Certification Exam Policy

Around the world, partners and customers look to EC-Council to deliver the highest quality exams and certifications. EC-Council has developed a number of policies to support the goals of EC-Council certification program, including:

  • Non-Disclosure agreement (NDA).
  • EC-Council Certification Agreement.
  • Security and Integrity Policy.


EC-Council certification program requires candidates to accept the terms of a NDA before taking an exam. The NDA legally requires candidates to keep information related to exam content confidential. Requiring the acceptance of the NDA helps protect the security of EC-Council certification exams and the integrity of the EC-Council certification program by legally discouraging piracy and/or unauthorized use of exam content.

All EC-Council exams, including the content and wording of exam questions, constitute confidential EC-Council information and/or EC-Council copyrights that are protected by intellectual property laws. All candidates must agree to the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which obligates them to maintain the confidentiality of EC-Council exams before they can access an exam. If an individual is caught violating the NDA, the candidate will be subject to action.

The full content of EC-Council NDA can be viewed at https://cert.eccouncil.org/images/doc/NDA-Non-Disclosure-Agreement-v2.0.pdf


Before accessing or using an EC-Council certification program benefit, name, or logo, a candidate is required to accept the terms and conditions of EC-Council Candidate Certification Agreement that is applicable to all EC-Council examinations that a candidate is looking to attempt.

A candidate is also required to agree and adhere to EC-Council Candidate Certification Agreement that is applicable to all EC-Council certifications that a candidate have attained, and his/her participation in the EC-Council certification program, including access and use of any EC-Council certification program benefit, EC-Council certification credential, or any EC-Council certification logo that EC-Council makes available to candidate as part of the certification program.

The full content of EC-Council Certification Agreement could be found in https://cert.eccouncil.org/images/doc/EC-Council-Certification-Agreement-5.0.pdf


EC-Council is devoted in helping candidates succeed in their exams and certification. By communicating policies and providing a clear understanding of what constitutes fraudulent behavior and cheating, EC-Council strives to help candidates avoid negative consequences.

Security Policies

EC-Council has specific policies in place that address the areas of security pertinent to EC-Council exams. These policies have been implemented to help maintain and protect the value of EC-Council certification, the investment that EC-Councils make to achieve certification, and the integrity of confidential EC-Council information and EC-Council intellectual property.

Candidate bans (read more)
Candidate Appeal Process (read more)
Exam Retake Policy (read more)
Testing center closures due to security reasons (read more)
Candidate Retesting at request of EC-Council (read more)
Revoking certifications (read more)
Beta Exam (read more)
Right of Exclusion (read more)