The PIN assessment process begins with a gap analysis to determine the work that needs to be done. This initial process includes a consulting phase and a pre-audit phase where you are prepared for the on-site assessment. Your scope is discussed, and all the logistical details of the assessment are determined. Then you would experience the onsite PIN assessment phase.
Finally, you enter the remediation phase, where you are guided through becoming PIN compliant. The PIN assessment process finishes when SecurityMetrics submits your final validation report. Card brands require that assessments are performed every two years.