This course is tough. So are you.


This course is intended for residents of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Charles County, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia for training offered at our 1400 Spring St., Silver Spring location.

This course equips you with the knowledge to enter the Cybersecurity field as a Cyber Operations Analyst.

A Snapshot

  • 14 Weeks: Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00
  • CompTIA CySA+ Certification
  • Hands on Training in an Education Security Operations Center Lab
  • Career counseling & connections to employment

What You’ll Learn

The CyberOps Curriculum will kick start your career in Cyber Security . It focuses on the technical skills needed to land a job in the field. You will learn each new skill by practicing it yourself because 75% of the coursework is hands on. The Cyber Ops course will run in an education security operations center where you will work with the same tools cyber professionals use in the field. Classes are small, so your instructor will be available to help as often as you need.

By the time you finish, you’ll be prepared for an entry-level job as a Cyber Operations Analyst


This course will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM for 14 weeks. The course includes technical instruction and professional development curriculum. Review the syllabus for the specifics.


Week 1 of 17


Learn from the best

Learn from certified teachers with years of real-world training experience. Our instructors don’t just teach you what you need to know, but how to learn it.

Career Development

Building Your Career

You need more than just technical skills to get a good job. Excellent people skills are just as important. We’ve got you covered.

Start Out Right

Construct a professional resume and practice your interview skills. Find out exactly what employers are looking for and how you can impress them.

Get your foot in the door

Get customized referrals to open jobs at our hundreds of employer partners. Call on dedicated career developers for personalized advocacy, coaching and support.

Connect to our network

Meet and learn from working IT professionals. Visit employer sites and see their operations firsthand. Attend industry networking events and start making professional contacts.

Key to Success

Our students don't just land the job. They keep the job. Employers say customer service skills matter most. So you can guarantee it will be re-emphasized and applied with every piece of tech you learn.

Student Life

A Community of Support

You'll work hard. There's no doubt about it.

But if you’re like most students, you’ll look forward to each new day. And you’ll marvel at all the changes you see in yourself. Prepare yourself to spend your days in class and your evenings studying. Many students have children and hold part-time jobs and, despite those demands, they find a way to succeed. You will, too.

Buckle up

We'll be moving quickly. There’s a lot to pack in, and the standards are set high. But we also structure your training experience so that you have plenty of time to learn and practice each new skill.

Meet your new family

Your classmates will come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to 65 (or older). It won’t take long before you see them as a second family—a community dedicated to everyone’s success. Study groups form somewhat naturally in and out of the classroom. Potluck dinners optional.

The staff are also some of the most dedicated and positive sources of encouragement you will ever encounter. Even on the days when some challenges might feel impossible, they will do everything in their power to help you continue to advance forward.


Modern Facilities

Our facilities always include modern classrooms; well-equipped training labs; and places to relax, socialize and study.

Your own workstation

You will work from your own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course. There, you’ll follow along in lectures and demonstrations, practice new skills, review course materials and measure how much you’ve learned.


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To be eligible for Cyber Ops:

  • Ages 18 and older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Interest in pursuing a career in IT Security
  • 1+ year IT work experience or equivalent IT focused coursework
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. and have the ability to obtain a security clearance
  • Women, youth, and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply
  • If you’re a veteran, must have been honorably discharged within the last 10 years
  • Unemployed or underemployed

Other factors that may affect your eligibility are addressed in the FAQs.

Become fully versed in:

  • Penetration Testing
  • TCP/IP Addressing and Data Delivery
  • Networking & security concepts
  • Cryptography
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Python programming
  • In-demand customer service


Joining us takes just 5 easy steps.

1. Online Application

Complete our online application to begin.

Don't worry. This doesn't lock you in to a final commitment. In the following step you will get to ask questions and get the answers you need to determine if this is the right time for you to take this training.

2. Information Session

You will be invited to attend an in-person information session after you complete your online application. All of your questions will be addressed in the information session. The information and instructions to attend are provided after you submit your online application.

3. Entrance exam

If you decide that Per Scholas is right for you, you can take our entrance exam at your information session. Or you can return to take it at a later time.

We use the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) as our entrance exam. To be admitted to Per Scholas, you must pass this test at a 10th grade level or higher. Find out more about the test and practice with sample questions here. We strongly encourage you study and practice in advance.

If you don’t pass the TABE on your first try, you may be invited back to retest.

4. Interviews

If you pass the TABE and meet other eligibility requirements, we’ll schedule one or two interviews to determine your fit and any special needs.

During the interview, we’ll ask about your education, life experience and plans for the future.

5. Enrollment

If we agree that you’re ready for this training, we’ll let you know right away and try to enroll you in a course that starts within a month.

This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it.


It’s free.

No cost. No catch. We invest in your success. All we ask in return is that you take the course seriously and work as hard as you can.

We are a national nonprofit organization. Our courses, job placement and other services are funded by generous donors and are 100% free to students and graduates.

Because our services are free, we can’t offer any other kind of financial support. But if you’re worried about making ends meet at Per Scholas, talk to one of our admissions specialists. We may be able to find other ways to help.


Curious? Let’s break it down.

Following this training, you will be prepared to enter the field of Cyber Security as a Cyber Operations Analyst.

No. You must make arrangements to make a full-time commitment and attend class every day. As well, all courses are in-person and not available to take online.

Most people who learn about us think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it’s true. Our services are provided at no cost to you, using funds we raise from foundations, corporations, government and generous individuals.

The costs you can prepare for include transportation or childcare—expenses that take care of you so you can focus on your studies.

Students will have the opportunity obtain the brand new CIsco CCNA Cyber Ops Certification.

Yes. Per Scholas courses are approved for people receiving unemployment insurance, as well as other benefits that would ordinarily require them to spend time working or looking for work. Your benefits should not be affected. If you have questions or concerns about your situation, please contact us.

Unfortunately, we cannot process your application until you have received clearance to work in the U.S. However, if you are experiencing problems, we can refer you to other organizations that may be able to help.

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact us at [email protected] or (301) 557-9200 to discuss your specific situation and needs.

We're proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. See our full EEO statement here.