CPE's for FREE.

This is correct:  FREE   

On this page we will maintain a list of online sites where you can get your CPE's for Free.  Below, we use the term CPE's but it includes PDU's,  CEU's, and other terms used by different organizations.

Certification bodies are bombarding you with expensive training offers, seminars, webinars, and others to get your education credit to maintain your certification in good standing.  You don't have to pay, there are TONS of great resources that you can use for free.   This website is one as a starter and then you have others below.


SearchSecurity offers live events, virtual events, magazines such as Information Security Magazine, CIO Magazine, Storage Magazine and more.  Those activities can generate precious CPE's t maintain your certification.

See an example below:

Information Security magazine: Readers of Information Security magazine who successfully complete a brief 10-15 question quiz with a score of 70% or higher will receive 5 CPE credits. Please note: Our current agreement with (ISC)2 only allows for the 5 CPE credits to be earned from Information Security magazine once per calendar year – i.e. as of right now you can only claim 5 CPE credits from Information Security magazine for the 2014 calendar year. Prior to downloading your Information Security magazine to your desktop, the rotating window to the right of the PDF houses the associated CPE quiz (you may need to wait for a few slides to pass before the CPE credit slide appears - but please note that the quiz expires at the end of each issue's designated month).Once you complete the quiz and pass with a 70% or better, you can self-report your 5 CPE credits with (ISC)2. At the end of each month, we will issue you a Certificate of Completion to be used for auditing purposes, should you need to verify your self-reported CPE credits with (ISC)2.

Even thou the web site talks about CPE,  those credit can be applied for CEU's, PDU's or whatever name certification authority are using for Professional Eduction Credits.
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Coursera is one of my preferred site to learn new skills and knowledge while gaining CPE's.  Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.   See below a few example of some of their top notch classes being offered:

Designing and Executing Information Security Strategies       (40 CPE's)

Cryptography I          Standford University  (30 CPE's)
Cryptography II         Standford University  (30 CPE's)

Cryptography           University of Maryland    (40 CPE's)

Computer Security   Stanford and Berkeley University   (20 CPE's)


This is another great site with dozens of FREE classes that are very well organize and presented.

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) was established in 1998 to enhance the capabilities of emergency responders and local officials to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events resulting from natural events, man-made accidents, or terrorist attacks. Congressionally mandated and partially funded by the U.S. Congress, NERRTC was a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). Since its inception, NERRTC has provided local, state, tribal and territorial jurisdictions with high-quality, hands-on, scenario-driven leadership training, exercises, and technical assistance. See a few examples of clsses below:

Information Security for Everyone           (10 CPE's)
Digital Forensics                                      (7 CPE's)
Information Risk Management                 (13 CPE's)
Cyber Incident Analysis & Response       (10 CPE's)
Business Information Continuity               (10 CPE's)



This is another one of my favorite.  There are many courses and they are very well done.  I have listed below  a few examples. I have taken Cryptography myself and greatly enjoyed it, the course is very well done and very well presented by a great professor Mr. David Evans.  Use the FREE courses for your CPE's or pay a little fee to get a certificate as well.  It is a great resource.

See a short list below or visit the website to see dozens of others available.

Applied Cryptography                   University of Virginia
Intro to Artificial Intelligence          Google and Standford University
Intro to Programming                    San Jose State University


EdX is a non-profit created by founding partners Harvard and MIT whose mission is to bring the best of higher education to students of all ages anywhere in the world, wherever there is Internet access. EdX's free online MOOCs are interactive and subjects include computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence.   See a few examples of their course offering below:

Introduction to Linux                                 Linux Foundation (40 CPE's +)
Artificial Intelligence                                 UC Berkeley  (150 CPE's)


MIT Open Courseware  (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.  There are thousands of courses available on the MIT Open Courseware web site.  See a few below:

Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to C++
Network and Computer Security