Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. There are 25 units needed to complete this certificate, for a total of $1,150 in tuition costs. Financial Aid, if available to the student can cover tuition. Fill out the FAFSA to determine eligibility.
- Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
- Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)
- Parking pass ($30 per semester)
- Student ID card ($5)
There are no costs for textbooks. The Cybersecurity certificate program is a Zero Textbook Cost program.
Fresno City College offers financial aid through the California Promise program. Additional resources may include eligibility through the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board/Workforce Connection, Bridge Academy, Reading and Beyond, and/or CalWORKS.
Otherwise, a student can enroll using the normal payment methods, cash or credit card, with the tuition basis of $46 per unit of study for the 25-unit Cybersecurity certificate program.
The Cybersecurity Certificate has the potential for entry-level to mid-level job placement or advancement in IT settings.
It depends. The Cybersecurity certificate is a “stackable” certificate meaning that successful completion of these courses can be used as a foundation for advanced information communication technology (ICT) certificates. The courses in the Cybersecurity certificate are industry recognized courses. A student can apply for a bachelor’s degree program and request the curriculum they have successfully completed for the Cybersecurity certificate to be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. Note that the school for which the student is applying would need to make the decision as to which courses are fully transferable. Consult with a college counselor.
Cybersecurity Certificate program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.
The Cybersecurity certificate is designed to deliver 8 courses for a total of 25 units over a period of 9 weeks for each course (2 at a time). In typical scheduling, this can occur within one year. Each cohort group of students will start and finish the program together. This is a full-time program.
Yes. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange and take specific industry valued certification exams after each course. Instructors at the colleges can provide more information. The examinations are: CompTIA IT Fundamentals (CIT 48A), CompTIA A+ (2 exams, CIT 48B), CompTIA Network+ (CIT45), Cisco CCENT (CIT 49), CompTIA Security+ (CIT 59C), and Cyber OPS (CIT 54B).
No, the student can decide which, if any, national exam he/she wants to sit. The student can sit for all, or none of the national certification exams, but still successfully complete the Cybersecurity Certificate Program, to achieve an entry-level certificate.
The Career and Employment Center can assist with job placement opportunities, or you can choose to take a CIT-19 course for a paid or unpaid work experience to build your resume and begin working in your field of study.
Email Lori Swain, our Business Education Division counselor for additional information.