Skills Certificate, Cybersecurity

This certificate is designed to provide the knowledge and skills recommended by the National Security Agency for 2 year college programs. It provides foundational cybersecurity skills and preparation for professional certifications, such as Security +, that are recognized by the Department of Defense.


Students completing the certificate will:

  • List the fundamental concepts of the Information Assurance / Cyber Defense discipline and describe how they can be used to provide system security.
  • Describe cyber defense tools, methods and components.
  • Describe and apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirement
CIT 112Network +3
CIT 114IT Essentials4
CIT 130Beginning Java3
CIT 173Introduction to Linux3
CS 151Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CS 252Digital Forensics Fundamentals3
Total Units19
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CIT 112 Network + 3
CIT 114 IT Essentials 4
CS 151 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
 Semester Total10
2nd semester
CIT 130 Beginning Java 3
CIT 173 Introduction to Linux 3
CS 252 Digital Forensics Fundamentals 3
 Semester Total9
 Total Units19