Cybersecurity Credentials at SWCC

Earn nationally recognized cybersecurity credentials at Southwest

Cybersecurity credentials are in high demand for career advancement for current IT professionals, and are also beneficial for individuals across a variety of jobs and organizations. This program is great for those wanting to tap into the increased need for IT positions due to the COVID-19 response, as well as companies concerned with keeping their businesses secure.
A recognizable cybersecurity credential will enhance a resume and attract the attention of hiring personnel. A recent SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security) survey reported salary increases of up to 5% for employees who gained a cybersecurity credential or certification. ALL COURSEWORK MAY BE COMPLETED ENTIRELY ONLINE. TUITION-FREE OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

The Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate offers all coursework online - tuition assistance is available through county sponsored free tuition programs as well as financial aid and scholarships.

Professionals with Cybersecurity Credentials are in demand

Many cybersecurity jobs are currently unfilled in the Commonwealth of Virginia with average salaries of $88,000.  Most of these jobs do not require four-year degrees; therefore, it positions Southwest Virginia Community College to provide training opportunities for individuals interested in a career in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity positions, also referred to as Information Security Analysts, are in high demand.  

SWCC’s Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology division (BEIT) also offers several ways to gain nationally recognized and vendor neutral cybersecurity credentialing.

ENROLL HERE FOR Cybersecurity Courses for Licensure Preparation - Enroll in ongoing non credit coursework to prepare you for a variety of cybersecurity credentials. Contact Workforce & Continuing Education at or 276.964.7244 for more information about cybersecurity training available now.

Cybersecurity Training & Certification Exams

The Information Technology Ready and Security Basics course provides in-class/hybrid training and preparation for a certification exam.

The course will prepare you with computer repair, tech support, and security skills and knowledge, and will ensure you meet entry-level IT and Security job requirements.

Upon completion of the Information Technology Ready and Security Basics course you will be prepared to take certifications/credentials examinations in:

  • Microsoft Digital Literacy & CompTIA IT Fundamentals – 43 Hours Training – 3 Hour exam prep session
  • CompTIA  A+ - 88 Hours Training and 6 Hour exam prep session
  • CompTIA Network + - 48 Hours Training and 3 Hour exam prep session
  • CompTIA Security+ - 48 Hours Training and 3 Hour exam prep session

Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate Program & Exams

The Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program is a two semester, 29 credit hour, course of study designed to launch your career in the field of Cybersecurity. Graduates will be prepared for employment as network security specialists, Internet security specialists, or similar security related employment fields.

The Cybersecurity CSC is designed to provide students with the technical and problem solving expertise needed to actively protect assets connected to a network. Students will gain the knowledge and training to implement defense, recognize unauthorized access, and take action to minimize threats to their network & computing environment.academia

Industry information about the benefits of cybersecurity credentials:

CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway

Certification Roadmap

IA Certification




Wayne Robinette, one of our previous students, says he no longer wants to be distressed with layoffs and financial budget worries but wants to truly provide a good stable income for his family.  After reading recent reports of 60,000+ cybersecurity jobs in Virginia, Robinette enrolled in SWCC’s cybersecurity program.  He says, “Due to budget cuts, I lost my position as a supervisor.  My current position is a production technician and SWCC’s program allows a flexible schedule that gives me the opportunity to work, as well as pursue a career in cybersecurity.”

Tristan Woodard is a young student who enrolled in SWCC’s Cybersecurity program.  Woodard states, “While in high school I made the decision to pursue a career in Cybersecurity.  Information technology is ever evolving and in a constant state of change.”