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The CVP Certification Exam

The Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) is a joint effort between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) to validate cryptographic modules to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules and other FIPS cryptography based standards. The Cryptographic Validation Program (CVP) Certification Exam ensures that Cryptographic and Security Testing (CST) laboratory approved signatories and testers demonstrate technical and programmatic proficiency in a common set of competencies.

CVP Certification

To become a Cryptographic Validation Program (CVP) Certified Tester, a score of 75% or greater is required on the CVP Certification Exam. Results are provided to individuals immediately upon completion of the exam. At the beginning of each month, CMVP will issue certification numbers to individuals who achieve a passing score on the exam. To maintain your certification, you must pass the CVP Certification Exam every 2 years based on the date on your certification notice from CMVP.

The CVP Certification is an individual certification and follows the individual if the individual chooses to move from one National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) laboratory to another.

CVP Certification Exam

The exam questions are focus only on the FIPS approved mode of operation. Click here for a list of the content areas. CMVP will authorize candidates for 2 attempts within a 6-month period with a minimum of 60 days between the 2 attempts. Candidates are allotted 4 hours to complete the exam. The duration includes any breaks the candidate choses to take.

Eligibility Requirements

The following personnel are eligible to register for the CVP Certification Exam

  • Approved signatories employed by a NVLAP accredited Cryptographic and Security Testing (CST) laboratory
  • Testers employed by an NVLAP accredited CST laboratory

All NVLAP accredited laboratories are required to have at least 2 CVP Certified Testers to perform CST activities on cryptographic modules.

Testers who are not CVP certified (e.g. testers in training) are required to have oversight of their testing activities by a CVP Certified Tester.

Contact NIST CMVP, if you have questions about your eligibility.

CVP Certification Exam Registration Process

You are required to complete the following actions in order to participate in the CVP Certification Exam.

  • Notify the point of contact (POC) of your NVLAP accredited laboratory of your intent to participate in the CVP Certification Exam.
  • Your POC coordinates with NIST CMVP to authorize you for the certification exam.
  • You will receive an authorization email from Pearson VUE to create a Pearson VUE account.
  • Once you create your account, register for the exam and pay the exam fee.

CVP Certification Exam Payment

The cost of the exam is $400.00. The exam fee can be paid by the individual or by the laboratory (on behalf of the individual) directly to Pearson VUE. The exam fee is not associated with the NVLAP admin/tech support fee or the onsite fee and will not be collected by NVLAP. Laboratories may obtain pre-paid vouchers to provide to candidates in place of or in conjunction with other forms of payment. Vouchers expire one year from the date they are issued and are non-refundable and non-extendable. Visit the voucher page for more information about payment options including vouchers.

Last updated 2017-06-29