About Us


At a glance

NC-Expert is a consortium of experts in business and technical specialties focused around Enterprise Infrastructure. Specifically:

  • Security (Cyber Security, Next Generation Firewalls, ISE, Malware, Threat Detection & Mitigation, Ethical Hacking)
  • Mobility (Wireless, WLan, Wi-Fi, Location Capabilities, Outdoor, High Density, LTE)
  • Collaboration (VoIP, Cisco Unified Communications, Telepresence, Contact Center)

Our vision has always been, and continues to be, to provide businesses with innovative, relevant, accessible training for their engineers that will enable them to directly impact the growth of their companies.

NC-Expert has changed the way professionals look at training. No longer do they see training as a drain on valuable time and resources. Instead, they use our training to build trust, drive conversions, and ensure efficient, effective deployment of business solutions.

Meet the Team

Rie Vainstein

Rie Vainstein

Chief Executive Officer

Phil Morgan

Phil Morgan

Chief Technology Officer

Diane Hicks

Diane Hicks

VP Global Business Development

Tor Olsen

Tor Olsen

VP of Instructor Operations, EMEA

Our Company

NC-Expert is a privately-held California corporation and is well established within the Wireless, Security, and Collaboration industry certification training, courseware development, and consulting markets.

Led by its Founder and CEO, Rie Vainstein, NC-Expert has won numerous private contracts with Fortune level companies around the world. These customers have depended on NC-Expert to train, advise, and mentor their staff.

As an official Cisco Learning Partner, NC-Expert has also been a pioneer in Cisco's elite CCIE arena. NC-Expert was the only company to offer authorized Cisco CCIE Voice training for the first year that Cisco's offering was live and was heavily involved in creating and launching Cisco's CCIE360 training. When Cisco choose to evolve CCIE360 Voice training into CCIE Collaboration and reduce its offering to a single class, NC-Expert chose to create additional, optional, exclusive training classes, which were endorsed by Cisco, and that many engineers undertook, before switching to the mainstream Cisco training, and then returned to us, to hone their skills prior to sitting their lab exams. To date, NC-Expert has helped hundreds of CCIE candidates successfully navigate to success, in their CCIE endeavors. NC-Expert then expanded its CCIE training to include the authorized Cisco CCIE Routing & Switching along with its own, exclusive, CCIE Wireless training.

In addition, NC-Expert-trained engineers were some of the first to achieve Cisco's Cyber Security Specialist status and, as an EC-Council Accredited Training Center, helps candidates achieve the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification. NC-Expert also added partnerships with CertNexus and CompTIA to its portfolio, providing even greater choice in its CyberSecurity range of certifications!

NC-Expert is one of the only CWNP Premier Authorized Learning Centers in the world!

Over the years, NC-Expert has worked closely with CWNP to develop and promote the vendor-neutral wireless industry certification training classes. NC-Expert was the first company in the world to offer CWNPs entire portfolio. To date, NC-Expert has helped thousands of individuals reach various certifications in the CWNP portfolio, and continues to be very active in the vendor-neutral wireless space.

Our Core Values

NC-Expert has, at its core, values that drive the way we do business, the way we interact with our customers, and the way we work together as a team.

Customer focus: we consider our customers to be the lifeblood of our company. Without them (you) we would not exist: and we are mindful of this. For this reason, we highly value our customers and want to both delight them and exceed their expectations with every interaction.

Integrity: There is no “cheat” route to knowledge and understanding: we want you to learn, to grow, and to excel, and will do whatever we can to help you.

Passion: this generates the excitement for what we do. We love technology, are excited about it, and are enthusiastic to share our experiences with you!

Innovation: we are constantly looking to develop and incorporate new technology. By staying at the cutting edge, ourselves, we know about the latest progress. We incorporate the newest developments into our classes, giving you the opportunity to become the best and brightest!

Our Mission

NC-Expert’s vision is simple and straightforward “IT Training Made Easy!” Our company tag line explains our purpose. We are
Experts creating Experts

Our formal mission statement explains a little further: To provide the best quality and most accessible IT industry certification training available, which improves the careers and lives of professional network engineers, while bringing the best ROI for their employers.

NC-Expert has a team of seasoned trainers, who are different from the rest of the education market. Our instructor team members each have extensive real-world experience upon which to draw when they are in the classroom. We want them to pass along their depth of knowledge to others, in a way that will enable our students to become more efficient in their daily tasks, better engineers and, ultimately, enhance the companies they work for, while continuously moving forward in their successful careers.

We believe all training should produce a Return on Investment for the employer. NC-Expert’s training programs are sought by our client companies because we work hard to ensure that our training is delivered at such a level that it really can make a difference in the lives of our students and in their employers’ businesses.

Company Facts at a Glance

  • Company Type: Corporation
  • Year Established: 2011
  • State of Registration: California
  • DUNS: 05 407 3249
  • CCR & SAM: Active
  • Cage Code: 78PQ7
  • NAICS: 611420 also 611699, 611710, 541512, 541519
  • Woman-owned Business: WBENC #WBE1801895, WBENC #WOSB181417; NWBOC #RCW21699

For a copy of NC-Expert's current Capabilities Statement, click here Capabilities Statement 2021

Wireless LAN Association

NC-Expert is a proud corporate sponsor/member of the Wireless LAN Association.


Better Business Bureau

NC-Expert is A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau.


Women's Business Enterprise National Council

NC-Expert is a nationally recognized Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

National Women Business Owners Corporation

Nationally recognized Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise



NC-Expert is also registered as a provider with with NSA/iC ARC



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