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Program Highlights

Immersive & Hands-on

Execute on-the-job, hands-on, industry tasks making you valuable to companies on Day 1.

Group Exercises

Learn how to work as a contributing member of a high-paced, elite cyber team.

Live Instruction

Hone your cyber security skills with expert guidance in an on-the-job environment.

Live Fire

Train daily to understand and fight real cyber threats from advanced attackers.


Get hired by the company and paid a salary during the apprenticeship. Learn more

Flexible schedules

We offer different schedules to fit your needs.

Full-time Curriculum

Duration: 6 months (optional apprenticeship with training)

  • 1st quarter - Fundamentals

    Fundamentals that every cybersecurity professional needs


    1 – 4

    Networking, operating systems, and the latest threats.

    Work within your team to build your own computer networks and defend them from live-fire attacks by instructors. Identify and prioritize critical vulnerabilities in networks and systems and then petition the board to negotiate more cybersecurity budget. Brief real company CEOs on the latest threats targeting their company using the same tools you will use on the job.


    5 – 8

    Identity and access management, monitoring networks and systems for attacks, and penetration testing (ethical hacking).

    Track advanced threat actors through your company’s network and build defenses to stop them. Then, put on your hacker hat to break into companies and hack websites. Hack and defend networks with your team during live-fire events.


    9 – 12

    Digital forensics, malware analysis and reverse engineering, and incident response.

    Investigate an attack on a vaccine research facility with your team and collect and analyze evidence to present in a mock court of law. Analyze and reverse engineer malware attacking Fortune 500 companies and work in your incident response team to build detection engineering to stop today’s accelerated cyber-attacks.

  • 2nd quarter - Specialized training

    Select your career path

    Career path

    SOC (Security Operations Center) engineer career path trains you from a tier 1 SOC analyst level through an incident responder. You will be part of a team that is responsible for monitoring company networks and systems around the clock to defend against threats and will work to identify and respond to incidents.


    1 – 4

    Continue building on your skills in network traffic analysis to hunt threats and use the same tools you will use on the job. Analyze traffic in your cloud infrastructure and work in a team to defend your infrastructure. Perform Dark Web monitoring and triage SIEM tool alerts with ticketing systems you will use on the job.


    5 – 8

    Work in your team to identify Indicators of compromise (IOCs) and write Yara detection rules to detect IOCs of threat actors targeting your company. Write scripts to automate detection and analysis, remove malware from company systems, and continue building your threat hunting skills.


    9 – 12

    Work in your incident response team to investigate alerts escalated by the SOC tier 2 team and respond to live-fire incidents. Build IR playbooks and hunt advanced threats. Identify attack pathways to your company’s critical assets and build defenses against live-fire attacks from instructors. Analyze and reverse engineer advanced malware samples and perform forensic investigations.

Full-time Schedule

Monday to Friday
8:30 AM - 5 PM Central Time
2 hours
Office hour
Expert reach back
Day Prep

Review and prepare for your days objectives.

Projects & Tasks

Participate in an instructor-led team session to understand what you’re doing and why it matters as you protect your business network from hackers, perform a forensic investigation or hunt for threats.

1h 30m
Self-Directed Work

Learn how to problem solve in self-driven learning and project setup, based on projects allocated by your instructor.


Rest and refuel for an hour.

Guided Skills Time

Immerse yourself in a live cyber range as you hone your hands-on skills while hacking into a company to steal data, evading a defense team in real-time or defending your company’s network from a state-sponsored attack.

Project Completion

Refine and put the finishing touches on any projects you’re working on that showcase your skills to potential employers.

Project Team Meeting

Collaborate with and support your peers as you work with your team and instructor on task completion and integration.

System Prep & Team Objectives

Sync up with your team to prepare for your days activities and objectives.

1h 30m
Team Challenge - Defend Against Criminal Hackers

Participate in realistic, team-based on-the-job challenge such as defending against red team (hacking) compromise.

Team Milestone Report

Meet with your team to discuss your first challenge - sharing what you learned and the challenges you faced as you prepare to progress to the next stage of the challenge.


Rest and refuel for an hour.

Team Challenge - Contain Attacks On Critical Systems

Continue with your team challenge by responding to the attackers as they propogate to a financial data center and virtual reality servers.

Team Challenge - Recover from Ransomware Attack

Advance to the next stage of your team challenge by working through recovery options from a ransomware attack and reporting your results to the board.

Team Milestone Report with Feedback & Learnings

Recap the challenge your team faced today, sharing what went well and what could be improved through each stage.

Career Placement

Apprenticeship Option

Once selected, and depending on the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Get hired by the company and paid a salary during the apprenticeship.
  • Get part or full RA tuition paid by a company
  • Receive experts’ guidance on-the-job
  • Get your apprenticeship DOL-certified

How it works

Month 1-3: 100% academy training

Month 4-6: Training combined with on-the-job work

Month 7-12: 100% on-the-job work


Training is remote

On-the-job work may be remote or on-site

Consideration Process

You have the options to be considered at any time during the academy application process or during your study, depending on availability.

Each apprenticeship requires testing and/or interviewing with the company offering the apprenticeship

Early Matching

We begin the process of identifying potential career matches early in the program to help ensure our students and employers alike receive the best mutual fit. From Day One, you'll work through a company-approved curriculum, build your portfolio, with align yourself to open job positions and prepare you for your upcoming apprenticeship.

System Flight Time

In the final quarter, you'll receive micro-certifications that align with specific industry roles. The micro-certifications are what we call "Flight Time" and provide training on the systems required to hit a ground running once you begin your career. System Flight Time includes time with malware, controls and systems directly relevant to your future career.

Full-time Costs

You can elect to take any unit.

Unit Length Cost
Credential 3 courses $2,250
Full certification 8 credentials $18,000

Return on investment

Position Cyber Career (average) Programming Career (average)
Average US Entry-level Salary
USD 70,000 USD 56,000

At RapidAscent, we are striving to create an education that is affordable and attainable for everyone. There are 3 payment options: up-front, installments or deferred.

Upfront Tuition

You can select to pay your full tuition upfront before beginning your cohort.

How It Works

Deadline for upfront tuition payment is by your enrollment date. Tuition must be paid in order to begin your cohort.

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Tuition Installments

An alternate option to paying tuition upfront or deferring until after graduation is to pay your tuition in installments over time.

How It Works

Your tuition payment schedule will be based on your cohort timing and selected payment period. One-third of the tuition payment will be due by the beginning of each quarter, so you can pay as you go.

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Deferred Tuition Agreement

You can also select to defer your tuition payment until after you’ve graduated and begun your career. This is done through a Deferred Tuition Agreement (DTA).

How It Works

By signing the DTA, you agree to pay the tuition once you’re hired and making more than $50,000 per year. Payments will be made over time using 14% of your salary until the $18,000 is paid in full. If you do not get a job, you do not pay.

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A Deferred Tuition Agreement (DTA) is a form of financial instrument, which provides students with educational funding in exchange for a deferred tuition repayment that starts once you are employed with a salary level over $50,000 with a small percentage of the student’s future earnings until paid in full. A DTA offers zero percent interest and is a flexible and safe method to finance your education related expenses as compared to private educational lenders. Because the amo.

With traditional private loans, student-borrowers must pay back the principal amount and accrued interest, irrespective of their future income or employment circumstances? Under a loan, failure to pay back accrued interest can lead to ‘negative amortization’, which means your principal loan balance increases over time despite making minimum payments. With an Deferred Tuition Agreement, there is absolutely no risk of negative amo.

No! Our investment is in you and only you need to sign.

For the DTA the cap equals the tuition so that the total payment will never exceed the tuition amount.

Completing our online application utilizes what is called a "soft-pull", which will not impact your credit score. While your credit score is not a priority, certain merit indicators may overlap with items also included in your credit score, such as: recent garnishments, lien attachments, judgments or tax liens, bankruptcy, or unsatisfied suits or judgments.

Following program completion (and your applicable grace period), your monthly payments will be indexed to a specified percentage (14%) of your pre-tax earnings for the prescribed contract term ? After making ordinary payments over the designated contract term. Since your monthly payments are calculated as a fixed percentage of your earned income, if you become unemployed, face unexpected salary shocks or other work-related financial hardships, your payments will be commensurately lowered, or wa.

Typical private lenders use a grace period because their loans must be repaid irrespective of your circumstances.? With a DTA, however, you will only pay it back if and when you are gainfully employed and earning above an income floor based on your degree or career. With an Deferred Tuition Agreement, your repayments will start only once you are gainfully employed, and earning more than a base amount? So, if it takes you longer than expected to find a job, there is no interest accumulation.

Yes, many cybersecurity professionals work remotely especially post-pandemic. With a DTA, you have the flexibility to keep the contract for the full term and benefit from the built-in protections against unemployment, or you may pre-pay early? The choice is entirely yours.

We are exploring additional financing options for international students. In the meantime, international students have the option of paying tuition upfront or in quarterly installments.

No!? With a DTA, there is no penalty should you choose to pay-off your DTA early. To end your DTA contract, all you have to do is pay the tuition amount that is set forth in your agreement.

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Apprenticeships are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway that provide relevant workplace experiences while acquiring the skills, abilities, and credentials that employers value.

Apprenticeships can provide affordable paths to secure, high-paying jobs and careers without the typical student debt.

The apprenticeship program does not typically require any college or institutional degree. For most apprenticeships, the only requirement is a high school diploma. This said, there are some occurrences where the job apprenticeship does require a college degree such as a B.S. in engineering or may require prior coding experience.

The length of an apprenticeship program can vary depending on the employer, industry, and type of apprenticeship program. Department of Labor certified programs are typically 12-18 months.

The training portion of the program with RapidAscent is normally remote full-time training for months 1-3 (firstquarter) and up to 40% training and 60% on-the-job learning work for months 4-6 (second quarter). The last two quarters during months 7-12 (or 18) are typically full on-the-job work with expert reach back from RapidAscent.

While RapidAscent makes a range of apprenticeship opportunities available to student learners, the candidates must still apply, interview, and be hired to the apprenticeship by the company. For this reason, there is no guarantee by RapidAscent that the candidate learner will be hired into an apprenticeship program even when RapidAscent is the trainer for the program.

"Typically, a company offering an apprenticeship will hire their apprentices with a salary-based entry-level position for the on-the-job component. Depending on the company, they may or may not pay salary while in the first 3 months of training. In addition, some companies, depending on their apprenticeship program, may cover part or all of your tuition.”

Once you apply and are accepted into the RapidAscent program, the current apprenticeship opportunities are displayed, and you are redirected to active apprenticeship programs.

On average, nationally 92% of apprentices retain employment after completing an apprenticeship program and on average earn over $300,000.00 more over their career when compared against their peers who do not participate in an apprenticeship program.

You will receive macro and micro-credentials for completing courses and sets of courses during the training phase and will receive a Credlyrecognized certificate of completion for the apprenticeship program. For partnering companies, the RapidAscent micro-credential may be awarded jointly with the corporate partner’s credential. Typically, the apprenticeships are Department of Labor approved.

Apprentices are required to work/train 32-40 hours per week. While hours may vary, the typical schedule is normally from during a 9-hour workday with an hour lunch Monday-Friday. Some allow for more flexible schedules.

Apprentices are full-time apprenticed employees from day one and, if apprenticeship requirements are met (taking and passing classes and learning through on-the-job training), full job employment is not guaranteed and will be determined by the company upon completion of the program.

This varies by employer and apprenticeship program. Typically, the employer or a grant program may pay for all or part of the tuition. Training material that are required for the apprenticeship program will be paid for by the tuition.

This depends on the company offering the apprenticeship program. The company offering the apprenticeship will list whether it is an onsite or remote training/job. If onsite, the locations will be provided. Most apprenticeship opportunities offered to learners are remote training for the first 3 months.

If you are accepted to an apprenticeship program partway through the program, then typically this previous training can be counted towards the completion of the apprenticeship program. So, if you have already completed the first quarter of the RapidAscent program, then you will be given one-quarter of credit in the apprenticeship program.

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Admission Process


Begin Application

Our online application takes only 30 minutes to complete. We’ll gather basic information so you can set up an account and get started.


More About You

As part of the application, we’ll ask what interests you about cyber and take you through a brief assessment to help match you to industry roles.


Online Interview

As part of your application process, you will be scheduling an online interview with one of our admissions officers so we can get to know you better.


Admission Decision

Following your online interview, we’ll contact you within 2-4 weeks with our admission decision.


Orientation & Enrollment

Upon acceptance and receiving your cohort, we’ll finalize your enrollment and set up orientation to get started!

Begin Your Career in Cybersecurity

Our online application takes only thirty minutes to complete. Get enrolled and join our community of cyber professional.