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Sheila McCoy – Director, Continuing Education

Susan Fofi. . – . Preferred Provider Program. Adding Value to Chapter Events with Continuing Education. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm . EDT. Continuing education. Why does AFCEA support continuing education?.

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Sheila McCoy – Director, Continuing Education

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Sheila McCoy – Director, Continuing EducationSusan Fofi – Preferred Provider Program

Adding Value to Chapter Events with Continuing Education

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm



Continuing educationWhy does AFCEA support continuing education?How do chapters get on board?What tools are available to assist chapters?What are the lessons learned/best practices?Other Professional Development Center offeringsAgenda


Continuing education supports several required certificationsFocusCybersecurityGovernment, especially DoD requirementsMaintaining a required certification is often an acceptable justification for event attendanceFormal attendance documentation is a valuable AFCEA member benefitBackground


Participating Organizations


Continuing education credits (CECs)

Cybersecurity First Responder


Continuing education units (CEUs)

Currently supports A+, Network+, Security+, CSA+, Cloud+, CASP+, PenTest+, and Linux+

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

Continuing professional education (CPEs)

Supports GIAC family of certifications

Certification arm of SANS Institute


What About Other Certifications?Other certification authorities such as DAU, (ISC)2 and PMI suggest we say our sessions “may” support their requirementsIndividuals should check with their supervisor and applicable certification organization to confirm training and certification maintenance requirements


What About Webinars?We can support attendance documentation for members when chapter groups participate in an approved webinar – if the participation is observed and validated by a chapter officerAny attendee can use “self-certification” model


Strengthens eventsHelps attendees justify participationBuilds membership Supports communityWhy Is Continuing Education Good for Chapters?


Select sessions At least one hour of vendor-neutral contentBest topics relate to cybersecurity and/or privacyClasses, panels, speakers, workshopsAdd to AFCEA calendarSubmit review request to AFCEA - https://www.afcea.org/secure/cesubmission.cfmUse approval info to promote eventTake attendance, run membership check and submit attendance list to AFCEAHow Chapters Engage



Best PracticesUse a regional approach – examples: Walker First sponsored classesWork with an AFCEA International eventAugusta-Fort Gordon Chapter at TechNet AugustaHawaii Chapter at TechNet Indo-PacificCheck guidance and follow proceduresDesignate a chapter officer for oversightFollow up in a timely manner after event


Provides instructions and examples in chapter officer tools on the portalGuides review of chapter submissions with certifying organizationsProvides review results and recommended wording for promotionSends attendance documentation to AFCEA members if arranged by chapterHow Headquarters Supports


Information at HQ


Start early to get most benefitPrepare abstracts carefullyIntroduce topic as it relates to a cybersecurity threat, challenge, opportunity, or solutionSpell out all acronyms on first useSession description is importantUse approval info in promotionFormat attendance records and check membership statusLessons Learned


Webform for submitting review requests Calendar entry webform supports indication that an event will be planned to include continuing education Online membership validation of attendance listTools


Making recorded event sessions easily available onlineContinuing to find ways to share the Walker First model of connecting industry speakers with chaptersComing Attractions


CE sessions provide a strong incentive to attend an AFCEA event and become a memberCE attendance documentation is valuable to military, civil service and government consultantsCE Helps Boost Membership


Professional Development CenterAFCEA Preferred ProvidersAmerican Public University SystemSaint Leo University SANS InstituteOnline CoursesAFCEA/MindEdge partnershipOnsite CoursesTrain at your locationChapters can receive a finder’s fee


Preferred ProvidersDHS/NSA Designated Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and certifying organizations with cyber security certifications required by DoDCertificates and Undergraduate/Graduate DegreesOnline or in-person educational optionsDiscounts to AFCEA members may apply


Online CoursesAFCEA has partnered with MindEdge to provide over 80 online coursesSubjects include Agile, communication, leadership, management, project management, Six Sigma & LeanDiscount of 20% for AFCEA members


Please contact usSheila McCoy - Director, AFCEA Continuing Education ProgramDirector, Continuing Education(703) 631-6135ce@afcea.org smccoy@afcea.orghttp://www.afcea.org/site/?q=education/continuing-education-creditsSusan Fofi - Professional Development CenterProfessional Development Coordinator(703) 631-6137/6138pdc@afcea.org




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