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VA Cyber
Upskilling Academy

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Level Up Your Cyber Career!

For IT/Cyber Professionals

Increase your knowledge and earning potential with FREE skills training and cybersecurity certification(s).

If you have previous IT/cyber experience, this 8-week program will provide advanced SANS training and the associated GIAC certification you need to get ahead. Choose from a variety of courses including Intrusion Detection, Penetration Testing, DevSecOps, and Security Leadership. Whether you need to go deeper in your current role, want to pivot to new areas, or grow as a leader, there are offerings aligned with the federal/Department of Defense (DoD 8140) requirements that employers want to see on your resume.


Start Your Certification Journey Today!

Free training to advance your career

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.

Upskilling Program Eligibility

  • Resident of Northern Virginia
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)
  • Financially impacted by Covid-19
  • Cyber/IT work experience
    (Candidates with little-to-no experience should apply to the Reskilling Academy.)

Registration for the Upskilling Academy is closed for 2021.

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Sample Job Titles of Graduates 

  • Intrusion Detection & Response Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Red Team Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Engineer 
  • Digital Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Crime Investigator
  • Cyber Threat Detection Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Cyber Threat Analyst

Question About the Program?

Visit our FAQ page to read more info about this program.