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  • Educational sessions like this one from last year’s TechNet Augusta Conference provide continuing education credits.
     Educational sessions like this one from last year’s TechNet Augusta Conference provide continuing education credits.

Chapters Offer Education for Maintaining Cyber Certifications

The Cyber Edge
April 1, 2017

AFCEA International’s Continuing Education (CE) program has grown dramatically since its start in 2012. The program primarily supports maintenance of CompTIA and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) related to Department of Defense Directive 8570.01-M compliance but also fulfills some continuing education and cybersecurity certification maintenance requirements for the (ISC)2, the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and the Defense Acquisition Workforce. In addition, AFCEA Leadership Forums have been approved for George Mason University continuing education units (CEUs). 

AFCEA members receive the additional benefit of formal attendance documentation for many sessions approved for certification maintenance. Emails documenting attendance have been coordinated with CompTIA and GIAC to ensure the documentation meets their requirements.

Recent program growth has been at the chapter level. In 2016, 14 chapters offered continuing education credit at events: Augusta-Fort Gordon; Bethesda; Central Virginia; Eifel; Fort Knox Gold Vault; Greater Omaha; Hampton Roads, Hawaii; Kaiserslautern; North Carolina; Palmetto; Tidewater; Wasatch; and Washington, DC. These chapters hosted 57 approved continuing education sessions in support of 29 events. Sessions included those hosted by the Augusta-Fort Gordon Chapter at TechNet Augusta and by the Hawaii Chapter at TechNet Asia-Pacific.

The Leadership Forums held at West and TechNet Asia-Pacific were approved for George Mason University CEUs.

Several additional sessions were recommended as support for continuing education requirements for the Defense Acquisition Workforce.

AFCEA’s continuing education sessions often include keynote speakers, panels and classes that justify attending conferences and symposiums because they support required certification maintenance. Don’t miss AFCEA’s CompTIA CSA+ Mini-Boot Camp on Thursday, June 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore. The session provides five CompTIA CEUs. Please be sure to check both AFCEA International and chapter events for more information about CE credits for other sessions and courses.

AFCEA is grateful for the support of CompTIA, George Mason University and GIAC in evaluating session abstracts to determine which sessions qualify for credits. Their approvals are important indicators of the value of the content AFCEA delivers.

For further information about AFCEA’s CE program, contact Sheila McCoy at or 703-631-6135.

Examples of AFCEA International events in 2016 with sessions approved by CompTIA and/or GIAC include:

  • AFCEA SOLUTIONS Series George Mason University Symposium: 3 sessions
  • Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium: 21 sessions
  • Identity Management: 13 sessions
  • Homeland Security: 3 sessions
  • Intelligence and National Security Summit: 6 sessions
  • MILCOM: 28 sessions
  • TechNet Air : 9 sessions
  • TechNet Asia-Pacific and Leadership Forum: 10 sessions
  • TechNet Augusta: 32 sessions
  • West: 2 sessions
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