Online NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification Exams are now available for LRS NCSF Training courses. All questions on the exams were created based on slides and/or courseware content from the LRS NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) Training course that students attend with us.

The online exams are hosted through the LRS NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification Portal. Candidates receive a certificate for a passing score and a skills-gap document within the portal after completing their exam.


Exam Details

Students must send an email to getsmart@lrs.com within 90 days of completing their course to be provided with login credentials for the exam included with their class.  Exams are non-transferrable.

The online exam does not prevent access to other resources on candidate's local computer or online. Candidates are allowed to use such resources while taking the exam. Please note the time limit for each exam. If the time expires before the candidate can complete the exam, all unanswered questions will be scored as incorrect.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Foundation Certification Exam

  • 40 questions total
  • 45 minutes
  • 70% pass (28 correct)

Foundation Domains

  • The Basics of Cybersecurity: 10% (4 questions)
  • A Holistic Study of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: 15% (6 questions)
  • Cybersecurity Activities: The Framework Core: 25% (10 questions)
  • Risk Management Considerations: Framework Implementation Tiers: 20% (8 questions)
  • Current and Desired Outcomes: Framework Profiles: 10% (4 questions)
  • A Primer on the Seven Step Implementation Process: 20% (8 questions)

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner Certification Exam

  • 80 questions total
  • 90 minutes
  • 70% pass (56 correct)

Practitioner Domains

  • The Components of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: 20% (16 questions)
  • Risk Management in the NIST CSF and NIST RMF: 20% (16 questions)
  • Real World Attacks: 10% (8 questions)
  • Defense in Depth and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: 20% (16 questions)
  • Assessing Cybersecurity in the Subcategories: 5% (4 questions)
  • Creating a Written Information Security Program: 5% (4 questions)
  • A Practitioner’s Deep Dive into Creating or Improving a Cybersecurity Program: 15% (12 questions)
  • Continuous Cybersecurity Improvement: 5% (4 questions)

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Bootcamp Certification Exam

  • 100 questions total
  • 120 minutes
  • 70% pass (70 correct)

Foundation Domains on Bootcamp Exam

  • The Basics of Cybersecurity: 3% (3 questions)
  • A Holistic Study of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: 5% (5 questions)
  • Cybersecurity Activities: The Framework Core: 9% (9 questions)
  • Risk Management Considerations: Framework Implementation Tiers: 7% (7 questions)
  • Current and Desired Outcomes: Framework Profiles: 3% (3 questions)
  • A Primer on the Seven Step Implementation Process: 7% (7 questions)

Practitioner Domains on Bootcamp Exam

  • The Components of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: 13% (13 questions)
  • Risk Management in the NIST CSF and NIST RMF: 13% (13 questions)
  • Real World Attacks: 7% (7 questions)
  • Defense in Depth and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework: 13% (13 questions)
  • Assessing Cybersecurity in the Subcategories: 3% (3 questions)
  • Creating a Written Information Security Program: 3% (3 questions)
  • A Practitioner’s Deep Dive into Creating or Improving a Cybersecurity Program: 11% (11 questions)
  • Continuous Cybersecurity Improvement: 3% (3 questions)

LRS Retake Policy

In the event that the candidate fails the first (1st) attempt to pass any LRS NIST CSF certification examination, LRS does not require a waiting period between the first (1st) and second (2nd) attempt to pass the same examination.

LRS offers one free re-test on any LRS NIST Cybersecurity Framework examination. Candidates must pay the exam fee for each attempt after the second (2nd) attempt as follows.

$100 NIST Cybersecurity Framework Foundation Certification Exam
$125 NIST Cybersecurity Framework Practitioner Certification Exam
$150 NIST Cybersecurity Framework Bootcamp Certification Exam