184X - Cyber Warfare Engineer

Designator Description


Cyber Warfare Engineers (CWE) are a corps of Officers that are highly trained in specialized areas of disruptive technologies, cyberspace capability development, and the full spectrum of cyberspace operations.  They apply principles and techniques of cyber operations, computer science, and computer engineering to research, design, develop, test, and evaluate software and firmware for cyberspace defense, cyberspace exploitation, and cyberspace attack.

Voluntary Education

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For those designated as part of the Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF), continuing education may be required to maintain Cyber IT/CSWF certifications.  Resources for continuing education are provided below.

Cyberspace/IT Workforce Continuous Learning Program (CLP)

 SECNAVINST 1543.2 CYBERSPACE/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WORKFORCE CONTINUOUS LEARNING

 - SECNAVINST 1543.2 states (excerpts): All civilian and military Cyberspace/IT WF personnel will participate in the CLP commensurate with their occupation, rank/grade, and position. CLP requirements are as follows:

 (1) Cyberspace/IT WF members shall participate annually in 40 hours of continuous learning activities; however, if circumstances preclude 40 hours in a single year, an individual may participate in 80 hours within a two year period to satisfy the requirement. Additionally, hours completed in a previous year may be used to meet the following year's requirement if approved by the person's supervisor. Hours may not be carried over further than the next consecutive year.

(2) General Cyberspace/IT CLP activities may include, but are not limited to, training in multiple cyberspace specialties, leadership training, program management, joint warfighting tactics, ethics, acquisition, and rotational and developmental assignments. The DON Cyberspace/IT CL Steering Group will identify and approve general Cyberspace/IT CLP materials and sources. Additionally, commands may identify and submit continuous learning activities through their chain of command to the Steering Group for review and approval.

 (3) Continuous learning required to maintain currency of commercial certification will be defined by the certification provider. Continuous learning credits obtained in support of commercial certification maintenance or sustainment can be used to meet overall DON Cyberspace/IT continuous education requirements. Note: if the commercial certification requires less than 40 hours per year, the member must also obtain the difference in hours between the vendor certification requirement and the overall 40 hour CLP requirement by completing additional general Cyberspace/IT continuous learning activities.

(4) The annual continuous learning period start date is the beginning of the calendar year. If the continuous learning requirement is part of a commercial IA certification, the start date is the date identified by the certification vendor.

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Note: Please see other certification opportunities under the "LEADER" selections found in the Collateral Duty/Assignments search feature at the top of this page (click "Find & Select Related Credentials", click the "Search For Officers" image, then use the "-Select Duty/Assignment-" drop-down list).

SECNAV M-5239.2, signed June 2016, mandates identification, tracking, and reporting of personnel within the Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) and use of qualifications (i.e. commercial certifications; or Navy Enlisted Classification code (NEC); or academic degree) to validate Cyber IT/CSWF baseline and continuous knowledge and skills. Some Officers may have these Cyber IT/CSWF responsibilities and will need to meet qualifications.

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Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

GI Bill®

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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Some

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 minimum 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)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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