Online certification opportunities: 4 vendors who offer online certification exams


With most of the workforce working from home these days due to COVID-19, you may be wondering if it is possible to earn a certification or two during this time to validate your information security and IT skills. This, of course, necessitates passing a certification exam, but how can you take this exam while still staying safe with proper social distancing? Good news: there are some certification vendors out there that offer online exams which you can take advantage of while staying inside.

This article will detail four certification vendors that offer online certification exams — Cisco, EC-Council, ISACA and CompTIA. It will explore a little about each vendor, the certifications they offer and important online exam information. If you have ever wanted to know about your options for taking certification exams online, this article is for you.


This list would not be complete without one of the heaviest of all certification hitters, Cisco. They traditionally offer their sought-after certifications through Pearson VUE. 

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco began offering online certification exams with the help of Pearson VUE online proctoring. This option was introduced on April 15, 2020 and as of this writing, no termination date for this online exam option has been announced.

Cisco’s online examinations work by using a combination of live proctors and artificial intelligence such as eye movement tracking and facial recognition to spot security violators during the course of live exams. 

To take a Cisco certification exam online, your system must meet the following requirements:

  • A strong internet connection
  • Access to a private, quiet place
  • Be reliable
  • Have a webcam
  • Have government-issued identification
  • Have OnVUE software installed

All of Cisco’s certifications are available for online proctoring with the following exceptions:

  • CCENT (invitation-only) (ENU, retired)
  • Cisco Certified Design (Read more...)

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