1. Why is EC-Council implementing a membership fee?

To continue the development and value of EC-Council certification credentials, as well as the continued support of its membership community, EC-Council has implemented a plan that requires the annual payment of certification maintenance fees inline with standard industry practices.

2. What benefits does a certified member enjoy?

Membership benefits can be found here.

3. Are all certified members required to pay the membership fee?

Yes, All certified members are required to pay the annual membership fee. This includes CCISO, CAST, LPTs and all other EC-Council certified members.

4. When will members be expected to make their first payment?

Scenario 1
Members certified prior to January 1st 2016 will not be charged a membership fee for their current cycle, The membership fee cycle will be only begin once they are recertified and their due date will be at the end of that annual cycle.

Scenario 2
Members certified from January 1st 2016 and onwards will start their membership fee cycle 1 month from date of certification earned and their due date will be at the end of that annual cycle.
Eg: A member certified on February 25th 2016 will have to pay his annual membership fee before Feb 28th 2017.

Scenario 3
Members that are certified prior to January 1st 2016 but earns a new certification post December 31st 2015 – their membership fee due date will be reset as per the latest earned certificate. (as per scenario 2)

Note: LPT and/or CCISO members will be required to pay the annual membership fee for both these certifications per the LPT and CCISO membership fee requirements. LPT and CCISO certified members are not required to pay any other annual membership fees.

5. I own a CCISO and/or LPT certification; Do I still need to pay an additional membership fee for my other EC-Council credentials?

Members holding the CCISO or LPT certification will continue to pay their respective annual membership fee towards these certifications only; there will be no additional membership fee applicable to these members for any other EC-Council credentials.

6. I hold both CCISO and LPT certifications; Do I need to pay the membership fee for each individually?


7. What membership fee am I liable for if I choose to retire my CCISO and/or my LPT credentials?

Members that choose to retire their CCISO and/or their LPT credentials shall only be liable to pay for the basic membership fee of USD $80 or USD $20 respectively only if the members intend to maintain their other EC-Council certification credentials.

8. How can I pay the annual membership fee?

Annual membership fees are payable in the member’s Aspen account, certificate area. You will see instructions on how you can pay here if your membership fee is due.

9. What mode of payment is accepted?

Membership fees can only be paid via credit card
Note: Online bank transfers are not accepted at this point of time.

10. I have more than one EC-Council certification; do I need to pay per certification?

Membership fees are charged by membership and not by number of certifications held; you will only need to pay a single membership fee as indicated in the members Aspen account.

11. Will I be requested to pay multiple annual membership fees, if I own more than one account in Aspen?

Certified members should not hold multiple Aspen accounts. Should this not be the case, you are advised to merge your Aspen account. This can be done by writing to us at [email protected].

Certified members are required to pay only one annual membership fee for all their EC-Council certification credentials (except CCISO and LPT, please see question 4 above)

12. What is the Membership Fee?

For certified members who hold certifications that require continuing education, the annual membership fee is USD $80 for all certifications with prefix 212 ,312,412, 512 and all CAST certifications (with the exceptions of the C|CISO and LPT credentials).

For certified members who do not hold certifications that require continuing education, the annual membership fee is USD $20 for all certifications with prefix 112

13. Does the existence of a continuing education requirement affect the membership fee that I pay?

No. Membership fees are charged according to the ECE relevant certification at USD80 or USD$20 annually, regardless of any continuing education requirements.

14. Will I be automatically recertified for the next certification cycle (3 years) if I pay the annual membership fee?

No, Recertification is subject to fulfilling the criteria under the ECE policy AND the payment of the annual membership fee as listed at https://cert.eccouncil.org/ece-policy.html

15. Will I be required to pay the annual membership fee if my certifications are revoked and retired?

The annual membership fee is subject to a minimum of one active certification earned by a member.

Note: In a situation where a member loses his ECE certification due to revocation, but still holds a NON ECE relevant certification, his annual membership fee will be USD 20 in the next and subsequent membership maintenance fee cycle.

16. Who can I contact if I have more questions about the annual membership fee?

Please send your questions to [email protected] along with your Aspen account id details so we can help you with your questions.