This course is tough. So are you.

Stand Out. Skill Up.

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.

If you’re interested in working in IT Security, or you have previous military experience in security, telecommunications, or electronics, this training opportunity is for you.

This course offers the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ and prepares you to move beyond entry level. We will prepare you for a multitude of tech roles, ultimately leading you to a career in IT Security.

A Snapshot

  • Earn both CompTIA Network+ & Security+ certifications.
  • Career counseling and career progression support including job placement assistance with access to an employer network of 100+ companies.
  • No cost. All services are 100% free for students.
  • 12 weeks, M-F, 9:00-4:00pm.
  • Prior professional IT experience in military intelligence,electronics, and/or telecommunications desired but not required. See more about Requirements & Eligibility here.


What You’ll Learn

You served your country. Now it’s time to build on your experience and existing knowledge to advance your IT career.

IT Security is an intensive course, but you’ll learn each new skill by practicing it yourself. Classes are small, so your instructors will always have time to help. Most of the homework will be additional hands-on exercises to reinforce the material so you can get it right.

Because the certifications exams aren’t easy, we give you plenty of in-class time for review, exercises and practice tests. In the end, you will qualify to fill a wide range of mid-level technology jobs in security and beyond.

Review the syllabus below for the specifics.


IT Security course is M-F from 9:00am to 5:00pm for 10 weeks. There are no part-time, evening, weekend or online courses. You must commit to the entire course.


Week 1 of 8


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.


Discover how to take advantage of our free courses.


Admission to Per Scholas is needs-based. You may qualify if you:

  • Are unemployed
  • Work only part-time
  • Work in a minimum wage or other low-paying job
  • Work only sometimes throughout the year
  • Receive any public benefits such as unemployment insurance, Medicaid, subsidized housing, nutrition or income support

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

Other requirements for this course specifically include:

  • Strong desire and passion to pursue a career in Cybersecurity
  • A+ certification or 2 years IT work experience needed
  • If you’re a veteran, you must have been honorably discharged within the last 10 years
  • Ability to attend training Monday – Friday, from 9 AM – 4 PM for 10 weeks
  • Age 18 and older
  • U.S. Citizen or Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Ability to pass a background check


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

After you complete the online application, your application will be assessed and you be invited to attend an information session. For this course specifically they are held every Tuesday and Thursday. All of your questions will be addressed in the information session.

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 and here. We strongly encourage you study and practice in advance.

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

Someone from Per Scholas will let you know as quickly as possible of your enrollment status and you will begin the next available class.

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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.

With the professional coaching and Net+ and Security+ certifications, you will be prepared for many roles within IT, ranging from Information Security to Network Administrator.

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.

You will prepare to earn the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certifications.

These exams cost money, but Per Scholas pays the fee for you.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is an association that represents the international technology community. We have partnered with its Creating IT Futures Foundation to create the IT-Ready curriculum and open new training sites around the country.

The instruction we provide prepares you for the testing services offered by CompTIA. A CompTIA certificate gives employers proof that you have mastered a particular set of IT skills.

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.