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GCT - GCHQ Certified Training

GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) helps individuals and organisations quickly identify high quality relevant cyber security training.

Why was GCT Introduced?

The UK Government has identified a significant shortage of skilled cyber security professionals and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is working with other government departments to address this issue. GCHQ is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and provides assistance on the security of Government communications and electronic data.

With the abundance of cyber security training courses on offer, it can be difficult for customers to identify highly competent trainers and good quality courses. GCT addresses this issue – providing customers with a choice of rigorously assessed training providers, thus they can feel confident they’ll receive training that is consistent with industry best practice.

GCHQ has appointed APMG as the independent Certification Body for GCHQ-approved cyber security training courses, due to APMG’s track record for accrediting quality training providers.

APMG certifies the trainers, the course material and administration processes surrounding the course – forming a truly comprehensive assessment process.

What is the Benefit of Choosing a GCT Course?

  • Individuals and organizations can easily and quickly identify high quality, relevant training
  • The course materials have been rigorously assessed against the exacting standards of GCHQ
  • The quality of the trainers’ delivery and the course administration has been quality checked
  • GCT is based on the industry-respected IISP Skills Framework
  • GCT is invaluable for anyone seeking to acquire or improve their cyber security skills, including those seeking CESG Certified Professional status.

What is the Benefit of Certification for Training Providers?

  • Is a key market differentiator which sets courses apart from other cyber security training options
  • Inspires confidence in organisations and individuals that your course is of a high quality, with proof that your cyber security training has been assessed against GCHQ’s rigorous standards
  • Ensures your cyber security training meets high standards of both content and delivery.