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Professional Training Academies

In today's competitive job market, more individuals are seeking additional training and certifications to distinguish themselves from their peers. At the same time, businesses are realizing the value of certification: A better-trained employee can be more productive, deliver projects faster with limited downtime, require less external support, and help to improve customer satisfaction.

Those who succeed in certification are validated and empowered as highly capable professionals in their fields. For business decision makers, the the benefits of certification are even more tangible. Training and certification yield lower operating costs, better return on investment, and more efficient, credible teams. And that's something they're willing to pay for.

College of DuPage houses three areas of professional certification training: 

  • The Cisco Networking Academy teaches students to design, build and maintain computer networks. These hands-on training courses qualify students to pursue a number of industry-standard certifications, such as CCNA, CCNP and CCNA Security.
  • The CompTIA Academy offers a wide variety of certification training programs designed to meet the needs of Information Technology educators and learning professionals, including A+, Network+, Security+, CTP+ and Project+.
  • The Microsoft Imaging Academy provides students with latest in Microsoft system technology skills for the digital world. These hands-on training courses qualify students to pursue a number of industry-standard Microsoft Certified certifications, such as MCSA: Windows 10 and MCSA: Windows Server 2012.


COD Stories

Jeff Evans

"The classes are laser-focused on getting you industry-acknowledged certifications and are invaluable. I’ve had multiple job recruiters reach out on LinkedIn after I posted my certifications.” - Jeff Evans

Jeff's COD Story

COD Stories

Akvile Kiskis

"College of DuPage strives to prove this stereotype wrong with its modernized buildings and stellar professors. I attended College of DuPage because it allowed me to grow and learn not only as a student but also as a person.” - Akvile Kiskis

Akvile's COD Story

COD Stories

Danya Nasr

"I’m gaining knowledge, skills and experience at COD that will help me in both career and life in general. In addition, gaining skills in communication and problem solving helped in boosting my confidence.” - Danya Nasr

Danya's COD Story

COD Stories

Anas Muhammed

"I set a goal to finish my degrees, work here to get experience, and then pursue a master’s degree. When I eventually return home, I will have the knowledge and skills to really help people." - Anas Nanjo Mohammed

Anas' COD Story

Contact Information

Dr. Felix Davis, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1536
(630) 942-2134

Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1E13
(630) 942-2081

Dan Jacobson, Program Support Specialist

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034
(630) 942-2592