Incorporating UK’s first and only qualification of its kind into CIISec gives individuals the best possible start in cyber security
London – 9th February 2022 The Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) announced it is managing the UK’s first and only Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in cyber security. The Level 3 CyberEPQ will give anyone from 14 years old the best possible opportunity to kick-start their cyber security career and will integrate with CIISec’s broader development programmes to provide a clear pathway to progress.
Originally introduced by Qufaro in 2016, the CyberEPQ provides a starting point for anyone considering a career in cyber security. Now under CIISec’s management, and with rebranding underway, the qualification will become a more integral part of helping people to start and then progress their cyber security careers, from apprenticeship to university to full employment. It will open access to the full support of a professional body and an extensive community, ranging from students and academics at CIISec’s academic partner institutions through to established security professionals and corporate partners.
“We’re delighted to welcome the Level 3 CyberEPQ into our broader programme,” commented Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec. “This qualification provides a springboard for individuals to start their careers, and, embedded within our development programme, it will help individuals to understand exactly what skills are needed to progress in their roles. From cyber digital investigation professionals to system architects and testers to cryptographers to risk management professionals, the variety of roles available in the industry is vast and there are opportunities out there for everyone. This qualification will play a key role in attracting a fresh pool of talent, which the industry so desperately needs to keep up with evolving cyber threats.”
The qualification is underpinned by CIISec’s skills framework, which is designed to help individuals and organisations understand precisely what skills are needed to fulfil a specific role at a specific level. Students that enrol in the CyberEPQ will also have access to CIISec’s development programme, which supports individuals and their employers at all stages of their career, from apprenticeships to junior-level associates, to full members and people at the peak of their careers.
There are no formal entry requirements to the course. Students must be 14 years old or above, and it is recommended that they have studied at Level Two (GCSE level or equivalent). The course is 120 Guided Learning Hours, the equivalent of half an A Level, and is worth up to 28 UCAS points. The CyberEPQ is already accepting new students for 2021-2022
“The CyberEPQ qualification gives an excellent starting point from which to further develop careers in the profession,” comments Steve Furnell, Director of CIISec and Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Nottingham. “By having the opportunity to get involved with real cyber security tasks, it will leave individuals with practical skills that can be measured against an industry-recognised framework.”