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Radford University is delivering Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training (IMPACT): a competency-based education (CBE) workforce development program.
IMPACT is a first-of-its-kind program among four-year public institutions in Virginia. Presently, IMPACT offers a cybersecurity certificate program delivered online in an asynchronous, self-paced manner. The program is available at a fixed cost, regardless of the timeframe in which it is completed.

The IMPACT program:

  • Covers five out of seven domains of the NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • Compliant with DoD 8140 directive
  • Directly aligned with national standards:
    • National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
    • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
  • Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

IMPACT Prepares students for professional certification exams including: 

  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+

*Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation will be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.

Learn more here: https://www.radford.edu/impact

Three program tracks are available including: 

  • Comprehensive track for cyber/IT professionals (18 credit hours)
  • Professional development track for teachers (4 credit hours)
  • Cybersecurity for Leaders (Micro-credential)

 Cybersecurity for leaders include modules for leaders to better understand cybersecurity as related to:

  • Economic and legal cybersecurity risks for organizations
  • Manage the development of a security posture for an organization
  • Evaluate the cybersecurity skills needed for employees