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Alternative to Formal Apprenticeship Program

Alternative to Formal Apprenticeship Program

**Special Pricing** for Veterans!!!

For some people the formal Apprenticeship program may not be the most convenient or preferred way to go about certifying for an IT career.

There are a few drawbacks to the formal Apprenticeship program, which this alternative offering hopes to address. The candidate may:

  • not have approved sponsorship funding
  • prefer to study at their own pace
  • wish to have more freedom and flexibility in selecting courses/certifications
  • want to have more autonomy over their career direction
  • prefer a less reporting-heavy approach to studying
  • desire less monitoring and oversight
  • need to earn standard wages, rather than the artificially reduced "Apprenticeship" wages expected of the Apprenticeship program
  • want to be in the more secure and settled environment of a full-time job, without fear of being removed from the program if stringent requirements are not constantly met

Sponsorship Funding

Apprentices in the formal program may need to acquire funding sources. Since their wages will be artificially reduced at the start of the program, and increases are fully dependent on success in certifications. This alternative program serves to alleviate that potential financial difficulty.

This program offers significantly-reduced costs of training, which calculate out as a fraction of the cost of the Apprenticeship program. However, students need to understand that they will be personally responsible for paying for the program. There are a number of options for achieving this goal. The student could request that their employer pay on their behalf (there are a lot of employers who have a budget to fund technical education programs); they might be able to obtain a personal bank loan; or they could pay monthly from their own income. Most people choose this last option, because it gives them more flexibility and job mobility (i.e., they aren't tied to their employer because of loyalty/tenure agreements that were made in exchange for education funding). If they see a great job they can apply for, as a result of the new certifications/skills they just obtained, they would be free to apply for it.

Study at Own Pace

Students in this program are autonomous. This means that students can select the courses they want, on dates that suit them, and can put the next class off until they are ready to sit it. This format also reduces pressure on the student to hurry and sit the exam(s), thus increasing the chances of exam success.

More Freedom and Flexibility

In this program, students are offered a selection of appropriate courses, customized to the direction they wish to pursue.

If they decide to switch directions, NC-Expert can easily, and with no fuss, provide an alternative selection, based on the student's current position and career goal.

No outside entity needs to be consulted, no additional application forms need be completed, and no reports need be submitted. We can work with you, one-on-one, to determine a plan to suit your revised needs at the least cost to you.

No Oversight / Monitoring

Unlike the formal Apprenticeship Program, which is both monitoring and oversight-heavy, and wherein the Apprentice is responsible to meet all continuing requirements in order to maintain eligibility to remain enrolled, this alternative program has no such requirements.

This gives the student a great deal more freedom and autonomy.

However, we don't leave you to struggle alone. Even after class is over, while you are studying for your exams, our team is available to help if you get stuck on a concept.

Sample Curriculum

The following are some of the specialization tracks and certifications that can be earned while enrolled in this program. Note that the end result is different from the formal Apprenticeship program, because it can be undertaken without the headache of lower wages and increased monitoring and reporting.

The certifications gained from our programs are all professional, industry-recognized designations.

Following completion of the Foundations certifications, we offer the following specialization tracks:

  • Routing & Switching
  • Wireless
  • Security / Cyber Security
  • Collaboration
  • Network Design

In addition, the program can be freely and fully customized, with additional/alternative certification training, as desired. Talk to us about what you want to achieve.

Starting Point:Specialization Options:    
FoundationsRouting & SwitchingWirelessSecurityCollaborationDesign
CertNexus CyberSAFECisco ICND2CWNP CWNACertNexus CFRCisco CICDCisco DESGN
Cisco CCIE R&S1Cisco WiDEPLOYCisco SecFnd
Cisco CCIE R&S2Cisco WiSECURECisco SecOps
CCIE Wireless1Cisco SITCS
CCIE Wireless2Cisco SISAS


With this program format, we are able to offer our Veterans an even more HIGHLY competitive pricing option which is specially designed just for you.

In order to provide you with this significantly-reduced pricing, we will need to see official proof that you are a US Military Veteran. If you do not have official proof, you can easily obtain it by submitting a copy of your DD form 214. (All separating military personnel will have received one of these.) If you did not receive one upon discharge, or have lost yours, you can apply/reapply here

Please note that you will, personally, be responsible for all training class payments. With this in mind, we understand that finding funds upfront may be difficult, so we can arrange an informal/private, interest-free, monthly payment plan* to help you budget. This can also be extended to an employer who is paying the training fees on behalf of, or sharing the costs with, the employee.

Contact us today to see what we can do for you!


*The apprentice will, however, be required to have paid in full for each class, prior to attending it. We do not offer training "on credit".

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