Security Specialist

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Security Specialist program is designed to prepare students for entry-level computer maintenance, help desk, and network technician jobs with an emphasis on security. The courses focus on the development of knowledge and skills in computer and security technologies including system components, installation, system configuration, peripheral devices, and notebooks. Emphasis is placed on preventing, identifying, and mitigating threats to the security of information systems and utilizing the basic tools for information security. This program helps prepare participants for the CompTIA A+, and Security+ certification exams. Students who complete this program may seek employment in a variety of environments. Students can also pursue additional certificates of competency (CCTs) or completion (CCLs) in a variety of specializations within the information technology field to deepen their knowledge and skills and help prepare them for multiple industry certification examinations. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Security Specialist (CER)
Academic Plan Code
1166N
Total Clock Hours Required
418
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Notes

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students who pursue this certificate of competency (CCT) should have a basic level of computer literacy including navigating the internet and computer systems or take ISP105 as indicated in the required courses. Students with the requisite skills may have the ISP105 requirement waived by permission of the Program Director.

All courses within the required course area are not applicable if taken more than five (5) years prior to the completion of the program. Consult with an academic advisor or program director for exceptions.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Assess computer hardware and software using critical thinking, industry standard tools, and best practices to demonstrate proper installation, configuration, maintenance, and service.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications.
  3. Assess operating systems using critical thinking, industry standard tools, and best practices to demonstrate proper installation, configuration, maintenance, and service.
  4. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision-making and actions.
  5. Manage administrative access and user security policies within systems.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers

$39,010

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Block

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
ISP105 Computer Information Systems 52
CSN170 A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support 110
CSN270 A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support 110
CSN110 Information Security Fundamentals 122
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Security Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=153364).


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