Governance Gold certification

They also need to hold one of these quality requirements:

  • Achieving UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification
  • Achieving a compliant mark on all of the IASME Governance Quality Principles as part of a successful IASME Governance Gold certification
  • Achieving the QG Quality Fundamentals+ certification

An indication of all the costs will be published soon.

If your company is interested in becoming a Certification Body please contact us. Your professionalism, expertise and attitude is more important to us than size and we are happy to licence to companies of all sizes.