Center for Qualified CyberSecurity Excellence & Mastery

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Licensure and Certification are the two primary types of credentials. Credentials can also be earned via Apprenticeships. The table below will give you an at-a-glance view of the differences between these three groups. Click the headings to learn more about the ones that interest you.

Who Issues? Optional/Required? Unique Features Key Requirements
Licensure

Licensure

Licenses awarded by government licensing boards – federal, state, local Required by law in civilian workforce Requirements may vary by state May Include:
  • Education
  • Training
  • Work Experience
  • Exam(s)
Certification

Certification

Certifications awarded by non-governmental organizations – professional associations, private sector companies Optional, but may be required by licensing boards or employers Multiple certifications may exist from different organizations May Include:
  • Education
  • Training
  • Work Experience
  • Exam(s)
Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship

Certificate of Completion issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship Optional, but in certain construction projects strongly incentivized by federal law Industry funded and operated – may be sponsored by single or multiple employers, with or without a union as a sponsoring partner On-the-Job Training supplemented by Classroom Instruction