Frequently Asked Questions

Information System Security Certificate Program

Do I qualify for this program?

Typically, a student will need to have a Bachelor’s degree in the IT field, and/or extensive experience in the IT field. This program is designed for the IT professionals and requires the proper knowledge base to be beneficial. Please contact us if you have any questions about what you need to know.

What should I expect during the semester?

This hands-on program requires practice, and time outside of class. Some students need up to several hours a week of lab time on campus to apply learned material.

What does the course fee cover?

  • 42 instruction hours (3 hours per week for 14 weeks)
  • On campus parking (one semester)

Do you offer tuition payment plans?

The certificate program does not have a student loan type offering and full payment is due in full at the time of registration. Veterans must check with the VA to see about availability under a certificate program.

Do you accept financial aid?

Sallie Mae now offers personal loans to pay for professional development and continuing education courses. Please visit Sallie Mae's website for more information.

Please note that all course fees must still be paid by the posted deadlines. For more information as to how to apply for the Sallie Mae student loan, please contact our office of financial aid at 713.743.1010 option 3.

Will I receive a 1098-T tax form for the course?

You will need to contact your CPA or a local tax office for instructions on how to file educational fees paid on your taxes.

Is there administrative and technology assistance for the certificate course?

Miscellaneous classroom information will be provided to each student through the university "Blackboard" system. This includes the following :

  • See the "Blackboard Info Sheet" available via Blackboard for initial log-in instructions.
  • If you need your password reset, please contact Shantavia Settles ( or 713-743-2994).
  • For assistance with Blackboard, visit the help desk at 116-PGH M-F 8am-8pm or call 713-743-1411, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week (except during University holidays).

Will I be certified when I complete the courses?

Yes, you will receive a certificate from the University of Houston College of Technology. Our college meets all of the educational and training standards that are a part of the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program established by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) within the NSA.