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VA Cyber
Reskilling Academy

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Your New Cyber Career Awaits!

Little-to-No IT/Cyber Experience Needed

Join one of the fastest-growing professional fields and launch your new career in cybersecurity today.

Cybersecurity skills are in demand now more than ever. Almost every organization needs to protect itself from cybercriminals. This 8-week program provides the practical skills in computers, technology, and security fundamentals needed to launch your career in cybersecurity.

The Best Way to Get Started in a New Career

Earn up to 3 Cyber Certificates for Free!

Benefits of VCSA

  • Free Training
    Your tuition is funded by the state of Virginia.
  • Work While You Learn
    Flexible training schedules take weeks—not years.
  • Professional Mentors
    Major area employers are involved.

Program Eligibility

  • Resident of Northern Virginia
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)
  • Limited or no cyber/IT experience (Experienced applicants should apply to the Upskilling Academy.)
  • Financially impacted by COVID-19

Registration for Reskilling is closed for 2022!

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Sample Job Titles of Graduates 

  • SOC Analyst (Tier I and II)

  • Information Security Analyst 

  • Junior System Administrator

  • IT Specialist

  • Junior Security Engineer 

  • Incident Response Analyst (Tier I)

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Reskilling Academy Core Curriculum

The Reskilling Academy consists of self-paced online courses that allow students to work while learning. Students have 8 weeks per course to complete the training and earn the associated certification. The total program time is 6 months.

Click the course titles below to view the course descriptions.

SANS Foundations: Computers, Technology, & Security

Security Essentials Bootcamp (GSEC Certification)

Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling (GCIH Certification)

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

Selected candidates will be asked to submit additional 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.