NIS2 Directive Lead Implementer

The Certified NIS 2 Directive Lead Implementer training course enables participants to gain the necessary competencies to support organizations in effectively planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and maintaining a cybersecurity program that meets the requirements of the NIS2 Directive.

Course description:

By attending the NIS 2 Directive Lead Implementer training course, you gain in-depth knowledge of the directive’s requirements, implementation strategies, and best practices that protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Through interactive sessions and practical exercises, you will learn how to assess organization’s cybersecurity risks, develop robust incident response plans, and implement effective security measures to meet the requirements of NIS 2 Directive.

Moreover, you will gain insights into industry standards and best practices that will enable you to stay up to date with the evolving threat landscape and implement cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions. After successfully completing this training course, you will become a trusted cybersecurity professional that possesses the expertise to navigate the complex landscape of critical cybersecurity infrastructure and contribute to the resilience of your organization and society as a whole.

Course objectives:

Upon successfully completing the training course, you will be able to: 

  • Explain the fundamental concepts of NIS 2 Directive and its requirements
  • Obtain a thorough comprehension of the principles, strategies, methodologies, and tools necessary for implementing and efficiently managing a cybersecurity program in compliance with NIS 2 Directive
  • Learn how to interpret and implement NIS 2 Directive requirements in the specific context of an organization 
  • Initiate and plan the implementation of NIS 2 Directive requirements, by utilizing PECB’s methodology and other best practices
  • Acquire the necessary knowledge to support an organization in effectively planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and maintaining a cybersecurity program in compliance with NIS 2 Directive


  • Cybersecurity professional seeking to gain a thorough understanding of the requirements of NIS 2 Directive and learn practical strategies to implement robust cybersecurity measures 
  • IT managers and professionals aiming to gain insights on implementing secure systems and improve the resilience of critical systems
  • Government and regulatory officials responsible for enforcing the NIS 2 Directive


After successfully completing the exam, you can apply for one of the credentials shown in the table below. You will receive a certificate once you fulfill all the requirements of the selected credential.  

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The cybersecurity management experience activities should follow best cybersecurity management practices and include the following:

  1. Conducting comprehensive risk assessments specific to critical infrastructure systems
  2. Managing incident response plans tailored to the requirements of the NIS 2 Directive
  3. Implementing appropriate security measures and controls
  4. Implementing metrics and performance indicators
  5. Managing and responding to cybersecurity incidents
  6. Conducting management reviews
  7. Managing a cybersecurity team 

For more information about NIS 2 Directive certifications and the PECB Certification process, please refer to Certification Rules and Policies.



A fundamental understanding of ISO/IEC 27001 and comprehensive knowledge of implementation principles.

Course outline:

Introduction to NIS 2 Directive and initiation of the NIS 2 Directive implementation

  • Training course objectives and structureStandards and regulatory frameworks
  • NIS 2 Directive
  • NIS 2 Directive requirements
  • Initiation of the NIS 2 Directive implementation
  • The organization and its context

Analysis of NIS 2 Directive compliance program, asset management, and risk management

  • Cybersecurity governance
  • Cybersecurity roles and responsibilities
  • Asset management
  • Risk management


Cybersecurity controls, incident management, and crisis management

  • Cybersecurity controls
  • Supply chain security
  • Incident management
  • Crisis management

Communication, testing, monitoring, and continual improvement in cybersecurity

  • Business continuity
  • Awareness and training
  • Communication
  • Testing in cybersecurity
  • Measuring, monitoring, and reportingperformance and metrics
  • Continual improvement
  • Closing of the training course

Certification Exam

  1. Preparation for exam
  2. Exam

The exam is will take place at the end of the course on onsite classroom courses

For Virtual courses we will send out a voucher that gives you access to an online exam. This can be booked and taken home monitored by a proctor via camera. More information about the exam rules will be send fromPECB.

Test details:

  • The exam duration is three (3) hours. Non-native speakers receive an additional half an hour

As the exam is an Multiple Choice, candidates are authorized to use:

This is an open-book exam. The candidate is allowed to use the following reference materials: 

  • A hard copy of the NIS 2 Directive
  • raining course materials (accessed through the PECB Exams app and/or printed)
  • Any personal notes taken during the training course (accessed through the PECB Exams app and/or printed)
  • A hard copy dictionary


Examination rules and policies


Results will be communicated by email in a period of 6 to 8 weeks, after taking the exam. The results will not include the exact grade of the candidate, only a mention of pass or fail.

Candidates who successfully complete the examination will be able to apply for a certified scheme which is explained in the course description.

In the case of a failure, the results will be accompanied with the list of domains in which the candidate had failed to provide guidance for exams’ retake preparation.

Candidates, who disagree with the exam results, may file a complaint by writing to or through PECB ticketing system.


There is no limit on the number of times a candidate may retake an exam. However, there are some limitations in terms of allowed time-frame in between exam retakes, such as:

  • Students, who have completed the full training but failed the written exam, are eligible to retake the exam once for free within a 12 month period from the initial date of the exam.
  • If a candidate does not pass the exam on the second attempt, he/she must wait 3 months (from the initial date of the exam) for the next attempt (2nd retake). Retake fee applies.
  • If a candidate does not pass the exam on the third attempt, he/she must wait 6 months (from the initial date of the exam) for the next attempt (3rd retake). Retake fee applies.

After the fourth attempt, a waiting period of 12 months from the last session date is required, in order for candidate to sit again for the same exam. Regular fee applies.

For the candidates that fail the exam in the 2nd retake, PECB recommends to attend an official training in order to be better prepared for the exam.

To arrange exam retakes (date, time, place, costs), the candidate needs to contact Glasspaper.


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