CERTIFIED & REGISTERED
CYBER APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING
The American Cyber Alliance has partnered with ACDS to join forces for a world-class Cybersecurity Apprenticeship and Training Program. ACDS manages the apprenticeship program and ACA provides the content, curriculum, instructors and student training experiences.
What is an apprenticeship program?
The apprenticeship program teaches the objectives of a given employer position by combining classroom-based curriculum from instructors who’ve served within the United States Department of Defense with hands-on field experience and mentorship. This program is a Registered Apprenticeship program through US Department of Labor and Department of Defense (application in process with DOD).
Our Objectives Mirror our Corporate Partners
Source and provide skilled talent to employers in demand for advanced cyber employees
Equip cyber professionals with the skills and tools needed to effectively combat cyber threats
Increase the number of skilled cyber operators
16 Weeks (2 eight-week sessions)
Full immersion training with on-keyboard active simulation, classroom instruction, field experience and mentorship
Course work, including Labs & Projects and guest modules taught by experienced cyber professionals
Our experienced instructors have years of experience being both cyber operators for industry and military
How It Works
Applicants may apply online and we’ll be in touch for additional information
We interview applicants based on partner & instructor guidelines and requirements
Employers should request additional information on being a sponsoring organization
When & Where
Mondays thru Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (FULL TIME)
The program is on-site in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas
Participant: $0 with employer sponsorship
Employer Partner: $15,500 tuition per apprentice*
*Grant reimbursement for the AR employers is available. Ask our team for more information.
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The Need for Cyber Talent
Total # US Cybersecurity Jobs
Total # Arkansas Cybersecurity Jobs
# US Red Team Openings
Sample of Companies with Open Positions
PWC • Murphy USA • SAIC • FBI • Walmart • State of Arkansas • University of Arkansas • Booz Allen Hamilton • AWS • Lockheed Martin • Quantum Dynamics • SpringPoint Technologies • Acxiom • Arvest • Garver Engineering • JB Hunt • Fiserv • Windstream • Oracle • Entergy • Checkpoint Software • Homeland Security Investigations
What You’ll Learn
Cyber Hunter 101 (First 8 Weeks)
The first module focuses in on adversary emulation and managing incident response. Apprentices will learn various strategies to identify cyber threats in a system.
Automating threat intelligence analysis and research
Classroom instruction & on-keyboard Cyber Range simulations
Detecting Command & Control tactics
Cyber Hunter 201 (Second 8 Weeks)
During this module apprentices will get more hands-on experience as a Cyber hunter.
Move out of classroom into a corporate SOC or SCIF*
Incident Detection and Management
Vulnerability and Red Team Management
Improved Blue Team Integration
Participants will gain familiarity with tools and techniques, like:
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Opportunities for Military Service Members
Active Duty military may be eligible for the CSP education transition to civilian employment opportunity.
Enhance current skill set
Complete apprenticeship requirements during transition
Employment after discharge with no debt
Ready to Become a Civilian Cyber Operator? Just complete the easy next steps.
Apply for the program so that we can begin the interview process
Complete the appropriate request for DoD SkillBridge program
Learn more about the DoD SkillBridge program.
Corporate Apprenticeship Partners
Improve your employee skill set and benefit your company in the long term, by developing workforce skills that are matched to your future needs.
Recruit and develop a highly-skilled workforce that helps grow their business
Improve productivity, profitability, and an employer’s bottom line
Create flexible training options that ensure workers develop the right skills
Minimize liability costs through appropriate training of workers
Increase retention of workers, during and following the apprenticeship
Apprentice is or will be a current employee upon start of and through completion of the program
Provide ACA a completed competency assessment report each quarter during the 12 month apprenticeship program, which commences day 1 of the classroom training portion of the program
Provide at least one salary increase for the apprentice during the 12 months
Assign a mentor to each Apprentice during the 12 month apprenticeship program
*Additional details will be provided during corporate partner on-boarding.
Empower Your People.
+ How Do I Register ?
Just click the "Register Now" link at the top of this page.
+ How do I qualify for a Registered Apprenticeship program ?
Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors identify the minimum qualifications to apply for a program. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 to be an apprentice in hazardous occupations. Program sponsors also identify additional minimum qualifications to apply, (e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupation, proof of age.) All applicants are required to meet the minimum qualifications.
+ What Are Registered Apprenticeships ?
Registered Apprenticeships are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies.
+ Is a Registered Apprenticeship a Job ?
Yes, Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient. The average starting wage for an apprentice is approximately $15.00 per hour.
+ How is Registered Apprenticeship Different From Other Types or Work-Based Training ?
Registered Apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors: (1) participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training; (2) programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies; (3) programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction; (4) on-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel; and 5) training results in an industry-recognized credential.
+ How does a Registered Apprenticeship program benefit the sponsor (employer, Labor Management Organization, or Industry Association) ?
First and foremost, Apprenticeship sponsors develop highly skilled employees. Once established, Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, lower the cost of recruitment, and increase safety in the workplace/job site.
+ Who are typical Registered Apprenticeship Partners ?
Through a proven system of public-private partnerships, Registered Apprenticeship partners with a wide range of organizations including, (but not limited to): Businesses, employer and industry associations, Labor-Management organizations, State and local workforce development agencies, Workforce Investment Boards, Institutes of Technology (BCIT), Two- and four-year colleges that offer associate and bachelor's degrees in conjunction with a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship, U.S. Military, Community Based Organizations and economic development organizations.
+ What are the benefits of an apprenticeship for veterans and service members? What apprenticeship programs exist for service members and/or veterans ?
Apprenticeships are viewed as beneficial to both transitioning service members/veterans and employers who are having a hard time finding skilled workers.
Civilian apprenticeship programs offer advanced standing, or provide credit hours for, military training and experience. Any service member can pursue a skill unrelated to their training and experience.
United States Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides active duty Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. The benefit to the service is a cross-trained service member with hands-on experience in all aspects of their MOS/rating.
The DoD SkillBridge initiative is a separate program which allows transitioning service members, within six months of separation, to participate in civilian job and employment training, including apprenticeships and internships. Additionally, the training must offer a high probability of employment and be provided to the Service member at little or no cost.