CDA COHORT 13 – June 2024

8:00 a.m. ET – 5:00 p.m. ET, M-F for three months
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The application period for the Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) Cohort 13 closes on May 27, 2024

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy provides full-time federal employees an opportunity to focus on professional growth through an intense, full-time, three-month accelerated training program. Those looking to learn the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities of a Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) are encouraged to apply. 

Program Dates

Cohort 13 is held entirely online and runs from June 10, 2024, through September 12, 2024, with a mandatory four-hour New Student Orientation scheduled for June 3, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

If accepted, you will be required to participate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, excluding federal holidays. Please note that you will not be able to maintain your alternative work schedule during the program. It is expected that you will return to your regular duty assignment during breaks unless your home agency has approved leave.

Application Deadline

For Cohort 13 starting on June 10, 2024, the Skilling Academy will only accept complete application packages that are received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday May 27, 2024.

Acceptance Notification

Applicants for the Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) cohort will receive an email of acceptance or denial no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on May 13, 2024.

Please note, accepted applicants are required to attend the mandatory virtual orientation on June 3, 2024. The accepted applicant’s supervisor will also be invited to attend the orientation. It is highly recommended that supervisors attend the first half of orientation.

How to Apply

Please visit the How to Apply section of the Skilling Academy webpage for details on how to apply.

Contact Us

For questions and inquiries, please contact the Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy at SkillingAcademy@cisa.dhs.gov.