The NERC CIP certification programs can be awarded certification credentials to those individuals who have successfully completed any one of the four certifications conducted by NERC. If the individuals acquire enough knowledge in NERC reliability standards and basic principles in bulk power system operation, the certifications will be awarded.
For applying an exam, every applicant have to open an account in NERC SOCCED. In this login database website applications are accepted all round the year. After the approval of request from NERC SOCCED an e-mail is sent to the applicant with the authorization number and further instruction within 36 hours. Exam fees for this test must be paid by the applicant with the approval request.
The authorization number issued by NERC SOCCED is valid for one year from the date the authorization number is issued. This authorization code can only be used for a single occasion.
For scheduling the exam, the authorization code is required which is generated from NERC. After the approval of the authorization request an email is sent to the applicant with authorization to test number. After all these formalities the applicant can book a slot in prometric websute for examination depending upon the choice of availability of slots.