Code of Ethics
For the provision of exams
(Aligned to ISO/IEC17024 General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons).
- Candidates are expected to conduct themselves with the highest levels of honesty and integrity during examination and reminded that TCS have provision in place to deter dishonesty.
- Exams are conducted using TCS owned and managed platforms.
- Candidates will be observed during their assessments by Assessors and/or Invigilators.
- For ‘closed book’ exams – phones/tablets and other mobile devices are not permitted in the assessment centre.
- Candidates are expected maintain exam integrity and ethics by never releasing confidential examination materials or participate in fraudulent test-taking practices.
- Giving coaching to any person who is to sit a Cyber Scheme exam within 2 years of having sat the same exam yourself.
- Receiving coaching from a person who has sat a Cyber Scheme exam within 2 years of having sat the same exam.
A breach of this Code may lead to sanctions being applied, which may include, but are not limited to:
- Assessments being immediately stopped and voided.
- Any assessment awards could be either being withheld or revoked.
- Revocation of any certification held by an individual with notification being given to the NCSC.
The Cyber Scheme reserve the right to wipe the hard drives of candidates at the end of an assessment, should a breach be proven. Any loss of personal or business data as a result of that is the responsibility of the candidate.
For the provision of training
Training is an integral part of career development for technical cyber security practitioners and The Cyber Scheme (“TCS”) operates within the framework and guidelines of ISO 17024 and the NCSC CHECK examinations contract.
To ensure that we operate within these guidelines this code of conduct details the rules under which we will provide training.
1. Any training courses that we provide will cover a range of topics and subject matter expertise that encompass the role specifically as opposed to any specific exam. Therefore, the syllabus and learning outcomes for our training will be applicable across several examination formats.
2. Whilst The Cyber Scheme provides examinations for NCSC CHECK none of our training is specific to these examination formats / syllabuses, but rather as part of ongoing professional career development.
3. Any candidate attending our training it will be noted by The Cyber Scheme which trainer provided the candidate’s training, and that trainer will be precluded from undertaking any examination of the candidate at practitioner or advanced level for a minimum period of two years.
4. The Cyber Scheme will use its own internal employees to conduct training. This applies to both CTM and CTL.
Ongoing Professional Development
At the end of the course candidates will be provided with a list of topic areas which require further knowledge or improvement. These areas of improvement do not map directly into any examinations format but are provided as a guide across technical disciplines.