Get the Skills to Be a Computer Operations and Security Specialist Certificate and Degree Program
Computer Operations and Security Specialist Career Training in as Little as 16 Months*
The Computer Operations and Security Specialist Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Operations and Security Programs at Asher College provide the hands-on training, practical experience, and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding IT career. We’ve designed our Computer Operations and Security Specialist certification program to work with your schedule — that’s why we offer day, evening, and weekend classes, and certifications that you earn along the way as you progress.
If you’re detail-oriented, technical-minded, and are interested in getting established in a professional IT career, you could be well-suited to succeed as a Computer Operations and Security Specialist.
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Becoming a Computer Operations and Security Specialist
When you train as a Computer Operations and Security Specialist, you’ll gain the fundamental skills you need to pursue your new IT career. Upon graduation, you’ll enter the professional world with hands-on training in the following 4 core areas:
1. Microsoft Operating Systems
Get the skills to work confidently with the Microsoft Operating System. Once you graduate, you’ll be well versed in the fundamentals and nuances of the Microsoft OS. You’ll learn to perform key tasks such as managing devices, operating system maintenance, configuring user accounts, and installing software.
2. PC Repair and Maintenance
Train in the fundamentals of PC Repair and Maintenance and learn the skills to troubleshoot, diagnose, and fix PC hardware issues. Employers require well-rounded IT personnel who are able to not only deploy a network and fix software issues, but who can also make sure that the basic business hardware is running smoothly.
3. Networking Fundamentals
Learn the fundamentals of network setup, maintenance, and repair. You’ll be able to explain the purpose of a range of networking concepts and implement them appropriately. You’ll also know how to implement proper network policies to ensure stability and business continuity. In addition to other skills, you’ll also get trained in proper cabling and physical network storage techniques.
4. PC and Network Security
Learn the essentials of network and cybersecurity. You’ll get trained in the essential principles for network security and risk management. You’ll also be able to perform network threat analysis, configure network systems to secure applications, and understand the policies and regulations around network security.
5. Linux Operating System
We are going to break down three (of many) reasons you’ll want to learn Linux operating systems. Linux skills are important in this economy because as of May 2022, Linux, including Android, Linux has the largest installed base of all general-purpose operating systems on smartphones. Although Linux, as of November 2022, is only used on about 2.6 percent of desktop computers, the Chromebook, which runs the Linux kernel-based ChromeOS, now dominates the US K–12 education market and represents nearly 20% of sub-$300 notebook sales in the US. However, the biggest reason to learn Linux is that over 96.4% of the top 1 million web servers are on Linux operating systems. *Reference: Wikipedia 12-19-22
6. Earn four more CompTIA Stackable certifications
The PC Repair and Maintenance course, paired with the Networking Fundamentals course prepares our students for their CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications. Together these two courses in the Infrastructure Specialist pathway can help our students earn their CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CCIOS) credential.
Additionally, earning the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications helps our students break into the CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway, by gaining the CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist credential.
The CompTIA A+ Certification that can be earned with skills from the PC Repair and Maintenance course, paired with the CompTIA Linux+ certification will help our students achieve their CompTIA Systems Support Specialist (CSSS) credential in the Infrastructure Specialist pathway. Then climb up the Infrastructure Specialist pathway with the CompTIA Linux Network Professional upon earning your CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Linux+ certifications.
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- CompTIA Linux+
- CompTIA Operations Specialist (CCIOS)*
- CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist (CSIS)*
- CompTIA Systems Support Specialist (CSSS)*
- CompTIA Linux Network Professional (CNLP)*
*Successfully passing these certifications will help students with a new designation to showcase the skills they have validated through successfully earning their CompTIA certifications.
Associate Degree Option Available
Want to take your education to the next level? Take these six additional classes (4 weeks each) and earn your Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Operations and Security Specialist:
- Critical Thinking or Introduction to Psychology
- Business Communication
- Business Math
- Introduction to Business
- Principles of Management or Leadership
- American Government
- Nevada Constitution (Nevada students only)
As a graduate of the Computer Operations and Security Specialist Program, you may find work in positions including:
- Help Desk
- PC Support Technician
- Jr. Data Center Technician
- IT Support Specialist
- Network Repair Technician
- Desktop Support
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Want to enroll in Asher College but don’t have a high school diploma or GED? Earn your high school diploma on our campus so you can gain the credentials you need to enroll at Asher College.
We have an advisory board that helps shape our curriculum. This allows us to alter the curriculum based on recommendations from employers who hire our graduates.
Classes Start Every 2-4 Weeks
Don’t wait around to enroll — our courses begin every 2-4 weeks so you can start your program as soon as you’re ready. Begin your path to a new career quickly with Asher College.
We’re a small college, which makes Asher feel like an extended family. Each instructor and faculty member will get to know you by name and help you along the way.
Asher’s Academy Partnerships
Looking to upgrade your certifications and maximize your earning potential? You’re in luck.
Asher College is proud to partner with many internationally-recognized certifying organizations. We currently offer certifications on behalf of CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, and PearsonVue.
Discover more about these partnerships by visiting our Academy Partnerships page. If you want to specifically learn more about our IT partnerships, then please head over to our CompTIA and Cisco certification pages.
Contact our admissions department today to learn how these certification programs could suit your career goals.
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Get Real-World Experience – PC Repair Clinic
Get first-hand practice and job preparation with our PC clinics. Asher College hosts a PC clinic every week onsite, where free repairs are offered to the community. This gives you a chance to see how you would deal with various situations while on the job. You’ll feel confident and capable when you’re able to successfully make PC repairs by yourself.
Financial Aid: Funding Your Career Training
We offer Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Veteran training benefits. Our Financial Aid administrators and School Certifying Officials will work with you to find the best financial solution to fit your needs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid page.
Veterans Education Benefits: Asher College is rated a Military Friendly® school. For over 15 years, Viqtory Media’s ranking of Military Friendly® schools has helped veterans take their education into their own hands when choosing which schools afford them the best opportunities. Military Benefits Accepted at Asher College include Chapter 31, 33, and 35. To learn more, visit our Veterans Education benefits page.
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