A Professional Certificate program is a series of online courses that help you become job-ready. Some Professional Certificates prepare you to launch a career in a specific field like IT support, while others help you to pass an industry certification exam. To begin, enroll in the program or choose a single course you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Professional Certificate program, you’re automatically enrolled in the full program. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to manage your course enrollments and track your progress.
When you finish all of your courses, you'll receive a shareable electronic Certificate that you can add to your resume and LinkedIn.
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
What will I be able to do upon completing the program?
You'll walk away with a more thorough understanding of information security concepts and industry best practices for systems security. You'll also gain confidence to sit for and pass the SSCP certification exam.
How long does it take to complete the program.
The certificate contains 40 hours of study materials over 6 courses. You have access to course content for 120 days from the time you register.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This certificate is designed for people with strong technical skills and practical security knowledge. No specific background is required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
No. Each course covers specific content that does not rely on information from the other courses.
Will I hold the SSCP certification if I complete the certificate program?
No. The certificate program is intended to prepare students to sit for the SSCP certification exam.
In order to hold the SSCP certification cadidates must pass the SSCP certification exam and meet work experience requirements as outlined below:
Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year cumulative work experience in 1 or more of the 7 domains of the SSCP CBK. A 1 year prerequisite pathway will be granted for candidates who received a degree (bachelors or masters) in a cybersecurity program.
Candidates that do not have the required experience can take and pass the SSCP exam to earn an Associate of (ISC)² designation, and will have up to two years to earn the required work experience for the SSCP.
How is this certificate different from SSCP certification?
The certificate for this course prepares you to confidently sit for the (ISC)2 SSCP certification exam. To become SSCP-certified, candidates must pass the SSCP exam and meet outlined work experience requirements.
What are the work experience requirements to hold SSCP certification?
Candidates must have at least 1 year of cumulative work experience in 1 or more of the 7 domains of the (ISC)2 SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK). A 1-year prerequisite pathway will be granted for candidates who received a degree (bachelor's or master's) in a cybersecurity program.
Candidates without the required experience can take and pass the SSCP exam to earn an Associate of (ISC)2 designation, and will have up to 2 years to gain the work experience needed for the SSCP.
Will I earn university credit for completing the program?
The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended 3 college credit hours for completing a Training Seminar for the SSCP.
ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education.
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