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Maintaining Various Certifications (CE's + Fees)

Hello TE,

The purpose of this thread is to have a discussion about maintaining various certifications such as CE's and yearly membership fees. I have been so focused on what cert to get next... that I completely forgot about the long-term "consequences" of maintaining these certifications in terms of TIME to obtain CE's and MONEY for yearly membership fees.

My Security+ almost expired in June 2015 but luckily I was able to fulfill the CE's by binging FedVTE (US Government Online Training Program) courses 2 weeks before expiration date. I don't ever want to be in a position like this ever again where I am doing CE's on the last second. Then I passed the CEH in September 2015 and once endorsement is approved I should also have the CISSP in July 2016.

I was thinking to tackle the CISM in September 2016 and then CCSP for Q1 2017. However, now I am debating to spread them out to next year to make it easier to balance CE's for the future? I will be only busier with life in the next coming years with most likely my own family by then, numerous hobbies (YOLO right?) a non-profit I plan to start and some other possible business ventures.

I would love to hear your input, tips, advice, experiences with maintaining multiple certifications. How should one optimize/spread out various certifications? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears like a trap by getting too many certs in a short period of time, in terms of quality of life for spare time spent maintaining numerous certifications. Don't get me wrong, I am a HUGE on learning/growing... I have read 17+ books for 2016 so far but maintenance of these certs seems like it will be almost like a side job in itself.

Appreciate any feedback!

Edit:

I am currently planning a 6 month visionary map and the following letters would indeed look sexy next to my name: CISSP, CISM, CCSP, CEH, Security+, ITIL-F... this would bring more ladies in my bed right? :thumbup:



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