The information security (cybersecurity) analyst apprenticeship program was recently introduced as part of the California Community College Chancellors Office’s California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI). The CAI applies the traditional apprenticeship model to create pathways to in-demand, high-wage, and high-growth careers. Community colleges, employers, industry leaders, and the Division of Apprenticeship Standards collaborate to develop registered apprenticeship programs for high demand jobs. The CAI allows the partnerships the flexibility to integrate “pre-apprenticeship” preparation and mentoring during that OJT phase of the apprenticeship to support student/worker success.

The CCSF ISA Apprenticeship is registered with the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards, which provides employers with additional benefits. Apprentices must complete pre-apprenticeship training in network security fundamentals to participate. During the apprenticeship, participants receive a minimum of 157.5 hours of advanced related instruction. Employers may customize this related instruction to fit their needs and are members of a committee that tracks and monitors apprentice performance to expectations.

Upon completion of the program, apprentices are qualified as CISSP Associates, on the way to one of the most highly regarding cybersecurity certifications in the industry.

About the Apprenticeship Program


18 month paid program for 40 hours on-the job training (OJT) and up to 8 hours of instruction per week. The wage at completion is a minimum of $39/hour.

Where are Courses Offered

Courses are available at CCSF (available online and evenings).

Required Pre-Apprenticeship Courses

Students or current employees must complete the following courses:

  1. CNIT 106 - Intro to Networking OR CNIT 201C - Intro to Cisco Networks

  2. CNIT 120 - Intro to Network Security

  3. CNIT 40 - Domain Name Systems Security (DNS)

  4. CNIT 102 - Command Line (Powershell) OR CS 160a - Intro to Linux/Unix

Information Security Courses Taken Concurrently with Apprenticeship


  • Firewalls
  • Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
  • Information Security Professional Practices


  • Advanced Ethical Hacking
  • Practical Malware Analysis
  • Exploit Development
  • Hacking Mobile Devices