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CompTIA A+/ PC ESSENTIALS - 144 CLOCK HOURS (CTIA 130)

Textbook: All in One, CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Guide, 9th Edition by Mike Meyers

This course is designed to provide participants with the fundamentals of building a workstation and installing and configuring various operating systems. Participants learn the foundation-level of understanding basic computer systems and common internet technologies and to install and troubleshoot a user’s desktop system. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of installing and configuring Windows operating systems on a desktop and a laptop.

Completing this course and getting an A+ certification affords a wealth of advantages. First of all, it’s ideal for those interested in getting straight into the workforce with minimal time spent on education. It provides you with very intensive training over a short-term period, giving you a broad base of knowledge upon which to start building your career as a computer technician. Another advantage is that it is one of the most inexpensive ways for you to get your foot in the door of this particular field. Information Technology (IT) can be a very competitive industry, so becoming adept at the hardware and software aspects can often pave the way to becoming adept at other challenging careers within the IT industry. It can allow you to qualify for corporate training programs, internships or apprenticeships because it shows employers that you are willing and eager to learn. In an industry that changes on a daily basis, proving yourself willing to grow with it is often the best way for you to achieve success.

Course Topics

Hardware: The Hardware Section provides participants with a detailed overview on various aspects of personal computer hardware. Participants will receive instruction on computer components, including bus architecture, motherboards, CPU/RAM, chipsets, peripherals, I/O-data transfers, portable computing devices, with hands-on experience and practice components. Participants learn to disassemble and reassemble an actual computer. Participants will install various peripheral devices, including optical drives (CD/DVD-ROM), hard drives, video cards and network interface cards. Participants with also learn to build, install, configure, implement, troubleshoot, support, administer, test and maintain a user’s desktop system. Course topics include:

• Fundamentals of Computer
• Computer Components, Disassembly, & Reassembly
• Hardware Installation; Understanding Operating System configuration
• Installing and Upgrading Client Systems
• Managing Applications, Files and Folders, Devices
• Understanding Operating System Maintenance

Software: The Software Section of this course provides participants with the fundamentals to install, configure, implement, troubleshoot, support, administer, test and maintain Windows operating systems on a desktop and laptop computers. Participants will receive instruction on Windows operating system installation and configuration, networking, upgrading Windows, NTFS security, creating users and group accounts, maintaining and optimizing Windows, working with the command-line interface, troubleshooting Windows, LAN and WAN basic, wireless networking, Internet, multimedia, computer security, and virtualization. Course topics include:

• Visible Windows & Networks, Installing and Upgrading Windows
• Windows Under the Hood, NTFS, Users, and Groups
• Maintaining and Optimizing Windows, Working with the Command-Line Interface
• Troubleshooting Windows, Local Area Networking & Wireless Networking
• The Internet, Multimedia, Securing Computers, Virtualization

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objectives and quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam. This course requires a total of 108 in-class hours.

 
Prerequisites
 
There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it’s a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate and with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. It is also advised that participants possess the below listed skills prior to taking this course.
 
• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
 
Certification Exam Prep: CompTIA A+ This course will also prepare participants for the CompTIA A+ (A Plus) certification exam that is an entry-level computer certification for PC computer service technicians. The exam is designed to certify the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers.
 
CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest foundation-level knowledge and skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is the starting point for a career in the Information Technology industry. CompTIA A+ certification proves competence in a technician’s ability to perform essential IT tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance, basic networking and security. It also confirms a technician’s understanding of customer service and communication skills needed to work with clients. In addition to granting you competency in computer hardware and software use, A plus certification is a natural lead-in to other certification programs and will help make you more competitive in the workforce by granting you credentialing that will assure employers of your technological expertise. The A+ exam is open to anybody, although it is designed to be taken by those with at least six months of job experience as service technicians or for persons who have successfully completed a course of study for CompTIA A+. Participants are encouraged to take the CompTIA A+: 220-901 & 220-902 examinations immediately upon completion of this course. Click Here For Tuition and Fees 
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CompTIA Network+/ NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CTIA 131)

Textbook: All in One, CompTia Network+, Exam Guide, 7th Edition by Mike Meyers

This course introduces participants to the fundamentals of networking and data transfer. Participants will focus on domain infrastructure and networking environments using Windows Server. Participants learn to utilize administrative tools required to manage users, share system resources, and perform system maintenance. Participants will also learn to connect computers together and configure transmission media connectivity, which is referred to the methods whereby systems “talk” to each other.

In this course participants learn LAN and WAN concepts, topologies, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model, Ethernet networks, TCP/IP networking, IP v4 and IPv6 Sub-netting, IP routing, Network Address Translation (NAT), technologies, protocols and services, such as Virtual Private Network (VPN) and the Internet. In addition to building one’s networking skill set, this course is also designed to prepare an individual for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam, a distinction that can open a myriad of job opportunities from major companies. The IT industry is a stable and rapidly growing field and the demand for network professionals is continuing to grow. This certification is a valuable credential to help start or enhance a networking career.

Course Topics
• Domain 1: Network Technologies
• Domain 2: Network Media and Topologies
• Domain 3: Network Devices
• Domain 4: Network Management
• Domain 5: Network Tools
• Domain 6: Network Security

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on program in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective and quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it’s a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. It is also recommended that participants possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course and at least 9 months of on the job experience.
• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• CompTIA A+ certification and/or equivalent knowledge.

Certification Exam Prep: CompTIA Network+ Most IT professionals who intend to make their career in networking will eventually sit for several networking certifications. In most cases, multiple certifications are necessary because they deal with vendor-specific applications. This course will prepare participants for the CompTIA Net+ certification exam (N10-006) that tests an overall understanding of how networks operate, including network technologies, media and topologies, device. The Net+ exam is open to anybody, although it is designed to be taken by those with at least 9 months of job experience as a computer service technician or for persons who have successfully completed a course of study in PC Fundamentals and passed the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Participants are encouraged to take the CompTIA Net+ examination immediately upon completion of this course.

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CompTIA Security+/ SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CTIA 132)

Textbook: Get Certified Get Ahead: CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Study Guide Paperback by Darril Gibson

This course is designed to provide participants with the fundamentals and basics of network and operating systems security. Participants will focus on the fundamentals of security knowledge and skills. Participants will learn how to identify potential risks, infrastructure and connectivity, monitoring communications activity, implementing and maintaining a secure network, Anti- Malware products, firewalls, network topologies and devices, and network ports.

In addition, the successful candidate will learn how to apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability, identify appropriate technologies and products, troubleshoot security events and incidents, and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations.

Course Topics

Participants learn the foundation-level of understanding of basic security features, cryptography, access control, threat analysis, risks mitigation, vulnerability assessment, physical and hardware security and disaster recovery. Course topics include:

• Standard 1: Understanding Security Layers Objective
• Standard 2: Understanding Operating System Security
• Standard 3: Understanding Network Security
• Standard 4: Understand Security Software
• Standard 5: Understand Security Careers and Ethics

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on program in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it’s a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. It is also recommended that participants possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course and/or 2 years of on-the-job experience.

• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• CompTIA A+ certification exam or equivalent knowledge
• CompTIA Net+ certification exam or equivalent knowledge

Certification Exam Prep: CompTIA Security+

If you’re an IT professional hoping to progress in your career, then you know that the CompTIA Security+ exam is one of the most valuable certifications available. Since its introduction it has become a springboard to prestigious certifications like the CASP, CISSP, and CISA. The CompTIA Security+ exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to identify risk, to participate in risk mitigation activities, and to provide infrastructure, application, information, and operational security. Participants are encouraged to take the CompTIA Sec+ exam (SY0-401) within 2 weeks of completing this course.

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INTRODUCTION TO CYBER SECURITY - 18 CLOCK HOURS (CSCO 150)

Textbook: Cybersecurity Essentials, 1st Edition by Charles J. Brooks, Philip Craig, Donald Short

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores the broad topic of cybersecurity in a way that matters to you. Participants will learn how to protect their personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why more and more IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding.

Course Topics

• What is Cybersecurity
• What Cybersecurity means professionally and personally
• How businesses protect against cyber attacks
• Why the Cybersecurity job market is growing
• Certifications and degrees in Cybersecurity

Organization

This course is presented in a seminar format presented by the instructor. Participants are encouraged to read assigned topics prior to attending class.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it’s a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. It is also recommended that participants possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course.

• Basic Computer Usage Skills
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills 

Certification Exam Prep: N/A

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INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKS (CCNA-1) - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CSCO 151)

Textbooks: Introduction to Networks v6 Course Booklet by Cisco Networking Academy
Introduction to Networks v6 Labs & Study Guide (Lab Companion) by Allan Johnson

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, participants will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. 

Course Topics

• Explore the Network
• Configure a Network Operating System
• Network Protocols and Communications
• Network Access
• Ethernet
• Network Layer
• IP Addressing
• Sub-netting IP Networks
• Transport Layer
• Application Layer
• Build a Small Network

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for participants at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it’s a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. It is also recommended that participants possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course:

• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• Recommended: Successful completion of the PC Essentials course and/or the CompTIA A+ certification exam
• Recommended: Successful completion of the Networking Fundamentals course and/or the CompTIA Net+ certification exam.

Certification Exam Prep:

Introduction to Networks is the first of 4 courses in preparation for the Cisco CCENT certification and the first of 4 courses in preparation for the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching certification. The CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a career in networking. Having your CCENT means you have what it takes to manage a small, enterprise branch network. CCENT certification is your first step toward CCNA certification and will help you stand out from the crowd in entry-level positions. As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.

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ROUTING & SWITCHING ESSENTIALS (CCNA-2) - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CSCO 152)

Textbook: CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide: Exam 100-105 by Todd Lammle

Routing and Switching Essentials (RSE) covers the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Participants learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with virtual LANs and inter- VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Course Topics

• Routing Concepts
• Dynamic Routing
• Switched Networks
• Switch Configuration
• VLANs
• Access Control Lists
• DHCP
• Device Discovery, Management, and Maintenance

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for participants at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. A prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Introduction to Networks course. It’s also a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Participants should also possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course:
• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• Recommended: Successful completion of the PC Essentials course and/or the CompTIA A+ certification exam
• Recommended: Successful completion of the Networking Fundamentals course and/or the CompTIA Net+ certification exam.

Certification Exam Prep

Routing & Switching Essentials is the second of 4 courses in preparation for the Cisco CCENT certification and the second of 4 courses in preparation for the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching certification. The CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a career in networking. Having your CCENT means you have what it takes to manage a small, enterprise branch network. CCENT certification is your first step toward CCNA certification and will help you stand out from the crowd in entry-level positions. As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.

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SCALING NETWORKS (CCNA-3) - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CSCO 153)

Textbook: Scaling Networks v6 Labs & Study Guide (Lab Companion) by Cisco Networking Academy

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Participants learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Participants will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-tomedium network.

Course Topics

LAN Design
• Scaling VLANs
• Spanning Tree Protocols
• Ether-channel and HSRP
• Dynamic Routing
• EIGRP
• EIGRP Tuning and Troubleshooting
• Single-Area OSPF
• Multi-area OSPF
• OSPF Tuning and Troubleshooting

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for participants at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. A prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Introduction to Networks course. It’s also a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Participants should also possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course:
• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• Recommended: Successful completion of the PC Essentials course and/or the CompTIA A+ certification exam
• Recommended: Successful completion of the Networking Fundamentals course and/or the CompTIA Net+ certification exam.

Certification Exam Prep

Scaling Networks is the third of 4 courses in preparation for the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching certification. The first 2 courses prepared participants for the CCENT certification that validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a career in networking. Having your CCENT means you have what it takes to manage a small, enterprise branch network. CCENT certification is your first step toward CCNA certification and will help you stand out from the crowd in entry-level positions. As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.

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CONNECTING NETWORKS (CCNA-4) - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CSCO 154)

Textbook: Connecting Networks v6 Labs & Study Guide (Lab Companion) by Cisco Networking Academy

This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables participants to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Participants learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Participants will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

Course Topics

• WAN Concepts
• Point-to-Point Connections
• Branch Connections
• Access Control Lists
• Network Security and Monitoring
• Quality of Service
• Network Evolution
• Network Troubleshooting

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for participants at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. A prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the courses: (1) Introduction to Networks; (2) Routing & Switching Essentials; and (3) Scaling Networks. It’s also a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Participants should also possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course:

• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• Recommended: Successful completion of the PC Essentials course and/or the CompTIA A+ certification exam
• Recommended: Successful completion of the Networking Fundamentals course and/or the CompTIA Net+ certification exam.

Certification Exam Prep

Connecting Networks last of 4 courses in preparation for the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching certification. The first 2 courses prepared participants for the CCENT certification that validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. It opens doors to a career in networking. Having your CCENT means you have what it takes to manage a small, enterprise branch network. CCENT certification is your first step toward CCNA certification andwill help you stand out from the crowd in entry-level positions. As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.

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CCNA SECURITY - 72 CLOCK HOURS (CSCO 155)

Textbook: CCNA Security 210-260 Official Cert Guide by Omar Santos, John Stuppi

The CCNA Security courses focuses on the design, implementation, and monitoring of a comprehensive security policy, using Cisco IOS security features and technologies as examples. The course covers security controls of Cisco IOS devices as well as a functional introduction to the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). This course allows participants to perform basic tasks to secure a small branch office network using Cisco IOS security features available through web- based GUIs

(Cisco Configuration Professional) and the command-line interface (CLI) on Cisco routers, switches, and ASAs. This Associate level training validates skills in Cisco Security technologies and system architectures.

Course Topics

• Describing the components of a comprehensive network security policy that can be used to counter threats against IT systems, within the context of a security policy lifecycle
• Develop and implement security countermeasures that are aimed at protecting network elements as part of the network infrastructure
• Deploy and maintain threat control and containment technologies for perimeter security in small and midsize networks
• Describe secure connectivity strategies and technologies using VPNs, and configure site- to-site and remote access VPNs using Cisco IOS features

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objectives and quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for participants at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. A prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the courses: (1) Introduction to Networks and (2) Routing & Switching Essentials. It’s also a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Participants should also possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course:

• Recommended: Successful completion of the PC Essentials course and/or the CompTIA A+ certification exam or equivalent knowledge
• Recommended: Successful completion of the Networking Fundamentals course and/or the CompTIA Net+ certification exam or equivalent knowledge

Certification Exam Prep

CCNA-Security prepares you for the Cisco Security Certification by building on the first 2 CCNA Routing & Switching courses: (1) Introduction to Networks and (2) Routing & Switching Essentials. The first 2 courses in the Routing & Switching curriculum prepares participants for the CCENT certification that validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT certified professionals have the knowledge and skill to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. Having your CCENT means you have what it takes to manage a small, enterprise branch network. By adding the CCNA-Security certification to your skill set you are able to expand your career opportunities even further.

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CERTIFIED ETHICAL HACKER (CEH) - 72 CLOCK HOURS (ECEH 180)

Textbook: CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Bundle, 3rd Edition (All-in-One) by Matt Walker

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) is a professional with competence and intelligence in understanding and recognizing how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker. In this course, participants will be immersed into an interactive environment where they will learn how perimeter defenses work and then be lead into scanning and attacking their own networks. No real network is harmed. Participants then learn how intruders escalate privileges and what steps can be taken to secure a system.

Participants will also learn about Intrusion Detection, Policy Creation, Social Engineering, DDoS Attacks, Buffer Overflows and Virus Creation.

Course Topics

Module 01: Introduction to Ethical Hacking
Module 02: Foot-printing & Reconnaissance
Module 03: Scanning Networks
Module 04: Enumeration
Module 05: System Hacking
Module 06: Trojans and Backdoors
Module 07: Viruses and Worms
Module 08: Sniffers
Module 09: Social Engineering
Module 10: Denial of Service
Module 11: Session Hijacking
Module 12: Hijacking Webservers
Module 13: Hacking Web Applications
Module 14: SQL Injection
Module 15: Hacking Wireless Networks
Module 16: Evading IDS, Firewalls, Hpts
Module 17: Buffer Overflow
Module 18: Cryptography
Module 19: Penetration Testing

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objectives and quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is appropriate for participants at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. It’s also a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Participants should also possess the below listed skills or certifications prior to taking this course:

• PC Essentials course and/or the CompTIA A+ certification exam or equivalent knowledge
• Security and Networking Fundamentals courses and/or the CompTIA Net+ certification exam or equivalent knowledge

Certification Exam Prep

This course prepares participants for the EC-Council Exam #312-50 for Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultant (EC-Council) offers e- Business certification for professionals seeking specialized knowledge and advancement in career opportunities in fields like: IT security, including disaster recovery, secure programming, e-Business and general IT security knowledge. The EC-Council is best known for its professional certifications for the IT security field. There are a wide range of certification programs that cover different aspects of Internet technologies and that are suitable from entry level to experienced professionals. The EC-Council CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) is a vendor neutral, mid-level certification that validates the participant’s skills and knowledge in ethical hacking and related technologies.

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CERTIFIED INFORMATION SYSTEM SECURITY PROFESSIONAL (CISSP)- 72 CLOCK HOURS (CISP 801)

Textbook: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, 7th Edition by Shon Harris and Fernando Maymi

Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) is one of the computer industry’s most comprehensive and prestigious certification programs for assessing and maintaining security IT networking and management skills. Information system security is a unique aspect of business, government, and society today. Professionals who work to protect and secure information systems need a unique set of qualifications, of which technical knowledge is only one component.

This management level computer security course will teach participants to plan, design, administer, and troubleshoot security systems to effectively protect a company’s data in the constantly changing, challenging world of computer networks and information systems. Through eight CISSP modules, participants will broaden and deepen their knowledge of information systems security. Participants will also be prepared for the CISSP certification exam. DoD Directive 8570.1-M- CISSP meets Government and DoD agencies compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and DoD Directive 8570.1-M

Course Topics

• Security and Risk Management (Security, Risk, Compliance, Law, Regulations, Business Continuity)
• Asset Security (Protecting Security of Assets)
• Security Engineering (Engineering and Management of Security)
• Communications and Network Security (Designing and Protecting Network Security)
• Identity and Access Management (Controlling Access and Managing Identity)
• Security Assessment and Testing (Designing, Performing, and Analyzing Security Testing)
• Security Operations (Foundational Concepts, Investigations, Incident Management, Disaster Recovery)
• Software Development Security (Understanding, Applying, and Enforcing Software Security)

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective and quizzes are given daily, and there is a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

This course is designed for individuals who have an Information Systems Security background and wish to prepare for skills in the planning, management and/or administration of information security. Related experience must include a minimum of at least five years direct full-time security professional work experience in two or more of the eight domains. This course is also for Information Technology Security Professionals who wish to not only prepare to pass the CISSP Exam; but also utilize this course as a launching point for other advanced security certifications such as CISA, CISM, CEH, CHFI and related courses. Certification Exam Prep ISC (2) CISSP Exam.

Certification Exam Prep

ISC (2) CISSP Exam

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SYSTEMS SECURITY CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER (SSCP) - 72 CLOCK HOURS (SSCP 190)

Textbook: SSCP Systems Security Certified Practitioner, All-in-One Exam Guide, 2nd Edition by Darril Gibson

This course prepares participants for the SSCP certification that is the ideal credential for those with proven technical skills and practical security knowledge in hands-on operational IT roles. It provides industry-leading confirmation of a practitioner’s ability to implement, monitor and administer IT infrastructure in accordance with information security policies and procedures that ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability.

This entry level computer security program will teach participants about the auditing process for security systems to effectively protect your company’s data in the constantly changing, challenging world of computer networks and information systems. Through the SSCP modules, including security assessment and auditing process, participants will broaden and deepen their knowledge of information systems security.

Course Topics

• Access Controls
• Analysis and Monitoring
• Cryptography
• Malicious Code
• Networks and Telecommunications
• Risk, Response, and Recovery

Organization

This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective and quizzes are given daily, and there is a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

Related experience for the SSCP requires a minimum of at least one year of IT security work experience in two or more of the CBK domains.

Certification Exam Prep

The SSCP cert indicates a practitioner’s technical ability to tackle the operational demands and responsibilities of security practitioners, including authentication, security testing, intrusion detection/prevention, incident response and recovery, attacks and countermeasures, cryptography, malicious code countermeasures, and more.

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MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST - 90 CLOCK HOURS

Microsoft Office software is used in education, as well as in virtually all business, technical, and professional jobs. It’s a must for small business and entrepreneurs. Over two million Microsoft Office Specialist certificates have been issued, and Microsoft currently grants approximately 38,000 certificates per month. A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification helps validate proficiency in using Microsoft Office 2016 and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest Microsoft technologies.

Participants will receive training in the 5 Modules within the MS Office Suite of programs: (1) Word; (2) Excel; (3) PowerPoint; (4) Access; and (5) Outlook. Candidates who pass the MS Office Specialist certification exam show that they can meet globally recognized performance standards. It introduces a new performance-based format for improved testing of a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities using the MOS 2016 programs. Listed below are the individual exams required to obtain the MOS certification and their summaries. The purpose of these exams are to show mastery of the individual modules.

MS Word 2016 Exam 77-725: Core Document Creation, Collaboration and Communication This exam measures your ability to accomplish technical tasks such as; create and manage documents, format texts, paragraphs and sections, create tables and lists, create and manage references, insert and format graphic elements.

MS Excel 2016 Exam 77-727: Core Data Analysis, Manipulation, and Presentation This exam measures your ability to create worksheets and workbooks, manage data cells and ranges, create tables, create operations with formulas and functions, create charts and objects.

MS PowerPoint 2016 Exam 77-729: Core Presentation Design and Delivery Skills This exam measures your ability to create and manage presentations, insert and format text, shapes and images, insert tables, charts, SmartArt and media, apply transitions and animations.

MS Access 2016 Exam 77-730: Core Database Management, Manipulation, and Query Skills This exam measures your ability to create and manage database, build tables, create quires, forms, and reports.

MS Outlook 2016 Exam 77-731: Core Communication, Collaboration and Email Skills This exam measures your ability to manage the Outlook environment for productivity, manage messages, schedules and contact groups.

Earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification can help you differentiate yourself in today’s competitive job market, broaden your employment opportunities by displaying your advanced skills, and result in higher earning potential.

The MOS certification can also lead to increased job satisfaction. Research indicates that certified individuals have increased competence, productivity, and credibility with their employers, co-workers, and clients. In addition, Managers who hire candidates with a Microsoft Office Specialist certification are helping minimize training costs. You will return to your workplace with the skill necessary to succeed coupled with an industry leading certification.

Description/Organization/Prerequisites

The 5 Modules or component parts of the Microsoft Office Specialist program are described and their topics covered are listed below. All modules follow the same organization. This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Groups are created for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objectives and quizzes are given daily, and a mid- term and comprehensive final exam are given to evaluate cumulative knowledge. In addition, the Prerequisites for each module are the same. It is advised that the following skills and exams are passed and/or obtained prior to taking any programs at the VETS Group:

• Basic Computer Assessment Test
• Basic Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
• Basic E-mail Usage Skills

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MS WORD 2016 (MOSP 201)

Textbook: MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Word (MOS Study Guide), 1st Edition by Joan Lambert, Steve Lambert

This instructor-led course provides participants with an overview of the features and functions of Microsoft Word 2016. These days, most people take electronic word processing for granted. It is expected within the business world that documents will be created using the crisp precision of the computer. Software is utilized to minimize spelling and grammatical errors so that documents appear to their recipients flawless. Whether you are an executive secretary or a website designer, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of electronic word processing.

MS Word 2016 is designed to allow the user to create professional documents effortlessly. Its rich features and powerful tools can make work easy, and even fun. In this course, participants will learn how to use MS Word 2016 to create and edit simple documents; format documents; add tables and lists; add design elements and layout options; and proof documents.

Topics Covered

• Sharing and maintaining documents
• Applying page layout and reusable content
• Format text, paragraphs and sections
• Including illustrations and graphics in a document
• Proofreading documents
• Applying references and hyperlinks
• Performing mail merge operations
• Create tables and lists
• Insert and format objects

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MS EXCEL 2016 (MOSP 202)

Textbook: MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Excel (MOS Study Guide), 1st Edition by Joan Lambert

The Microsoft Office Excel 2016 User should be able to navigate the program software at the feature and functionality level. They should be familiar with and know how to use at least 80% of the features and capabilities. This course is designed for participants who want to gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, and print basic MS Excel 2016 worksheets and workbooks. The participant should be able to use MS Excel 2016 to produce professional-looking spreadsheets for a variety of purposes and situations. Users from a wide variety of job roles and almost all areas of professional, participant, and personal life would benefit from Excel mastery.

Topics Covered

• Create and manage worksheets and workbooks
• Manage data cells and ranges
• Create tables
• Create operations with formulas and functions
• Create charts and objects

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MS POWERPOINT 2016 (MOSP 203)

Textbook: MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft PowerPoint (MOS Study Guide), 1st Edition by Joan Lambert

This class is designed for participants who are interested in learning the fundamentals needed to create and modify basic presentations using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016. Participants will explore the PowerPoint environment and create a presentation. Participants will format text on slides to enhance clarity and add graphical objects to a presentation and modify them. Participants will also add tables and charts to a presentation to present data in a structured form and then finalize a presentation.

Topics Covered

• Managing the PowerPoint Environment
• Creating a Slide Presentation
• Working with Graphical and Multimedia Elements
• Creating Charts and Tables
• Applying Transitions and Animations
• Collaborating on Presentations

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Microsoft ACCESS 2016 (MOSP 204)

Textbook: MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Access (MOS Study Guide), 1st Edition by John Pierce

This instructor-led course provides participants with an overview of the features and functions of MS Access 2016. After completing this course, participants will be able to understand database concepts and use the software to manage data in logical and easy to retrieve formats.

Topics Covered

• Exploring an Access 2016 Database
• Creating Databases and Simple Tables
• Creating Simple Forms
• Creating and Managing Queries:
• Creating Simple Reports

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Microsoft OUTLOOK 2016 (MOSP 205)

Textbook: MOS 2016 Study Guide for Microsoft Outlook (MOS Study Guide), 1st Edition by Joan Lambert

This instructor-led course introduces the 2016 interface and gets participants up and running quickly working with messages, calendars, and contacts. An organization and employee would be considered archaic without some knowledge and usage of email. This form of communication now dominates the business world to the point that most organizations communicate via some form of management system such as MS Outlook to handle messages and meeting invitations in-house.

In this course, the participant will learn to use Outlook to send, receive and manage email messages, manage contact information, schedule appointments and meetings, create tasks and notes and customize the Outlook interface.

Topics Covered

• New features in Outlook
• Ribbon, Tabs, Groups, and Commands
• The Backstage View
• Setting up accounts and work with messages
• Calendars and contacts
• Using the Tell Me feature and other new features in 2016

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INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT - 36 CLOCK HOURS (PMPP 301)

Textbook: An Introduction to Project Management, 6th Edition by Kathy Schwalbe

This course is an introduction to crucial project management concepts. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. This course is ideal for less-experienced project practitioners who want to demonstrate their commitment to project management, improve their ability to manage larger projects, earn additional responsibility and stand out to potential employers.

Course Topics 

The process groups and knowledge areas covered include planning, scoping, scheduling, budgeting, communication, and change management.

Organization

This is a lecture course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

The school policy requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Note: To apply for the CAPM certification, you must have one of the following:

• A secondary-level diploma (high school or equivalent) and at least 1,500 hours of project management experience
• Non-graduated require 5 years/7500 hours of professional project experience
• Twenty-three hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam

Certification Exam Prep

Upon completion of Introduction to Project Management participants may apply for the CAPM certification exam.

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ADVANCED PROJECT MANAGEMENT - 36 CLOCK HOURS (PMPP 302)

Textbook: Advanced Project Management: Best Practices on Implementation by Harold Kerzner

This course is an in-depth study of advanced project management topics such as risk management, resource management, cost management and measurement, as well as contract and vendor management. Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and Case Study will be emphasized.

Course Topics 

The 5 process groups and 10 knowledge areas as prescribed by PMI – PMBOK v5.

Organization

This is a lecture course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

The school policy requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Note: To apply for the PMI certification, you have successfully completed one of the following:

• Non-graduates require 5 years/7500 hours of professional project experience
• Graduates require 3 years/4500 hours of professional project experience
• Thirty-five hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam

Certification Exam Prep

Upon completion of Introduction to Project Management and Advanced Project Management courses, participants will be prepared for the Project Management Institute (PMI) certification exam. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, established by the Project Management Institute (PMI), is one of the most valued and respected credentials in project management. Earning and maintaining this PMI project management certification demonstrates a solid foundation of experience and competency in effectively managing projects and project teams.

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INTRODUCTION TO WEB DEVELOPMENT - 54 CLOCK HOURS (WDCP 701)

Textbook: Web Development and Design Foundations with HTML, 8th Edition By Terry Felk-Morris

Nobody builds website by writing code anymore! This course is designed to teach participants real- world web development skills that will enable them to create beautiful, functional, fullyfeatured websites for themselves, family, friends and colleagues without writing code. Participants explore the prevailing vocabulary, tools, and standards used in the field and learn how the various facets— including HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, multimedia, scripting languages, HTTP, clients, servers, and databases—function together in today’s web environment.

This course is ideal for those wanting to enter the web development field or those in other professional positions looking to take on web development responsibilities at work Participants will learn core languages and technologies from both the client and server side. They will also learn key non-technical skills like project management to impress employers and succeed in any web development environment.

Course Topics 

• HTML, XHTML
• CSS Basics
•Wordpress
• JavaScript
•Ajax
•HTTP
• Clients, servers, databases

Organization

This is a lecture course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

Basic familiarity working with computers, including file management.

Certification Exam Prep: Certified Web Designer Apprentice.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT - 54 CLOCK HOURS (WDCP 702)

Textbook: Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS and HTML, 3rd Edition by Robin Nixon

This course provides a solid web development foundation, focusing on content and clientside (browser) components (HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, multimedia), with an overview of the server-side technologies. In addition, software and services that are easily incorporated into a website (for example, maps, checkout, blogs, content management) are surveyed and discussed. Participants produce an interactive website on the topic of their choice for the final project and leave the course prepared for more advanced and focused web development studies.

While this is not specifically a programming course, participants will learn a great deal about programming while learning JavaScript and Ajax.

Course Topics 

• Learn WordPress, HTML, CSS, PHP, and dynamic tools such as JavaScript and AJAX
• Design and build dynamic, modern websites
• Programming and coding skills
• Communication, project management and organizational skills

Organization

This course is project-driven, based on real-world scenarios and focuses on practical skills for professional development. Topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

Basic familiarity working with computers, including file management. The Introduction to Web Development course is recommended. Although a programming background is helpful, it’s not a requirement for learning the powerful features of JavaScript. While this is not specifically a programming course, participants will learn a great deal about programming while learning JavaScript.

Certification Exam Prep: Certified Web Developer Apprentice

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TOWER CLIMBER SAFETY & RESCUE - 90 CLOCK HOURS (WTCP 601)

Textbook: ComTrain’s Tribute to Safety: Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue – 4th Edition by Jr. Winton W. Wilcox

The Tower Climber Safety & Rescue course is designed to educate participants on fall protection standards and techniques, the equipment they must wear and how to use it; as well as the risks associated with working at height. Participants will learn to establish a safe work environment, safe work practices, and the safe implementation of emergency procedures.

We are committed to ensuring that all of our participants meet the unique qualifications needed for working at height. This includes the physical requirements, a demonstration of the knowledge and practical skills required to safely perform elevated work activity, as well as recognition and mitigation of the hazards associated with the Telecommunication industry. 

This program will also prepare participants to recognize and care for a variety of Occupational Safety & Hazards Administration (OSHA) Construction Job site 30-hour training certificate, as well as, first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements

Course Topics 

• Fall Protection Hierarchy – orientation, systems and theory
• Summary of applicable standards
• Introduction to OSHA-10 & OSHA-30
• American Red Cross CPR/First Aid
• Pre-job Planning and Site Analysis
• Basic Principles of Aerial Lifts
• Anchor points — determination and design criteria
• Components of Personal Fall Arrest Systems
• Techniques/Mechanics of Climbing
• Basic Rigging Principles
• Industry Hazards — assessment and mitigation
• Equipment Care and Maintenance
• Rescue – Practice, Theory, and Rescue Plans

Organization

By reinforcing safe work practice theories through exercises and scenarios, we allow an immediate opportunity for participants to apply these concepts in a real-world environment. Our goal is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to be competent and confident tower technicians. A combination of lectures, custom and generic video programs, slides and equipment demonstrations are also used to ensure that participants understand hazard assessment and protection. The material covered includes pre-climb safety and planning, environmental and structural hazard assessment, tools and equipment, body mechanics, suspension procedures and emergency techniques.Participants will also receive 3 days of practice at a tower site. Everyone will climb and descend the tower using either a safe climb device, a vertical lifeline rigged as a temporary safe climb device, or both. Participants will maneuver across the structure maintaining 100% connection and working with both lanyards and SRLs. Participants will rig and use a temporary horizontal lifeline if the structure allows. Each participant will perform two rescue exercises using an ascending/descending system, a suspension device, or both. One rescue will be done as the simulated fallen climber and one as the rescuer. Participants will de-rig the structure and hold a post-exercise review.

Prerequisites

Higher education typically isn’t a large concern in a tower climber position. High school is usually the minimum requirement. If you plan to do more than general tower climbing and repair, such as RF maintenance, then an RF or a mechanical engineering degree may be required. If you don’t have tower climbing experience, then construction experience is a big plus, especially if it involved scaffolding or working at heights at all. Similarly, work at heights with wind turbines, ships, or electrical also looks good on a resume. Companies and recruiters also like to see military experience. Not only does it show commitment and the ability to work hard, it also shows teamwork and leadership qualities, all of which are important in being a tower climber. The background and experience required heavily depends on the company. Many companies don’t even bother with non-experienced tower climbers. Others, however, like hiring inexperienced people because it means they’re not already stuck in their ways of performing various job-related tasks.

Certification Exam Prep: 

The Successful completion of this course is dependent upon passing the written exam and satisfactory demonstration of skills on the tower. The online portion must be completed prior to the classroom skill session and must be taken on a Flash-enabled computer with a high-speed Internet connection. Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. Participants will also receive the 30-hour OSHA Construction Industry outreach training certificate. This course meets the Comtrain Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training as per ASSE/ANSI Z490.1, the NATE CTS and ASSE/ANSI Z359.2, the minimum requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, found in the ASSE/ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code. (Certification is valid for 2 years.)

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WIRELESS CONSTRUCTION STANDARD - 90 CLOCK HOURS (WTCP-602)

Textbook: OSHA Construction Standards and Regulations (29 CFR 1926) by Mancomm

This course is intended to give new workers, or workers who have had no official training, the basics to recognize the hazards that may occur on the job and build a foundation of knowledge for additional classroom and practical training. This course will prepare participants for better comprehension of the materials they are being taught.

Course Topics 

• Basic Capstan Hoist Principles
• Basic Gin Pole Principles
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.
• Crane Spotter and Signal Person Principles
• General Safety & Health Provisions
• Occupational Health & Environmental Controls
• Fire Protections and Prevention
• Materials Handling, Storage, Tools (Hand & Power)
• Excavations and Scaffolds
• Fiber to the Antenna; Antenna Line Sweeps
• PIM Testing

Organization

By reinforcing safe work practice theories through exercises and scenarios, we allow an immediate opportunity for participants to apply these concepts in a real-world environment. Our goal is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to be competent and confident tower technicians. A combination of lectures, custom and generic video programs, slides and equipment demonstrations are used to ensure that participants understand hazard assessment and protection. The material covered includes pre-climb safety and planning, environmental and structural hazard assessment, tools and equipment, body mechanics, suspension procedures and emergency techniques.

Prerequisites

Higher education typically isn’t a large concern in a tower climber position. High school is usually the minimum requirement. If you plan to do more than general tower climbing and repair, such as RF maintenance, then an RF or a mechanical engineering degree may be required. If you don’t have tower climbing experience, then construction experience is a big plus, especially if it involved scaffolding or working at heights at all. Similarly, work at heights with wind turbines, ships, or electrical also looks good on a resume. Companies and recruiters also like to see military experience. Not only does it show commitment and the ability to work hard, it also shows teamwork and leadership qualities, all of which are important in being a tower climber. The background and experience required heavily depends on the company. Many companies don’t even bother with non-experienced tower climbers. Others, however, like hiring inexperienced people because it means they’re not already stuck in their ways of performing various job-related tasks.

Certification Exam Prep: 

The Successful completion of this course is dependent upon passing the written exam and satisfactory demonstration of skills on the tower. A final exam will be given at the conclusion of the course and, upon successful completion of the exam, the participant will be issued a Certificate of Completion and a Wallet Card.

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CABLE INSTALLER -1 __ 54 CLOCK HOURS (BICSI 401)

Textbook: Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) by BICSI

This course is designed to provide entry level cable installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function effectively on the job.

Course Topics 

• Industry orientation
• Codes and standards & industry best practices
• Safety
• Professionalism
• Structured premises cabling systems
• Media
• Job site skills

Organization

This is an instructor-led course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

The school policy requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Little or no experience is needed to sit for this course. However, BICSI strongly recommends reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam.

BICSI Installer 1 Exam Prep: 

Participants must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. Candidates are required to have a general understanding of key US Program Objectives. You must be approved by BICSI.

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CABLE INSTALLER - 2 COPPER - 54 CLOCK HOURS (BICSI 402)

Textbook: Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking by Andrew Oliviero and Bill Woodward

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for a structured cabling systems installation. Participants will receive an overview of copper transmission principles, professionalism, life-safety and general industry best practices, as related to copper. An advanced study of copper splicing, testing and troubleshooting will also be covered.

Course Topics 

• Codes and standards & industry best practices — Fire-stopping
• Copper transmission principles — Safety
• Professionalism — Retrofits
• Testing/troubleshooting of copper cable — Field coordination
• Telecommunication pathways & spaces — Termination of copper cable
• Bonding, grounding (earthing) and protection

Organization

This is an instructor-led course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

The school policy requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Little or no experience is needed to sit for this course. However, successful completion of the Cable Installer-1 course is highly recommended. BICSI strongly recommends a minimum of 50 hours of independent study reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam.

BICSI Installer 2 Copper Exam Prep: 

Participants must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. Candidates are required to have a general understanding of key US Program Objectives. You must be approved by BICSI.

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CABLE INSTALLER - 3 OPTICAL FIBER - 54 CLOCK HOURS (BICSI 403)

Textbook: Cabling: The Complete Guide to Copper and Fiber-Optic Networking by Andrew Oliviero and Bill Woodward

This course is designed to provide entry level cable installers with an overview of fiber transmission principles, professionalism, life safety and industry best practices, as related to fiber. A significant amount of course time will be spent on the splicing, testing and troubleshooting of optical fiber cable.

Course Topics 

• Introduction to field coordination
• Telecommunication pathways and spaces
• Fire-stopping, Testing/troubleshooting optical fiber cable
• Professionalism, Safety, Retrofits
• Installation/pulling optical fiber cable

Organization

This is an instructor-led course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

The school policy requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Little or no experience is needed to sit for this course. However, BICSI strongly recommends reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam. It is also recommended that participants complete the Installer 1 and Installer 2-Copper courses prior to this course.

BICSI Installer-3 Optical Fiber Exam Prep: 

Participants must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. Candidates are required to have a general understanding of key US codes.

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CABLE INSTALLER - 4 TECHNICIAN - 54 CLOCK HOURS (BICSI 404)

Textbook: Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) by BICSI

This course is designed to provide the necessary skill set of a structured cabling systems technician. Participants will receive an advanced study of copper terminating, testing and troubleshooting. A significant amount of time will be spent on the splicing, testing and troubleshooting of optical fiber cable. This course will also cover site surveys, blueprint reading, network infrastructure, project management and emerging technologies within cabling installation.

Course Topics 

• Safety, bonding, grounding and protection
• Telecommunication room/equipment room design
• Advanced cooper termination
• Optical fiber splicing and retrofits
• Planning and project management
• Installation special topics

Organization

This is an instructor-led course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands-on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods or for homework. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objective quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Prerequisites

The school policy requires all participants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. Little or no experience is needed to sit for this course. However, BICSI strongly recommends reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam. It is also recommended that participants complete the Installer 1, Installer 2-Copper, and the Installer-3 Optical Fiber courses prior to this course.

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