CompTIA Security+

In this non-credit course, you will build on your knowledge and professional experience with security fundamentals, networks, and organizational security as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network. This is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, devices and traffic, including the physical security elements and operational security measures for your organization as a whole.

Courses are face-to-face, and attendance is required.

  • Length: 35 total hours. See registration tab for course schedule options.

This is the third non- credit course in the free Intensive Cybersecurity training course series for qualified applicants.

Other courses include:

  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA CSA+

Qualified applicants receive free training that includes learning materials, hand-on labs, and exam vouchers for CSA+ and Network+.

Veterans, underrepresented groups, and career changers are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

Training is provided through funding made available from the National Security Agency (NSA) (Grant#: H98230-17-1-0329), the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Grant#: 1539715), Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, and MnCyber.

This non-credit course will prepare you to take the CompTIA exam to earn the CompTIA Security+ Certification.  This is a vendor-neutral and globally recognized industry certification.

CompTIA Security+ meets the ISO 17204 standard and is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements.  It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

The exam is not part of the course; participants will need to register and pay for the exam with CompTIA.

Metropolitan State University is a CompTIA Academy Partner.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

The target participant is someone who has CompTIA Network+ Certification, has completed CompTIA Network+ training or has equivalent work or life skills.

For the free intensive cybersecurity training course series, applicants should be a veteran, from an underrepresented group, or career changers.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

Gain skills and knowledge to:

  1. install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices
  2. perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques
  3. participate in risk mitigation techniques
  4. operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations
  5. ensure data and systems confidentiality, integrity, and availability
  1. Participants must have one of the following:
  • A CompTIA Network+ certification or
  • Taken the CompTIA Network+ course or
  • Pass the sample CompTIA Network+ test – attend the required information session to register for this sample test.
  1. To be admitted to the cybersecurity training program, participants must attend a required informational session.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

  • Price: Due to funding provided by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, there is no cost to take this course for qualified applicants selected by Metropolitan State University faculty.
  • Course Texts: provided
  • Food: No food or beverage is included in the price of this course
  • Location: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center 
  • Parking:   Ramp for a $5 daily fee

Register for an informational session at

Looking for credit courses in cybersecurity?  Check out the Cybersecurity Minor at Metro State.

IT Center of Excellence

Minnesota High Tech Association

Spring Weeknight Track Option:

  • April 3 – May 3, 2018 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • A required exam prep and career coaching session on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Metropolitan State University Science Education Center (SEC) building in room 121.

Steps for registration:

If you have not previously attended an informational session, sign up for the required information session.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.