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PCI DSS Implementation Training Course | Qualified Security Assessor Company

PCI DSS Lead Implementer Training Course

SKU: 4178
  • Train with the experts and gain the skills to lead and manage a PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) v4.0 implementation project.
  • Industry-leading course developed by our team of PCI QSAs (Qualified Security Assessors).
  • Learn from anywhere with our Live Online course that allows you to study your way, keeping travel and costs to a minimum.
  • Successful completion of this three-day course and included exam awards the PCI DSS Lead Implementer (PCI DSS LI) qualification and 21 CPD/CPE points.
  • If you need the skills to lead the implementation of the previous iteration of the PCI DSS, v3.2.1, please see our Self-paced online course.
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Training course outline

Version 4.0 of the PCI DSS was published on March 31, 2022 to meet the evolving cybersecurity needs of the payments industry, promote security as a continuous process, and enable organizations to use different methods to achieve their security objectives.

To provide organizations with the time to implement the more complex requirements of version 4.0, the current PCI DSS v3.2.1 will remain active for two years until it is retired on March 31, 2024. If you require the skills to lead and manage a PCI DSS v3.2.1 implementation project, please purchase our Self-paced online course.

The PCI DSS Lead Implementer Training Course delivers the knowledge and skills needed to implement the technical and business controls required to meet the 12 requirements of PCI DSS v4.0.

By taking this course, you will:

  • Get an understanding of the principles and application of PCI DSS scoping
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the 12 PCI DSS requirements
  • Get the skills to apply the requirements to your organization
  • Find out how to create a PCI DSS implementation readiness program for SAQ (self-assessment questionnaire) or external audit
  • Receive practical advice from an experienced PCI DSS consultant

PCI DSS Lead Implementer Training Course benefits

  Deliver PCI DSS compliance

Understand and implement the technical and business controls needed to meet the 12 requirements of PCI DSS v4.0.

  Designed by experts

Designed by QSAs with an auditor’s perspective on PCI DSS scoping, scope reduction, gap analysis, and remediation.

  Delivered by professionals

Taught by a PCI DSS consultant with extensive experience of helping organizations of all sizes achieve PCI DSS compliance.

  Learn from anywhere

Attend our Live Online course from any location in the US.

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Who should attend this course?

This course is designed for individuals responsible for implementing all or part of the technical and business requirements of the Standard, for example:

  • Information security managers
  • Security engineers
  • IT directors
  • PCI DSS project managers

This course is also suitable for consultants seeking to provide PCI implementation advice to their respective client organizations.

Your Learning Path

Find out how the PCI DSS Implementation Training Course will help you start or enhance your knowledge and career.

This course is an essential component of the following learning path:

Why choose IT Governance for your training needs?

  • We are the global specialists – As global specialists in information security, cybersecurity, and privacy, we pride ourselves on being market leaders and keeping one step ahead. Our expert instructors use their working knowledge to bring the course to life, while covering all the essential and technical content.
  • Built and delivered by experts – Our courses are built and delivered by subject-matter experts and innovative instructional design specialists with years of practical, hands-on experience.
  • Learn your way – We have the training methods and solutions to suit your organization or personal learning style. We offer instructor-led (classroom, Live Online, or hybrid), blended, self-paced, elearning, in-house, and custom training options.
  • Our service levels are exemplary – From the sales team that pays close attention to your development needs, to the operations team that makes things tick like a Swiss watch, to the energy and skill of the instructors. We are all passionate about what we do and want to ensure you get the best training experience possible.
  • Pass first time or train again for free – We have trained more than 28,000 people and we’re confident you’ll pass with us the first time. If you don’t, we’ll train you again for free.*

*T&Cs apply.

Course details

What does this course cover?

Day 1

  • Applying PCI DSS scoping techniques to a given environment
  • Defining and identifying the relationship between each of the 12 PCI DSS requirements and an organization
  • Installing and maintaining network security controls
  • How to apply secure configurations to all system components using tools and sites
  • Methods of storing cardholder data and assurance to confirm data locations
  • Methods of encryption and cryptography for the transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
  • Selecting antivirus solutions for traditional and organizational settings

Day 2

  • The OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10 and identifying updates to the risk register
  • Managing access to cardholder data by users with different job roles
  • Identifying user accounts and implementing MFA (multifactor authentication) where required
  • Constructing a merchant premises that restricts physical access and includes locks, RFID, CCTV, PED storage, and PED checks
  • Analyzing and reviewing logs in the event viewer to identify access to network resources
  • Determining appropriate testing methods such as penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, ASV scanning, and segmentation testing

Day 3

  • How to maintain an information security policy for all users
  • Understanding the option of using a customized approach
  • How to carry out a risk analysis
  • PCI DSS implementation readiness preparation and exercise
  • Summary and exam preparation

Course agenda

  • The purpose of the PCI DSS and the requirement for protection of cardholder data
  • PCI DSS objectives and intent
  • Related PCI standards and programmes
  • Understand how PCI DSS compliance is enforced by the payment brands
  • Compliance needs for merchants and service providers. Explanation of the different levels
  • Understand how compliance to the standard must be reported by merchants and service providers
  • Overview of the 12 standard requirements
  • Technical Implementation of the requirements
  • Use of IT Governance PCI DSS Documentation Toolkit
  • Project management
  • Maintaining compliance
  • Additional considerations for: call centres, encryption, software development, mobile payments, skimming

What’s included in this course?

  • Full course materials (digital copy provided as a PDF file)
  • The PCI DSS Lead Implementer exam
  • A certificate of attendance

What equipment do I need?

You will need a laptop for the duration of your course and exam.

Course duration and times

Live Online PDT/PST

  • Day 1: 07:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Day 2: 07:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Day 3: 07:30 am – 3:00 pm

Live Online CDT/CST

  • Day 1: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Day 2: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Day 3: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Live Online EDT/EST

  • Day 1: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Day 2: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Day 3: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. We will, however, assume that participants have a foundational knowledge of PCI DSS v4.0 along with the technical vocabulary to understand systems, technology, and processes described by the Standard. We strongly recommend taking the PCI DSS Foundation Training Course before starting this course.

Is there any recommended reading?

We recommend that all participants read the PCI DSS, available to download for free from the PCI Security Standards Council website.

Exams and qualifications

PCI DSS Lead Implementer exam

Candidates take the PCI DSS Lead Implementer (PCI DSS LI) exam set by IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications). There is no extra charge for this exam.

  • Delivery method: Online
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Questions: 40
  • Format: Multiple choice
  • Pass mark: 65%

This course is equivalent to:


CPD points

What qualifications will I receive?’

PCI DSS Lead Implementer (PCI DSS LI).


This course holds accreditation from IBITGQ (International Board for IT Governance Qualifications), a renowned authority in personnel certification within the field of IT governance.

As a premier personnel certification body, IBITGQ specialises in certifying individuals who demonstrate exceptional proficiency in IT governance practices.

IBITGQ maintains accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard, a globally recognised benchmark for conformity assessment. Accreditation by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) further underscores the course's commitment to meeting stringent certification requirements.

ISO 17024 certification is esteemed within the industry and universally acknowledged by employers worldwide. By aligning with this standard, our course ensures that your qualifications are not only recognised but also highly valued by employers across diverse sectors.

Upon successful completion of the course, you have the opportunity to validate your professional expertise by registering your qualification on the esteemed IBITGQ/GASQ successful candidate register. This platform serves as a testament to your commitment to excellence in IT governance, setting you apart as a distinguished professional in the field.

Do I need to bring proof of identity?

Delegates must bring a form of photographic ID with them as the invigilator my request to check it prior to the exam.

How will I receive my exam results and certificates?

  • Provisional exam results will be available immediately on completion of the exam. Confirmed exam results will be issued within ten working days from the date of the exam.
  • Certificates for those who have achieved a passing grade will be issued within ten working days from the date of the exam.
  • Results notifications and certificates are sent directly to candidates by the relevant exam board in electronic format; please note that hard copy exam certificates are not issued.

Can exams be retaken?

Yes, you can retake the exam at an extra cost if you are unsuccessful on the first attempt. You can email us to schedule the retest for the exam.

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  • All trainers have been hand-picked for their technical and practical expertise.
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