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Financially Impacted by COVID-19?

Free Cyber Training for Northern VA Residents

What Is VCSA?

New Skills. New Start.

The VA Cyber Skills Academies (VCSA) provide world-class, hands-on training to candidates who want to start or expand their career in the cybersecurity field. Sponsored by the state of Virginia, this program was developed to aid its residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and help its business community meet the increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Our flexible, practical training and support will fast-track you into a cybersecurity career with one of our local Northern Virginia employer partners. In addition to four-to-six-month accelerated, immersive training curricula, VCSA offers ongoing career and networking programs to introduce you into the cyber community.

VA Cyber Reskilling Academy

Free hands-on technical training and soft skills development for Northern Virginia residents with limited-to-no cybersecurity experience. Learn more here.

VA Cyber Upskilling Academy
Free practical training and industry certifications for qualified IT/cybersecurity professionals residing in Northern Virginia to advance their skills. Learn more here.

Request an Information Packet Today!



Free Training

Your tuition is funded by the state of Virginia.


Work While You Learn

Flexible training schedules take weeks—not years.


Professional Mentors

Expert coaches are from top local employers.

Our Academies


VA Cyber Reskilling Academy

No IT experience needed
  • Fast track into an in-demand career
  • Hands-on skills training
  • Industry-recognized, world-class instruction (SANS Institute)
  • Get GIAC certified (Global Information Assurance Certification)
  • Program meets federal/Department of Defense (DoD 8140) requirements that employers need
  • Mentors help you identify jobs that fit your skills and goals and coach you on connecting with employers and VCSA partners
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VA Cyber Upskilling Academy

For early-career IT/cyber professionals looking to advance
  • Increase your knowledge and earning potential

  • Explore new areas of cybersecurity

  • Complete advanced SANS training courses
  • Complete the GIAC certification

  • Innovative, hands-on labs, and practical exercises 

  • Gain leadership skills and boost your professional development

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Attend the
Virtual Cyber Career Fair

All Experience Levels Welcome!

Cyber Careers Are in Demand!


Job Security

The current demand for cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors is making employers scale up and out.


Interesting Variety

Cyber professionals work in many different situations and with the latest technologies.



Intellectual Puzzles

While you’ll learn best practices and principles, there’s always something new to learn and always a new opportunity to excel.


Job Fulfillment

Prevent real criminals from taking advantage of your friends and family—and places like schools, businesses, and more.

Academy Application Process


Step 1. Submit Application

To start, apply here. After submission, you will be instructed to create a SANS account. Return to the confirmation page to start the online application through the SANS portal. After submitting the application, we will send you a CyberTalent Assessment to be completed within 3 days.


Step 2. Interview

Qualified candidates will be asked to submit required documentation and be invited to a one-on-one virtual interview.


Step 3. Candidate Selection & Notification

An Advisory Board will review the candidate’s application and all submitted information. Selected candidates will be notified.

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