Aspire

Why settle for any job when you could pave the way to landing the career of your dreams?

Go Beyond Average

Employers decide who gets an interview based on a single page description of your qualifications. Top candidates are selected by their unique accomplishments like committing 100+ hours beyond a college degree to obtain a certification. Speaking like a seasoned professional will impress interviewers so much that you can practically call them your future employer.

Mission Statement & Student Eligibility

Our objective is clear, we want to maximize the number of opportunities given to current undergraduate Information Technology (IT), Computer Science (CS), and Computer Engineering (CpE) students entering the workforce upon graduation.

Qualifying Certifications

The 7 state approved certifications include: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Linux+, Oracle: OCA Database (11g), Oracle: OCA Java Programmer I, and CIW JavaScript Specialist.

certifications for IT professionals.

CompTIA A+ is the starting point for all careers in IT. The exam covers mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, network troubleshooting, installing and configuring operating systems, expanded security, software troubleshooting and operational procedures.
CompTIA Network+ is best suited for network administrators, network technicians, network installers, help desk technicians, and IT cable installers. The exam covers critical security concepts to helping networking professionals work with security practitioners, key cloud computing best practices and typical service models, coverage of newer hardware and virtualization techniques, concepts to give individuals the combination of skills to keep the network resilient.
CompTIA Security+ exam will verify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to assess the security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions; monitor and secure hybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT; operate with an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance; identify, analyze, and respond to security events and incidents.
CompTIA Linux+ is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers security, kernel modules, storage, visualization, device management, git, automation, networking, firewalls, server side, command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux.

certifications for software developers.

Oracle OCA Java (SE8) helps any software developer increases their value and job security to any present and future employer.
Oracle OCA Database (11g) maximizes your potential by broadening your knowledge and skills through a wide array of important database features, functions, and tasks.

certifications for web developers.

CIW JavaScript Specialist teaches web developers how to use JavaScript to design client-side, platform-independent solutions. (ie: this website)

To help get to the next level

Eligible students will have their course materials provided to them at no cost thanks to state funding from the ITPF and BoG grants. To enroll for a qualifying certification course complete the signup form, purchase the voucher through Lexi, and upload proof of exam voucher to the signup portal before the 10/1/2021 signup and purchase deadline.

Exclusive Academic Partnership Pricing

Our academic partnership with CompTIA allows for discounted exam vouchers to be sold to all UCF undergraduate IT, CS, and CpE students until October 1, 2021 through a Zoom meeting.

Certification Office Hours

You will first need to enroll into this program through the “enroll now” button on the top of this page. You will then need to schedule a zoom meeting with Lexi through her email below. Please make sure that you are qualified to be in this program by being an undergraduate IT, CS, or CpE student at UCF. Through the zoom meeting, we will answer any questions as well as fill out the paperwork in order to purchase the exam voucher. The office hours for zoom meeting availably is listed below.

Tuesdays 8:00am - 2:30pm
Wednesdays 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursdays 8:00am - 4:30pm
** If these times do not work for you, email Lexi about a possible other time

Certification Retail Cost Program Cost Cost to Enroll**
A+$232 (x2)$106 (x2)$212
Network+$338 (x1)$163 (x1)$163
Security+$370 (x1)$240 (x1)$240
Linux+$338 (x1)$163 (x1)$163
** amount does NOT factor in the $300 institutional aid award, please check for exact pricing
** Oracle and CIW exams must be purchased from them directly, not through UCF. Proof of purchase from them must be sent to Lexi through email

Click Here To Enroll Today!

Do you have what it takes to get the institutional aid award?

Eligible students can also apply for a one-time $300 institutional aid award meaning you can not only get certified but come out with a little extra in the bank*. Simply submit proof of your recently obtained qualifying certificate by the January 7th, 2022 completion deadline.

Click Here To Apply For Institutional Aid Award - Coming Soon

*cost of exam voucher varies by certification

How can we help you get certified?

For an effective communication, please use the @knights.ucf.edu email address. This will prevent personal emails from being lost amid spam emails.

Nanette Aubert
Interim Program Director
nanette.libertyaubert@ucf.edu
Lexi Burn
Interim Program Assistant
Alexis.Burn@ucf.edu