Preparing today's professionals to meet tomorrow's challenges.

Radford University is delivering Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training (IMPACT): a competency-based education (CBE) workforce development program focused on cybersecurity.

Radford University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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What makes IMPACT unique?

  • Builds a foundation for a career in cybersecurity
  • Curriculum designed for professionals by professionals
  • Improve employee effectiveness and retention
  • Designed for busy professionals
  • Structured, self-paced learning activities
  • Delivered asynchronously online
  • Designed to improve skills, acquisition and retention
  • Embeds learning sciences, analytics, scenario-based learning and gamification principles
  • Virtual testing lab for each learner
  • Collaborative environment encourages networking with experts and other learners
  • Covers five out of seven domains of the NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • Compliant with DoD 8140 directive
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IMPACT Standards and Certification Alignment

  • Directly aligned with national standards:
    • National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST)
    • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
  • Focused on preparing learners for professional certification exams*:
    • CISSP
    • SANS GCIH*
    • SANS GPEN*
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Network+

    *Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation will be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.

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What is comptency-based education (CBE)

Competency-based education (CBE) is a training approach that uses the assessment of student learning as credit for education rather than a measurement of credit hours or seat time.

CBE decouples learning from time-based models, such as three-hour courses and 14-week semesters that use the Carnegie Unit as a metric for learning.

The most effective and scalable CBE approach uses an online platform to deliver asynchronous, self-paced learning modules aligned with workplace competencies.

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Contact us to learn more about IMPACT


For any questions, you may also contact Matt Dunleavy, Ph.D., executive director of IMPACT, at or 540-831-7168.