Security Fundamentals



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This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

Security Fundamentals offers the opportunity to earn the CompTIA A+ certification, equipping you with fundamental concepts in security specialties and hands-on training to gain the initial knowledge and skills to get started in an entry-level security-related role. You will also learn cyber security fundamentals and gain some hands-on experience to help you prepare for entry into a security career. Currently a hybrid-style course.

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No cost, no catch. Tuition-Free training and job connections.

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  • CompTIA A+ ?


  • Hybrid 9AM - 4PM
    Monday through Friday
    15 Weeks

Upcoming course dates

  • February 14th, 2022
    Application Due January 31st, 2022
  • Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots. Seats are offered on first come, first served basis.

Most CompTIA A+ certification holders move on to a job in IT support, like a help desk technician. Help desk technicians solve technical issues and work with people.

Applicants with all levels of experience in tech are encouraged to apply.

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.

CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks.

The Google IT Support Professional Certificate introduces learners to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security. No prior experience is required.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is an IT workforce certification that applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through continuous security monitoring.

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud and start a career in cloud computing.

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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Have questions?

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

How to Become a Cybersecurity Analyst

Rigorous cybersecurity training that includes hands-on activities using real-world servers, tools, and technologies.

Essential Critical Skills Development

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

Earn Industry Recognized Credential at No Cost

Learn test taking strategies to best prepare and pass the compTIA A+ exam.

Elective Skills to Support your Career

Learn Python and electives in the AWS Educate Platform to culminate your learning experience.

What does the future hold for you as a Security Fundamentals graduate?

As a Security Fundamentals graduate, you will earn the CompTIA A+ certification and have the opportunity to be hired into a 12- month apprenticeship as a Security Analyst with an Activate employer partner.

$38k The average salary Cyber Security graduates make at their first job.

Strengthen your Tech Professional Profile

Start your Tech Career Wherever you are!

Per Scholas will train you whether you are new to tech or a seasoned veteran looking to upskill. Remain competitive as the industry grows.

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Build Your IT Professional Network

Meet and network with working IT professionals and visit employer sites to see their operations firsthand.

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Direct Job Placement support

We match graduates to employers for tech roles across sectors and provide career coaching throughout the process.

When you are interviewing a Per Scholas graduate, you already have someone who is committed and prepared for the work world and responsible for their time and availability.

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What You'll Learn

Introduction to Linux and Network Administration

Understand Linux and master Linux commands. Learn how to plan and install a network using real equipment in a virtual environment.

Behavioral Analytics and Security Monitoring

Learn how to detect and combat cybersecurity threats and develop core skills in areas such as threat management and cyber incident response.

Tools and Strategies to Succeed in the Workplace

Gain exposure to tools and techniques employed in the field by real cyber analysts and apply your learning to a final Capstone project.


Hands-on training along with career development and guest speakers

Week 1

Virtualization, Linux Essentials

Introduction to Linux | Operating Systems | Working in Linux | Open Source Software and Licensing | Command Line Skills | Getting Help | Navigating the Filesystem | Managing Files and Directories | Archiving and Compression | Working with Text

Professional Development – Creating Your Brand

Enhance your brand and marketability by increasing your confidence through public speaking.

Week 2

Linux Essentials

Basic Scripting | Understanding Computer Hardware | Where data is stored | Network Configuration | System and User Security | Creating users and Groups | Ownership and Permissions | Special Directories and Files

Professional Development – Enhance Your Presentation

Deliver your first “60 Second Pitch” and receive feedback. Learn the importance of building and protecting your professional brand.

Learn to “see things through the eyes of the employer.”

Week 3

Netacad Network Essentials

Networks in our Daily Lives | Communicating on Local Area Networks | Network Addressing | Providing Network Services

Professional Development –  Financial Capability Workshop

Attend a comprehensive Financial Capability workshop conducted by our Financial Coach. Learn valuable skills such as budgeting, asset building, reducing debt and more. Following the workshop, you will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one, print out your credit report and have a confidential meeting with the Financial Coach.

Week 4

Netacad Network Pt. 2

Building a Home Network | Network Security | Configuring Cisco Devices | Testing and Troubleshooting

Professional Development – Create Your Marketing Documents

Introduction to resumes and cover letters. Learn to create a powerful resume, and a well written and impactful cover letter.

Week 5

Windows Server / Untangle Firewall Training

Intro to Windows Server | Managing users and groups | Working with Group Policy Objects | Intro to MDT and ADK | Deploying images with WDS

Professional Development – Interviewing Skills

Learn how to skillfully answer interview questions in the form of PAR statements, so you highlight your skills and professional accomplishments.

Week 6

Netacad Cyber Security Essentials

A world of Experts and Criminals | The cybersecurity Cube | Cybersecurity Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Attacks | The Art of Protecting Secrets | The Art of Ensuring Integrity | The Five Nines Concept | Protecting a Cybsersecurity Domain | Becoming a Cybersecurity Specialist

Professional Development – Communication Skills

Learn the correct business handshake, positive body language, proper tone of voice, and many other communication skills that will reinforce your professional brand. Set up a professional email account and ensure that your online brand projects a professional image.

Week 7

CYSA Training

Applying Reconnaissance Techniques | Analyzing the Results of Reconnaissance | Responding to Network Based Threats

Professional Development – The Key to a Successful Interview

Learn how to be thoroughly prepared for an interview, so you create a great first impression. Included are how to dress professionally, how to prepare impactful questions for the employer, how to research the company.

Week 8

CYSA Training

Securing a corporate Network | Implementing Vulnerability Management Process | Vulnerability Scanning

Professional Development – Empathy: Seeing Things Through the Eye of an Employer

Gain an insight into what employers are looking for, and learn to skillfully answer questions that meet their needs

Week 9

CYSA Training

The Incident Response Process | Determining The impact of Incidents | Preparing the Incident Response Toolkit

Professional Development – Interviewing Practice

Practice the interviewing skills you have learned by participating in peer-to-peer interviews. You will also receive valuable feedback from your Career Coach

Week 10

CYSA Training

Selecting the Best Course of Action | Frameworks, Policies, Controls and Procedures | Identity and Access Management

Professional Development – Customer Service

You will learn to be a customer service pro with our Customer Service workshop. You’ll explore the important customer service traits and skills that are required to be successful in business today. Learn “de-escalation” skills and turn unhappy customers into happy, and satisfied ones. (service recovery). Learn and practice the key skill of listening and participate in several role plays to highlight the importance active listening plays in delivering great customer service.

Week 11

CYSA Training

Putting in Complensating Controls | Secure Software development

Professional Development – Mock Interview with Real Employers

Participate in employer-led mock interviews. You’ll get to practice and improve your interview skills with industry professionals

Week 12

CYSA+ Review Course

Practice questions and exams, including SBA’s covering CySA+ Exam Objectives

Professional Development – Create a LinkedIn Profile and Start Your Job Search

Create a comprehensive and structured job search campaign. You will also create a professional LinkedIn profile, and learn its many features. Learn to network like a pro

Week 13

Python / Cloud

This is specific to which AWS Educate course a student chooses to enroll in

Professional Development – Interview Assessment

Participate in the Per Scholas Assessment Panel interview. Students will come come fully prepared to sell themselves, in a real-world setting. The interview will be filmed and conducted by 3 of our most experienced staff members. Immediate feedback will be given and the video will be shared with you and your Career Coach for private viewing.

Week 14


Week 15



Hands-on training along with career development and guest speakers


Sample Schedule

  • Ice Breaker, Hacker News
  • Morning Lecture
  • Break for lunch
  • Hands on training and lab assignments
  • Wrap up for the afternoon and prepare for tomorrow

Learn to Think Like An IT Professional

Prepare to handle real workplace demands by challenging your understanding of course material and scenario problem solving.

Participate in Hands-on Labs

To provide an innovative, hands-on learning experience, Per Scholas provides learners with a tech kit based on their training track and delivery model, whether in person or remote. These kits are designed to enhance the learning experience and will be utilized in labs throughout the course.

Career Training with Employer Partners

Construct a tech professional resume and practice your interviewing skills with employees from some of our employer partners.

Meet Our Graduates

It feels like I have a purpose. I have grown and changed so much. I tell people what I do, and they can’t believe me! They’re so impressed! I am proud to be one of the many individuals who are changing the face of tech.

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How to Be Considered

Learner Profile

You may qualify to become a Per Scholas Cybersecurity Learner if you:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Have a High School diploma, equivalent, or higher
  • Are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have 1 year IT experience or have previously taken IT/Computer Courses
  • Live within commutable distance of the advertised Per Scholas Site
  • Can read, write and speak in English
  • Can attend classes full-time for the entire duration of the course
  • Are able to start a full-time job after course completion
  • Are ready to make an important commitment to building your future
  • Are fully vaccinated In-person courses only

*Women, youth, unemployed, underemployed and U.S. Veterans strongly encouraged to apply

Admissions Process

1. Submit an Eligibility Form

2. Admissions Overview: Once you submit an Eligibility Form, you’ll be directed to our Admissions Overview registration page. During this virtual webinar, you’ll learn more about our admissions process and next steps.

3. Assessments: Each training requires either an academic assessment, tech assessment or both. Information will be provided in detail at the Admissions Overview.

4. Interview: Individuals who meet the assessment score requirements will be invited to attend a behavioral interview.

5. Background Check: Per Scholas believes technology can create opportunities and is committed to ensuring applicants are set up to succeed beyond the training program. Using a fair and efficient platform through Checkr, applicants will receive a secure link, provide the necessary virtual consents and complete the required screening information. Background check results will be provided to both the applicant and Per Scholas.

6. Offer Letter and Onboarding: The Admissions team will review assessment scores and interview results and offer seats to eligible candidates. The learner onboarding process mirrors Employment Onboarding.


Please note, this application process is very competitive and not all applicants will be accepted for our limited slots.

More than a Technical Training

Additional professional development and support included to help you develop the skills you need for the job you want now and in the future.

Modern Facilities

In-Person courses offer each trainee their own lab-based computer workstation for the entire course. Breakout spaces to socialize and study are also available with strict safety protocols like social distancing, mask policies and air purification systems.

A Community of Support

Partner with your classmates to form study groups and create a community dedicated to everyone’s personal and professional success. Learner support resources such as financial coaching, case management, and emergency financial support resources are offered to all learners.

Alumni Advancement

Complimentary upskilling opportunities extended to alumni up to two years post graduation to help them match in demand employer hiring profiles and continue their career growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of jobs can I get after completing this training?

A wide variety: everything from working in an office supporting other computer users to helping secure a global corporate network or becoming a field technician installing and servicing remote locations. You can also seek a job as a vulnerability tester or a security auditor.

They all fall into the general categories of Cybersecurity analyst and network security technician.

Infrastructure management involves keeping computer systems running smoothly and securely at all times.

Desktop support means helping other people—whether customers or employees—use computer systems and software effectively.

As a security auditor you can ensure companies adhere to strict government and corporate policies governing the protection of private information.

Starting salaries vary greatly, but the average is about $45,000 per year.

How can the course be free? Are there hidden fees?

Most people who learn about Per Scholas for the first time think: “Too good to be true.” We know it seems that way, but it is 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.

What professional certifications can I earn?

Students will have the opportunity obtain the CompTIA CySA+ Certification.

What are the safety measures for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In 2020, Per Scholas safely transitioned all of our learners to a remote instruction and learning environment. You can read about our transition to virtual instruction here.


In 2021, as local situations allowed, we began to transition select courses back on-site for in-person learning, following safety protocols that include but are not limited to:

  • All learners and staff complete confidential wellness screenings prior to arrival daily. 
  • Temperature screening at entry. Mandatory mask policies.
  • Reduced class sizes to accommodate for social distancing.
  • Disposal PPE and sanitation items available to all campuses.
  • Regular professional cleaning of campuses.
  • Air purification systems to assist with airflow.


In 2022, we will be adopting a new vaccination policy that requires all staff and in-person learners to be fully vaccinated, pursuant to local, state and federal guidelines. Per Scholas will continue to offer fully remote courses for individuals who prefer this learning environment or who are unvaccinated. 

I receive unemployment insurance benefits or other benefits that require me to spend time working or looking for work. Can I still enroll?

Yes. Generally, 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.

I meet other requirements, but I am not a U.S. citizen and haven’t received my work authorization yet. Can I still apply?

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

I have childcare responsibilities. Can you accommodate me?

We have onsite staff available to help students navigate childcare options. Ask to speak with the Childcare Navigator when you attend an info session.

I have a disability. Can you accommodate me?

We comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws and regulations. Please contact an Admissions team member to discuss your specific situation and needs.

​ Does Per Scholas have a Non-Discrimination policy?​

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.


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