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QA has accredited a number of Cyber Security training courses against the GCHQ Certified Training scheme – at awareness and application level – to provide the highest level of quality assessment and assurance for Cyber Security training during the pilot phase.

GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) helps individuals and organisations quickly identify high quality relevant Cyber Security training courses.GCHQ Certified Training Courses are certified against the IISP skills framework, at the following levels:

Awareness Level
These courses provide an introduction, awareness and overview of the Cyber Security landscape. Typically, they are applicable for those who are taking up a new Cyber Security role or wishing to enter the profession.

BCS Certificate in Information Security Management Principles

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CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional

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Introduction to Accreditation

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Fundamentals of Information Assurance in HMG

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Information Assurance Risk Management for HMG - Day 1

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Introduction to Digital Forensics

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Application Level
Application level courses are designed for specialists, professionals or practitioners within the Cyber Security field - providing detailed insights and understanding. These courses are most suitable for individuals already working within a Cyber Security role who wish to further their professional capability.

Practitioner Certificate in Cloud Security

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Certified GDPR Foundation and Practitioner

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Certified ISO27001: 2013 Practitioner

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The Art Of Hacking

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Advanced Infrastructure Hacking

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Why was GCT Introduced?
The UK Government has identified a significant shortage of skilled Cyber Security professionals and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is working with other government departments to address this issue. With the abundance of Cyber Security training courses on offer, it can be difficult for customers to identify highly competent trainers and good quality courses. GCT addresses this issue – providing customers with a choice of rigorously assessed training providers, thus they can feel confident they’ll receive training that is consistent with industry best practice. GCHQ has appointed APMG as the independent Certification Body for GCHQ-approved Cyber Security training courses, due to APMG’s track record for accrediting quality training providers. APMG certifies the course material, the trainers and administration processes surrounding the course – forming a truly comprehensive assessment process.

What are the benefits of choosing GCT training?

What are the benefits of certification for training providers?

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
CPD points can be claimed for GCT accredited courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for QA GCHQ accredited courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).