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Certificate in Cybersecurity Foundations


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Hands On, Cybersecurity Skills Training


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Certificate in Cyber Foundations 


This program provides candidates with the skills, knowledge and credentials required to successfully begin a career in the fields of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. This program was designed by Fayetteville State University and UMBC Training Centers in collaboration with senior executives and technical staff from the Department of Defense, leading Government Contractors, and Fortune 500 companies

There is a severe shortage of IT professionals with the skills, certifications, and problem solving abilities necessary to meet the nation's Cyber Defense challenge. And this shortage is expected to persist for years. This represents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals with the right skills and certifications.

Here are the top qualifications sought by every organization, large or small:

  • Demonstrable technical skills in Systems Administration and Computer Networking
  • DoD 8570 Certification
  • A recognized IT Industry Certification in systems or networking
  • Strong problem solving abilities and communication skills
  • High level of professionalism and willingness to work hard

To earn the Certificate in Cyber Foundations, students must complete three courses:

  • CompTIA A+ Certified IT Technician
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

To complete the Certificate, students must also achieve the Network+ and Security+ certifications. In completing the two certifications students will have attained both a DoD 8570 certification and a highly recognized industry technical certification.

Course Cost: $5,295.  This cost covers Tuition includes course materials, 2 certification exams, and 1 year audit privilege (*restrictions may apply).

Cost breakdown is as follows:

- Tuition, books and materials: $4,789.00

- Certification Exam Fees (Vouchers):  CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ Vouchers: $506

(VA Approved for GI Bill Benefits)  (Workforce Investment Act RESCARE Approved - provided individual eligibility requirements are met)


This program is suitable for individuals seeking to enter the fields of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. This program prepares students for employment with government agencies, government contractors and commercial enterprises in the Mid-Atlantic region. This Certificate program is offered in response to industry's need for qualified employees with the right certifications and problem solving skills to be effective in system support and information security.


Students taking this program should have good end-user skills with Windows®-based personal computers, a strong interest in computers and technology, and good problem solving skills.


Fayetteville State University and UMBC Training Centers can also schedule daytime or off hours cohort programs for corporations or government agencies, either at Fayetteville State University, UMBC Training Centers, on customer premises, or on-line.


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