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The application period for the Cyber Defense Incident Responder Pathway closes on April 19, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy helps civilian federal employees develop their cyber defense skills through training in the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities of a Cyber Defense Incident Responder (CDIR). Students will have the opportunity to focus on professional growth through an intense, full-time, three-month accelerated training program. Those looking to make a career change, join the cybersecurity community, or learn cybersecurity skills are encouraged to apply for the Skilling Academy.

Program Dates

This CDIR session is held entirely online and runs from May 20, 2024, through August 21, 2024 with a mandatory four-hour New Student Orientation scheduled for May 14, 2024.

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 this CDIR session, the Skilling Academy will only accept complete application packages that are received by 12:00 p.m. ET on April 19, 2024.

  • Application packages received after the application period closes may be considered for future sessions if there are slots available.

Acceptance Notification

Applicants for the CDIR Pathway session will receive an email of acceptance or denial no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on May 1, 2024. Accepted applicants are required to attend the mandatory virtual orientation on Tuesday, May 14, 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

Please visit the Skilling Academy FAQ page before applying. If you have further questions and inquiries, please contact the Federal Cyber Defense Skilling Academy at SkillingAcademy@cisa.dhs.gov.

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