Available courses

Student Type: Cadet Course Only

Course Type: In residence (NCSA)

Prerequisite: Cyberspace Principles Course

Description: Just like the Civil Air Patrol Space Command Familiarization Course and Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Courses; the Cyberspace Familiarization Course or CFC is an introduction into cyberspace operations conducted by the United States Air Force. Members from various units within the 24th Air Force and USCYBERCOM will brief cadets on their roles as a "Cyberspace Operator" and share their experiences as a USAF Airman. During the course, students will also visit a cyber-focused education facility or operations center. Previous years have included: 624th Cyber Operations Center (Texas), 33d Network Warfare Squadron (Texas), or the NSA Cryptologic Museum. Like a CAP Wing Encampment, this course serves as a cadet introduction into Air Force and Joint cyberspace operations. 

In addition to daily USAF Defensive Cyberspace Operation briefs, cadets will receive instruction into various computer science and security concepts to include: introduction into networks and operating systems, workstation and server fundamentals, how to secure Windows and Linux-based systems and mitigate threats to network security. Upon arrival, cadets are divided into teams, based on their current level of knowledge and experience, and participate in various team building exercises and study sessions. The course will conclude with a capstone activity called the Graduation Exercise or "GRADEX" designed to test the cadet's skills in securing a network of workstations from possible security breaches and active adversaries (i.e. RED TEAM). All cadets are required to graduate from the Cyberspace Familiarization Course prior to attending any CAP CDTA intermediate course; regardless of cyber competition experience (i.e. CyberPatriot).

Next Course: Cyberspace Advanced Course (Security) or Cyberspace Networking Course (Infrastructure)

Student Type: Cadet Course Only

Course Type: On demand (online)

Prerequisite: None

Description: This course is designed to familiarize students with the principles of cyber security and information assurance. Students will learn common terms and definitions along with basic principles like: cryptography, current threats, and ethics. Students will also learn common issues facing youth to include: cyber crime, cyber stalking, and cyber bullying. This course is the first requirement for the Cadet Cyber Badge - Technician Level and a prerequisite for the Cyberspace Familiarization Course (NCSA).

Next Course: Cyberspace Familiarization Course

Student Type: Cadet Course Only

Course Type: In residence (NCSA)

Prerequisite: Cyberspace Familiarization Course

Description: The Cyberspace Networking Course or CNC is an intermediate course designed to instruct students on advanced networking concepts. Students will explore the OSI model in depth, IP addressing and subnetting, Access Control Lists (ACL’s), network routing and switching, network security, and troubleshooting. At the end of the course, students will participate in a practical exercise called the Graduation Exercise or "GRADEX" designed to test their skills in network architecture, configuration, and security. Students will be on their path to take their CompTIA Network+ certification.

Next Course: Cyberspace Advanced Course (Security) or Cyberspace Instructor Course

Student Type: Cadet Course Only

Course Type: In residence (NCSA)

Prerequisite: Cyberspace Familiarization Course

Description: The Cyberspace Advanced Course or CAC is an intermediate course designed to instruct students on advanced cyber-security concepts. Students will learn about cryptography, web technology security, cloud technology, intrusion detection systems, and basic mission planning. The course will conclude with a capstone activity called the Graduation Exercise or "GRADEX" designed to test their skills in data recovery and system hardening. Students will be on their path to take their CompTIA Security+ certification.

Next Course: Cyberspace Networking Course (Infrastructure) or Cyberspace Instructor Course


Student Type: Cadet and Senior (Adult)

Course Type: In residence

Prerequisite: For Cadets - Cyberspace Familiarization Course, Cyberspace Advanced Course OR Cyberspace Networking Course, and completed their Earhart award prior to course.

Description: Instructors are the Subject Matter Experts in their field and are expected to adequately teach the topics assigned to them. The Cyberspace Instructors Course or CIC is a rigorous course designed for those senior members and cadets who aspire to become competition coaches or mentors. Certified CDTA instructors or "patch wearers" will instruct students on topics like team dynamics, basic instruction skills, and how to build a "cyber learning lab." Each student will also be required to instruct the class on a cyber-security topic chosen by CDTA staff.

Not all graduates from the CIC will become "patch wearers." Only those that have completed the CIC, served as a staff member / instructor for the CFC or CAC, has served as a cyber competition coach, and can show a comprehensive understanding of computer and network security fundamentals will be considered to become a certified CDTA instructor.