MOS 2651 Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer

MOS 2651 Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer

MOS Description

Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer duties encompass all-inclusive encrypted communications with tactical radio platforms, satellite platforms, and data network services from local-level to enterprise-level designs which include but not limited to specialized communications equipment, unit-unique intelligence repositories and computer information technology, and the integration of enterprise services, automated services, cloud computing, converging and emerging technologies, and national-to-tactical reach back capabilities. This duty also maintains connectivity into the Marine Corps ISR enterprise for data standardization, enterprise support and services, network and data redundancy, and disaster recovery. Additionally, Marines assigned this MOS will receive training in computer hardware fundamentals, common operating systems, network security, information assurance, database and data flow management, radio frequency theory, satellite communications, basic, intermediate and advanced networking, network and data science philosophies, information warfare, and cyber security policies.

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Click here to go to Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) program is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce by establishing a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who serve and support, and those who hope to serve and support, in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on the Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which are cross-cutting and enterprise-wide, and depict the Department’s core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and/or be able to do to successfully execute and/or contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards. IFPC candidates must meet minimum eligibility requirements and pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Computer Service Technician (CST) is an entry-level credential for professionals who supply computer support. The CST exam assesses candidates’ skills in performing hardware servicing and system software skills for personal computers (PCs). CST candidates should have knowledge of PC components, operating systems, basic networking, troubleshooting, and safety procedures. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Network Systems Technician (NST) certification is for a network professional who has knowledge of computer network basic concepts, which are applicable to all the various specialty areas of the computer industry. The NST must be familiar with the following knowledge areas: Computer Network Terminology, Network Administration, Wide Area Networks and Devices Used to Extend Networks, Network Architectures, Computer Network Topologies and Classifications, Network Services, Network Operations, Network Standards, Troubleshooting LAN/WAN Test Equipment, Network Server and Workstation Computer System Hardware, Network Operating Systems, and Disaster and Security Planning for Networks. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is for entry-level network engineers that validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is appropriate for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers with a recommended 1-3 years of experience. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s). Candidates must pass the CCNA accelerated exam or the ICND1 and ICND2 exams to achieve this certification.

Important update: On February 24, 2020, Cisco will release a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching certification validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. The CCNP certification is appropriate for candidates with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. Those who achieve the CCNP certification have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer or network engineer. Candidates must hold an active CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification, and successfully pass three written examinations.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an advanced skill level certification for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles. Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP CBK. Earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list will satisfy one year of the required experience. Education credit will only satisfy one year of experience.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA) certification targets individuals responsible for designing, implementing, configuring, and monitoring a secure perimeter for any organization; including routers, firewalls, VPNs/remote access, and overall network design. The GPPA certification exam does not have any education or experience requirements. The GPPA certification replaces GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW) certification as of 1 Jan 2014; this name change reflects the emerging requirements in perimeter security such as Cloud, mobile and virtualization.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals who are responsible for incident handling/incident response. Incident handlers manage security incidents by understanding common attack techniques, vectors and tools as well as defending against and/or responding to such attacks when they occur. The GCIH certification focuses on detecting, responding, and resolving computer security incidents and covers the following security techniques: the steps of the incident handling process, detecting malicious applications and network activity, common attack techniques that compromise hosts, detecting and analyzing system and network vulnerabilities, and continuous process improvement by discovering the root causes of incidents. There are no prerequisites for this certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) is an intermediate skill level certification that was created to provide assurance that a certified individual has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to configure and monitor intrusion detection systems, and to read, interpret, and analyze network traffic and related log files. GCIAs are individuals who are responsible for network and host monitoring, traffic analysis, and intrusion detection. There are no prerequisites for the GCIA certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

Holders of the GIAC Certified UNIX System Administrators (GCUXs) have the knowledge, skills and abilities to secure and audit UNIX and Linux systems. This intermediate level certification is targeted towards individuals responsible for installing, configuring, and monitoring UNIX and/or Linux systems. To obtain the certification, candidates must pass one exam. Training is available but not required. There are no education or experience requirements that must be met before taking the exam.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) certification is for individuals responsible for installing, configuring, and securing Microsoft Windows clients and servers. The GCWN certification indicates that an individual has the knowledge, skills and abilities to secure Microsoft Windows clients and servers, including technologies such as PKI, IPSec, Group Policy, AppLocker, and PowerShell. Candidates should have the knowledge and skills needed to configure and manage the security of Microsoft operating systems and applications, including: PKI, IPSec, Group Policy, AppLocker, DNSSEC, PowerShell, and hardening Windows against malware and persistent adversaries. Candidates should be familiar with Windows 7, Windows 10, Server 2012, and Server 2016. GIAC does not require any specific prerequisites to take the certification exam.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) certification is an intermediate level credential for security professionals that want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security; System, Security, and Network Administrators that want to understand the pragmatic applications of the Common Body of Knowledge; managers that want to understand information security beyond simple terminology and concepts; anyone new to information security with some background in information systems and networking. Candidates may also wish to use this certification as an independent assessment of mastery of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge. There are no pre-requisites for this certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Security Expert (GSE) is an advanced skill level certification for top security consultants and practitioners that is targeted to those pursuing an in-depth technical education in all areas of information security. Knowledge in a particular area, Intrusion Detection or Incident Handling is both important and valuable. The GSE exam has two parts: a multiple-choice paper exam and a hands-on, performed based lab exam. Before a candidate can attempt the GSE, they must successfully complete three GIAC certifications with at least one Gold designation. There are multiple combinations of prerequisite GIAC certification that will meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, candidates must have real world, hands on experience in relevent subject areas.

Click here to go to GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) is an entry level security certification created to provide assurance that a certified individual holds the appropriate level of knowledge and skill necessary for anyone with hands on technical responsibilities in the key or essential areas of information security. The certification is targeted toward IT security professionals that want to demonstrate they are qualified for IT systems hands-on roles with respect to security tasks. Candidates are required to demonstrate an understanding of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts. There are no prerequisites for the GSEC certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) is an intermediate skill level certification targeted towards auditors who wish to demonstrate technical knowledge of the systems they are responsible for auditing. GSNAs have the knowledge, skills and abilities to apply basic risk analysis techniques and to conduct a technical audit of essential information systems. This certification is targeted toward experienced information security auditors and those who have information security management responsibilities. There are no prerequisites for the GSNA certification.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-1), Certified Network Computer Technician (NCT) should have knowledge of computer electronics basic concepts, Internet and networking technology applicable to various areas of the computer industry. More specifically, NCT candidates must be able to function, structure, operate, file manage, install, configure/upgrade, manage memory, diagnose and troubleshoot operating systems and hardware (including motherboard and processors and printers). Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals involved in network and systems security administration responsible for developing the information security policies, standards, and procedures. Candidates manage implementation across various hardware and software programs in their organization. The SSCP is targeted toward those working towards positions such as Network Security Engineers, Security Systems Analysts, or Security Administrators. It is also appropriate for personnel in other non-security disciplines that require an understanding of security but do not have information security as a primary part of their job description, including information systems auditors; application programmers; system, network and database administrators; business unit representatives, and systems analysts. Candidates must have at least one year of paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

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Renewal Period: 2 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching certification validates the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure. Candidates are encouraged to have three to five years of job experience. Candidates must pass a written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands, and then must pass the corresponding hands-on lab exam, which tests the ability to configure actual equipment and troubleshoot the network in a timed test situation.

Click here to go to CompTIA Security+ ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an introductory level certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control, assessments and audits, cryptography and organizational security. Occupations relevant to this certification include computer security specialists, computer and information systems managers, and network and computer systems administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ ce candidates have at least two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ ce certification is also recommended.

Click here to go to GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) is an intermediate skill level certification for professionals working in the information security, computer forensics, and incident response fields. The certification focuses on core skills required to collect and analyze data from Windows and Linux computer systems. The GCFA certifies that candidates have the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct formal incident investigations and handle advanced incident handling scenarios, including internal and external data breach intrusions, advanced persistent threats, anti-forensic techniques used by attackers, and complex digital forensic cases. There are no prerequisites for this certification.

Click here to go to GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals with managerial or supervisory responsibility for information security staff. The GSLC certification covers topic areas including security management, cryptography, incident handling, web security and vulnerability management. There are no prerequisites for the GSLC certification.

Click here to go to Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is an advanced certification for the individual who designs, builds, and manages an enterprises information security. CISM focuses on information risk management as the basis of information security. It also includes material on broader issues such as how to govern information security as well as on practical issues such as developing and managing an information security program and managing incidents. This certification is targeted toward experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities. Five or more years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience is required.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Security COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Security recognizes individuals who have the knowledge and skills to implement, maintain and support extensive Cisco Network Security Solutions using the latest industry best practices and technologies. Candidates are encouraged to have three to five years of job experience. Candidates must pass a written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands, and then must pass a hands-on lab exam, which tests the ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation.

Click here to go to GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) is a basic skill level certification for managers, information security officers, and system administrators who need an overview of information assurance, risk management and defense in depth techniques. The GISF is targeted toward individuals who write, implement, or must adhere to, disaster recovery or business continuity policies. GISF candidates will be able to demonstrate key concepts of information security including understanding the threats and risks to information and information resources, identifying best practices that can be used to protect them, and learning to diversify our protection strategy. There are no prerequisites for the GISF certification.

Click here to go to CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CERT-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certification program is targeted to computer network incident handling professionals, computer security incident response team (CSIRT) members and technical staff, system and network administrators with incident handling experience, incident handling trainers and educators, and cyber security technical staff. One or more years of experience in incident handling and/or equivalent security-related experience.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. With a CCENT, a network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support positions - the starting point for many successful careers in networking. This includes networking fundamentals, WAN technologies, basic security and wireless concepts, routing and switching fundamentals, and configuring simple networks. The CCENT certification is appropriate for IT occupations including network and computer support technicians. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.

Click here to go to GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN) certification is an intermediate level certification for auditors, network administrators and penetration-testers who are responsible for assessing the security of wireless networks. The GAWN certification focuses on the different security mechanisms for wireless networks, the tools and techniques used to evaluate and exploit weaknesses, and techniques used to analyze wireless networks. There are no formal education or experience requirements associated with this certification. Training is available but not required.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) is ideal for IT, information security and information assurance practitioners and contractors seeking to prove their understanding of the RMF. It is evidence candidates have the advanced knowledge and technical ability to formalize processes to assess risk and establish security documentation. Candidates must pass a written exam and have at least two years of cumulative, paid work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the (ISC)² CAP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).

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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks, including the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum emphasizes core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure. CCNA Security is targeted towards job roles such as Network Security Specialist, Security Administrator, or Network Security Support Engineer. There are no formal education or experience requirements, however candidates must hold a valid CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification to be eligible for the CCNA Security certification.

Important update: On February 24, 2020, Cisco will release a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless (CCNA Wireless) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless (CCNA Wireless) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals who configure, implement and support wireless LANs. The required exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Radio Frequency (RF) and 802.11 technology essentials along with installing, configuring, monitoring, and basic troubleshooting tasks needed to support Small Medium Business and Enterprise wireless networks. There are no experience or education requirements; however, candidates must hold a current CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching, or any CCIE certification to be eligible for the CCNA Wireless certification.

Important update: On February 24, 2020, Cisco will release a new, consolidated CCNA exam and a restructured CCNA program. Please see the Cisco website for additional information.

Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) is a mid-level certification that validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. CCNP Security is aligned to the job role of a Cisco Network Security Engineer responsible for security in routers, switches, networking devices and appliances, as well as choosing, deploying, supporting and troubleshooting firewalls, VPNS, and IDS/IPS solutions. Candidates must have a valid CCNA Security certification, or any CCIE Certification to be eligible for CCNP Security, and must successfully pass four examinations.

Click here to go to CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) ce COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) ce certification is targeted to individuals with advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The CASP ce exam is designed to verify an applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and the integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines. Although there are no required pre-requisites, the CASP ce certification is intended to follow the CompTIA Security+ ce certification as the next step in security certifications. A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration with at least 5 years in hands-on technical security experience is recommended.

Click here to go to Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer. Students, those changing careers or just starting, or those exploring a technology career are best suited towards earning an MTA certification. The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS), which requires hands-on experience with the Microsoft technology platform. There are a number of MTA exams available in the area of IT infrastructure, database or developer. Passing one exam earns the MTA certification.

Note that individuals who already have an in-depth understanding of and hands-on experience with Microsoft technologies, might want to start with a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification or one of the Professional Series tracks. Please review the VA website to check which Microsoft exams in this certification track are eligible for GI Bill reimbursement.

Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 is a foundation level certification that validates an individual's mastery of the primary set of Windows Server 2012 skills required to reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Earning an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification qualifies an individual for a position as a network of computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. Candidates must pass three exams related to installing, configuring, and administering Windows Server 2012. There are no experience or educational requirements that must be met prior to taking the exams, however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of experience implementing and administering Windows Server 2012.

Click here to go to Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) is an intermediate-level IT security credential. The CIPT is intended for IT professionals who are responsible for the development, engineering, deployment, or auditing of IT products and services. Earning the CIPT credential demonstrates knowledge of privacy-related issues and practices in the context of the design and implementation of information and communication technologies. There are no experiential or educational requirements for earning the CIPT; IAPP recommends that those pursuing the CIPT certification prepare for the exam.

Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2016 qualifies candidates for a position as a network or computer systems administrator or as a computer network specialist, and it is the first step on the path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). Candidates must pass three exams: Installation, Storage, and Computer with Windows Server 2016 (740), Networking with Windows Server 2016 (741), and Identity with Windows Server 2016 (742). There are no prerequisites to sit for the exams.

Click here to go to Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity Solutions Expert COOL Snapshot page.

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Productivity certification validates that one has the skills needed to move a company to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for an organization. Earning an MCSE: Productivity certification qualifies one for a position in network and computer systems administration. Candidates must hold the MCSA: Office 365, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, or MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification prior to sitting for the exam. Candidates must pass one exam to earn the MCSE: Productivity certification.

Click here to go to CompTIA IT Fundamentals COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
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