Secure Software Lifecycle Assessor


The Secure Software Lifecyle (Secure SLC) Assessor course provides instruction on how to perform assessments of entities in accordance with the Secure Software Lifecycle (Secure SLC) Requirements and Assessment Procedures (PCI Secure SLC Standard). This training will provide you with an understanding of the requirements with corresponding assessment procedures and guidance for payment software vendors to design, develop, and maintain secure payment software throughout the software lifecycle.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to conduct Secure SLC Assessments, validate and attest to an entity’s compliance with the Secure SLC Standard and prepare appropriate compliance reports (such as Secure SLC Reports on Compliance (ROC)).

Course Highlights

The PCI Secure SLC Standard provides a set of security requirements as well as assessment procedures for performing PCI Secure SLC Assessments. 

Existing PCI SSC qualified QSAs are eligible for a modified training requirement to transition to become Secure SLC Assessors. In addition to meeting the SSF Qualification Requirements for Assessors, QSAs may complete computer-based training (CBT) and the corresponding exam, instead of instructor-led training required for new assessors.

The Secure SLC Assessor training covers the PCI Secure Software Lifecycle (Secure SLC) Requirements and Assessment Procedures (PCI Secure SLC Standard). Candidates will learn how to:

  • Perform Secure SLC Assessments.
  • Verify the work product addresses all Secure SLC Assessment procedure steps and supports the validation status of the Vendor.
  • Strictly follow the PCI Secure SLC Standard and Secure SLC Program Guide.
  • Effectively use the PCI Secure SLC ROC Reporting Template to produce Secure SLC Reports on Compliance (Secure SLC ROCs).
  • Validate and attest to an entity’s compliance with the Secure SLC Standard.
  • Learn how to complete the Secure SLC ROC and Secure SLC AOC (Attestation of Compliance) documentation required for submission of completed assessments.


  • Support your client’s ongoing security and compliance efforts through your knowledge of the Secure SLC Standard.
  • Gain recognition of your professional achievement with this industry credential.
  • Expand your knowledge in securing payments with in-depth secure software life cycle training.
  • Listing in a searchable directory on the PCI website.
  • Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

Right for You?

If you possess substantial information security knowledge and experience to conduct technically complex security assessments along with the requisite years of experience in these areas, consider the Secure SLC Assessor qualification:

  • Software/Systems Design
  • Programming/Software Development
  • Software/Systems Testing Security risk assessment
  • System/software security controls selection
  • Security architecture
  • Systems/software penetration testing
  • Threat & vulnerability detection and management
  • Incident detection and response
  • Cryptography and Key Management

Please contact your organization’s Secure Software Primary Contact to enroll in the Secure Software SLC program.

Digital Badging

When you become a Secure Software Lifecycle Assessor, display your digital badge and represent your skills and gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time.


  • 20 Aug 2024

    09:00-17:30 ET (13:00-21:30 UTC)

    Virtual Instructor-Led (vILT)

  • 10 Dec 2024

    09:00-17:30 ET (14:00-22:30 UTC)

    Virtual Instructor-Led (vILT)

Virtual Instructor-Led (vILT) classes are a combination of eLearning and a live webinar.


Become a Secure Software Lifecycle Assessor when you take this class and become qualified.

Training Formats/Exam Information

New Training Offerings:

This training includes a 5-hour online prerequisite Fundamentals course followed by a 25-question multiple-choice exam with a 60-minute time limit. Two attempts to pass Fundamentals will be allowed.

  • Virtual Instructor-led training (vILT): Combination online training and instructor-led webinar with an exam offered via Pearson Vue within 30 days of webinar.
  • Please see Schedule tab for dates of vILT trainings

New Exam Specifics:

  • All exams are closed book.
  • Exam is 60 multiple choice questions with a 90-minute time limit.
  • Results of Pearson Vue exams are delivered upon completion of the exam.
  • 75% or higher to pass the exam; the only information that can be released concerning exams is your grade.
  • If you fail the exam, you must take the training and exam again and pay a new invoice.


Course Fee
New Secure SLC Training - Transitioned
$1,800 USD

New Secure SLC Training (In person or eLearning)

$2,750 USD

Requalification Secure SLC Training

$1,650 USD
Knowledge Training Non-PO *
$1,500 USD

Knowledge Training PO *

$1,200 USD

Training class change fee

$185 USD

Please note: Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in US Dollars.

* Knowledge training does not lead to assessor status.


This course is also offered as knowledge training for individuals who would like to increase their knowledge and do not necessarily need to achieve or are not eligible for qualification as an assessor.

How to Prepare for the Exam

Prior to taking the Secure SLC training and exam, candidates must complete the prerequisite course and exam on PCI Fundamentals and should familiarize themselves with information regarding the Secure SLC Standard, the Secure SLC program and supporting documents. These materials may be found in the Document Library.


The PCI Fundamentals online course must be completed prior to the start of your training class.

Registration Process

In order to attend Secure SLC Assessor training for certification, you must be a full-time employee of an active Software Security Company. Please see the Software Security Framework Qualification Requirements for Assessors for more details

Step 1 – Review

Refer to the Software Security Framework Qualification Requirements for Assessors for complete program description and requirements and to confirm that you are suited for the program.

Then complete the Software Security Assessor Company registration form online (see step 2).

(Software Security Framework Qualification Requirements for Assessors).

Step 2 – Apply

Complete the online application form through PCI SSC’s secure portal. Application requirements include:

  • Submit Software Security Assessor Company registration form.
  • Complete company application (Primary Contact will gain access to the online application only after the Software Security Assessor Company registration form has been approved by PCI SSC).
  • Enroll professionals in Secure SLC Assessor training (Primary Contact will have the ability to enroll professionals in Secure SLC Assessor training through the portal only after the Software Security Assessor Company application has been approved).
  • Submit payment (training invoice will be emailed to Primary Contact within 2-3 business days of Secure SLC Assessor training request approval). For more information about the training fees, please see the Software Security Framework Pricing page.

Step 3 - Train

Upon receipt of payment the primary contact will receive the location details for the instructor-led class or CBT details if applicable.

Step 4 - Enrollment

Once the application has been approved by the PCI Security Standards Council, and its designated Secure SLC Assessor employees have complete and passed the Secure SLC Assessor training, the Secure SLC Assessor Company will receive confirmation of acceptance into the program, and the Secure SLC Assessor employees will each receive a Certificate of Qualification. The Secure SLC Assessor employees will be added to the Council’s database of certified Secure SLC Assessor personnel, and the company may now perform Secure SLC Assessments until the time comes to complete the annual Requalification training to maintain the certification.

Only those who have taken and passed the exam become Secure SLC Assessors.

Requalification Requirements

In order to maintain the high standards set for this certification, all Secure SLC assessors must pass a requalification exam every 12 months, sign and accept the terms of the PCI SSC Code of Responsibility in order to continue as an active Secure SLC Assessor for their company.


Requalification specifics:

  • Approved assessors are allowed to register for requalification training as early as 90 days prior to their expiration date. Once registered, they will receive immediate access to the eLearning training.
  • Registration must be submitted no later than the candidate’s expiration date.
  • Exam access is given no earlier than four (4) weeks prior to expiration date AND invoice is paid.
  • An Assessor who is not registered for requalification training before midnight Eastern Time on their qualification expiration date, or who does not achieve a passing score on the exam by the end of their qualification period, will be required to re-enroll as a new candidate.



Requalification exam:

  • Non-proctored remote exam
  • 25 multiple choice questions with a 60-minute time limit.
  • 75% or higher to pass the exam; the only information that can be released concerning exams is the grade.
  • If you fail the exam, please have the primary contact email for the next steps.