Alumni Course: CompTIA Security+



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This course is only offered at select Per Scholas locations. Choose a location to get the most accurate course information.

Throughout this course, alumni learners will continue to sharpen their technical skills through activities simulating real world security scenarios, performing security research, and class discussions of current events.

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  • Remote Evenings and Weekends
    Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
    8 Weeks, 14 Hours Per Week

Upcoming course dates

  • October 25th, 2021

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While anyone may apply for this course, some technical background may be helpful.

While these courses may include either intermediate or advanced material, technical knowledge specified in these listings will be required as a prerequisite for applicants to be considered for admission.

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This certification establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. CompTIA Security+ is a globally trusted, vendor-neutral certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

As a response to COVID-19, Per Scholas courses have moved to a remote learning environment. As we return to training sites, upcoming courses may be moved to in-person classrooms. We will be in-touch with applicants after you have applied to provide updates on any changes to future courses.

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We can help with course selection, and answer questions about eligibility requirements and special circumstances. Contact an admissions team member

Level-Up your career with a CompTIA Security+ Certification

This Accelerated Security+ Alumni course will run for 8 weeks, 14 hours per week. Alumni Learners will take several practice assessments and will work in groups to understand and explore CompTIA question styles and test taking strategies. Sessions are fully remote on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, culminating in the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam.

Sharpen Your Knowledge Base

Learn the fundamentals of network security, compliance, and operation security, threats & vulnerabilities, as well as application, data, and host security. Also included are access control, identity management, and cryptography.

Essential Critical Skills Development

Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to apply in the network security field.

Industry Recognized Certification

The ComptTIA Security+ Certification is sought after by employers looking to hire skilled candidates. Level up and stand out in your next interview.

What You'll Learn


Our 8 week curriculum equips you with the skills you need.

Week 1

Chapter 1 

  • Introduction to Security

Chapter 2

  • Computer Systems Security Part 1

Chapter 3

  • Computer Systems Security Part 2
Week 2

Chapter 4

  • OS Hardening and Virtualization

Chapter 5

  • Application Security
Week 3

Chapter 6

  • Network Design and Elements

Chapter 7 

  • Networking Protocols and Threats

Chapter 8

  • Network Perimeter and Security
Week 4

Chapter 9

  • Securing Network Media and Devices

Chapter 10

  • Physical Security and Authentication Models
Week 5

Chapter 11

  • Access Control Methods and Models

Chapter 12:

  • Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

Chapter 13: 

  • Monitoring and Auditing
Week 6

Chapter 14

  • Encryption and Hashing Concepts

Chapter 15 

  • PKI and Encryption Protocols
Week 7

Chapter 16

  • Redundancy and Disaster Recovery

Chapter 17

  • Social Engineering

Chapter 18

  • Policies and Procedures
Week 8

Review and Examination:

  • Sec+ Review
  • Sec+ Certification


Our 8 week curriculum equips you with the skills you need.


Eligibility Requirements

Prerequisite Certifications

● Google IT Pro (IBM SkillsBuild IFTL is applicable)
● CompTIA Network +

Time Since Graduation

You must have completed a prior Per Scholas course, and you become eligible to take this course 45 days after graduation.

Availability and Time Commitment

All course sessions are mandatory, so you must be able to meet the time commitment of the following schedule:

Evening & Saturday:
Weeknights: 6 PM EST – 9 PM EST
Saturdays: 10 AM EST – 3 PM EST

What if I don't meet the prerequisites?

In the event you do not meet the pre-requisites for this course a member of the alumni services team will be in touch with an action plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if completed my initial training but did not pass the CompTIA exam?

You may be eligible for a retest voucher if you failed your exam by less than 50 points. Please connect with your instructor for details. Alternatively, we are creating pathways for alumni to obtain a Google IT Professional equivalency. Details will be announced and shared via the alumni slack channel and email communication.

What is Phase II (Graduate)?

Phase II begins upon course completion and typically lasts 4-6 months. The primary focus of phase II is to celebrate graduates, connect with a robust peer and employer network, and securing employment.

Phase II Checklist:

  • Connect with Business Solutions
  • Join alumni Slack channel
  • Job search
    • Actively applying and interviewing
  • Secure employment
  • Submit offer letter or EVF to business solutions
What resources teams are available post-graduation?

Learner Support: Learner Support aims to mirror an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Financial Advising

Business Solutions: Liaison between Per Scholas alums and the employer partners.

  • Sourcing employment opportunities
  • Support alumni to find gainful employment after graduation

Professional Development Coach: Refresh you your personal and professional knowledge and skills.

  • Resume/ Cover letter review
  • Pitch practice
  • Online presence review

Technical Instructor: Connect for tech resources.

  • Access to canvas post-completion*
  • Preferred course-related content*
  • Professional reference
How do I find out who my business solutions manager is?

Refer to the “resources directory” in the Alumni Handbook.

What is a “collective learning cohort”?

Collective learning opportunities are self-guided skill enhancing courses that range between 35 hours – 9months. Alumni learners are supported instructor lead office hours*, alumni subject matter experts and other alumni community driven resources.

Will I receive an exam voucher for completing a collective learning course?

At this time we are unable to provide testing vouchers. We encourage you to connect with your professional development and support manager to discuss ways to leverage your new skills in the workplace.

How do I apply for collective learning (self-guided) classes?

Collective learning enrollments happen the first and 3rd week of each month. Registration details can be found in the alumni handbook and slack channel.

Can I take more than 1 class at a time?

No, you cannot be enrolled in more than one Per Scholas at a time.

What if I don’t finish my alumni course?

Before you make the decision to withdraw, connect with your instructor (or applicable resource team member) to discuss how to better navigate the barrier. If it is collectively  decided, you may defer to a later class. Conversely you risk a 120 day freeze in enrollment eligibility.

If a collective learning course is self-paced, why are there office hours?

“Office Hours” are designed to answer any questions you may in regard to the material and to build your confidence in articulating your new skill set.   Our certified instructors will cover dedicated material from the certification program and answer individual questions from students who are getting stuck at certain points in the curriculum. Alumni learners are prompted to submit questions before each session to ensure they get the most out of each office hours session.

Will collective learning courses reflect on my transcript?

No, only instructor-led certificate-bearing courses will be reflected on your Per Scholas transcript. It is recommended that you keep a copy of your records.

I took a non-cert bearing course, how do I qualify for alumni classes?

Completing the IT Fundamentals course via IBM SkillsBuild may be used in place of the Google IT Support certificate or CompTIA A+.

What is Phase III (Alumni)?

Phase III offers continued up-skilling opportunities by way of instructor lead certificate-bearing courses. 


Phase III Checklist:

  • Submitted documentation to Business Solutions
  • Actively working in technology or 4-6 mo verified experience
  • Satisfied prerequisite requirements

Network Support prereqs:

  • Google IT Professional (IT Support), CompTIA A, ITFL Certificate of completion

Security + prereqs:

  • Google IT Professional (IT Support), CompTIA A+, ITFL Certificate of completion
  • CompTIA Network+


Can I sign up for an instructor-led course immediately after securing employment?

We do not advised participating in training if you may be unable to complete the course as intended. Connect with your support manager & professional development coach to discuss time management techniques and build a plan of when upskilling is most appropriate.

How do I register for alumni courses?

Registration forms are pinned to the top of the alumni slack channel, the alumni handbook, alumni course pages on (like this page), and you can request a form by contacting [email protected].

I didn’t receive a slack invite. What should I do?

Slack invites are sent from [email protected] please check your spam folder for good measure. You can also request access by emailng the address above.

What if I don’t meet the network + pre-requisites.

Alumni Learners may now take the IT Fundamentals course to meet the requirements. If you have earned a qualifying certificate (Google IT professional, CompTIA A+, AWS cloud practitioner) please submit a copy of your certificate here.