In November 2014 CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ, launched a certified training (CCT) scheme to set a benchmark for certifying cyber and information security training. As of 1 January 2016, this scheme was rebranded as GCHQ Certified Training (GCT). The aim of the scheme remains the same, i.e. to help organisations navigate the cyber and information training market and quickly identify training courses that meet the highest standards of both content and delivery.
The reason for the new name is a recognition that GCHQ is a more widely known brand. As Richard Pharro, CEO of APMG (certification body for the scheme) comments: “GCHQ is widely recognised as the pre-eminent authority on cyber intelligence and data security …it will make it easier for end users to better understand what the certification signifies: quality, assurance and security.”
GCHQ Certified Training
The GCT scheme is part of the wider UK Cyber Security Strategy to raise the skill level of cyber security professionals in the UK. The GCT scheme provides a high standard of cyber security training in content and delivery. This means that anyone looking to enhance their cyber security skills, including those aspiring to certification in the CESG Certified Professional scheme, can easily identify high quality training.
Why choose GCHQ Certified Training Courses from QA?
- The QA GCT certified courses deliver quality in both cyber security content and delivery
- You are guaranteed that the course materials have been rigorously assessed against the exacting standards of GCHQ
- You are guaranteed that the quality of the trainers' delivery and the course administration have been quality checked by APM Group, the GCHQ-approved, independent Certification Body
- GCT is based on the industry-respected IISP Skills Framework
- At QA we recognise that all training is an investment; GCT helps you choose wisely
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
CPD points can be claimed for GCT accredited courses at the rate of 1 point per hour of training for GCHQ accredited courses (up to a maximum of 15 points).