Ethical Hacker

Career Certificate

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Ethically attack and test data security

To counter malicious cyberattacks and data theft, you have to learn to hack. As a “white hat” hacker, you anticipate known and evolving ways your network, application, site or customer info can be compromised.

The Ethical Hacker Certificate takes two semesters. You walk away with tested skills in:

  • data security and encryption
  • information governance

What can you do with an Ethical Hacker certificate?

The certificate in Ethical Hacker prepares you to transfer work in IT, programming or related fields, which prepares you for these careers.

Expand your skillset with stackable certificates

The 24 college credits you earn with your certificate in ethical hacking can all apply to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) (63-65 credits). This certificate can also be earned along the way as you complete your A.A.S. with the specialty option of Network Administration and Cybersecurity. That’s one way to stack this certificate toward another credential.

You can also earn a second certificate, upgrading or expanding your skillset. Choose a certificate combination specific to your interests or how you want to develop your career. Choose from these other certificates:


  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    CIT 131 3
    CIT 132 3
    CIT 139 3
    CIT 134 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 131
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 132
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 139
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 134
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CIT 142 4
    CIT 152 3
    CIT 162 3
    • Course Code CIT 142
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 152
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 162
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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