CEUs and Prep

In today's competitive professional climate, earning certifications and continuing education credits is key to building and maintaining your reputation as a trusted industry leader.

The team at the Costa Leadership Institute recognizes the need for local continuing education units (CEUs) and certification exam prep across a variety of industries. If you or your organization are seeking professional CEUs or exam preparation that are not currently offered, contact the Costa Leadership Institute. 

Spring 2016 Class Schedule

QPR Certification

Friday, February 19, 2016    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Tonya Nascimento, Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. This two hour training is designed to increase understanding of the causes of suicide, how to recognize signs of impending attempts, and how to help the person who is suicidal seek help from a mental health professional.

Participants will earn the designation of Certified QPR Gatekeeper by successfully completing this training.

Training fee includes lunch.

Niceville, Bldg. SSC/400, Arpke Room 315      Fee: $50.00      CRN #: 20476


Security+ Certification Boot Camp

Friday and Saturday, February 19-20 and March 4-5, 2016     8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Instructor: Vy Nguyen

This comprehensive 4 day course prepares individuals to take and pass the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam. Interactive demonstrations and numerous practice quizzes along with hands-on exercises reinforce the concepts and provide the framework for a personalized study plan for exam success.

Who will benefit from this course?

This course is beneficial to those who wish to obtain the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam, including security professionals, government and military personnel, and civilian contractors who must fulfill the Department of Defense 8570.1 Directive. Security personnel and managers with previous technical skills or background, who are looking to enhance their careers through certification, will also benefit greatly.

CompTIA Security+ exam topics include:

• Network Security (21%)

• Compliance and Operational Security (18%)

• Threats and Vulnerabilities (21%)

• Application, Data and Host Security (16%)

• Access Control and Identity Management (13%)

• Cryptography (11%)

Our Security+ Boot Camp covers the following material during our Hands-On labs:

• Malware (Virus, Worms, Trojans)

• Key Logger

• Password Cracking

• Access Control

• Privilege Escalation

• Buffer Overflow

• Port Scanner

• Protocol Analyzer Software

• Hashing

• Encryption

• Penetration Testing

Class meets Saturday and Sunday, two weekends to complete 4 days of training.

Niceville, Bldg. B/310, Room 112  Fee: $725.00  CRN #: 21399


PMP ® Certification Exam Prep
DATE: February 20-21 and February 27-28, 2016  Class meets Saturday and Sunday, two consecutive weekends to complete 4 days of training.        8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Mike Carey

NWF State College is excited to offer the PMP® Exam Preparatory Course, providing the knowledge needed to evolve the career of a successful Project Management Professional and get ready for the PMI® PMP® exam. This course will prepare the student for the PMP® exam over four days of intensive project management training with one of the most complete set of PMP® exam study tools currently available on the market. Discussion topics include: The Ten Knowledge Areas of Project Management: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, Procurement and Stakeholder. The Five Process Groups of Project Management: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. Two additional topics: Professional and Social Responsibility, and Framework. This course aligns to the guidelines and best practices of the PMI® Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th edition.

PMP® Exam Success Study System includes the following:

• Crosswind Boot Camp Manual and Web-based Exam Simulation Application with 26 tests (3000+ questions)

• Three 11” x 17” laminated certification exam placemat/wall posters (Processes, Swim lanes, and Mind maps)

• Web-based Flashcard Application

• Three audio downloads (Introduction and Study Strategies, Terms/Definitions, and Processes) via website for each student

• 3 PMP® Exam Quick Reference Guides

• Fulfills the required 35-hour PMI® contact hour requirement toward your exam application requirement

• Provides one of the most comprehensive set of study tools available to date

Niceville, Bldg. SSC/400, Arpke Room 315    Fee: $750.00   CRN #: 20946 


OSHA 10 Training

Saturday, April 2, 2016     7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Instructor: Scottie Smith

This training program is intended to provide entry level construction workers information about how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards on a construction site. The training covers a variety of construction safety and health hazards which a worker may encounter at a construction site. Training will emphasize hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards. Instructional time must be a minimum of 10 hours.

The student will be able to:

• Identify major hazards

• Describe types of hazards

• Protect him/herself from these hazards

• Recognize employer requirements to protect workers from these hazards

The topics covered are:

•  Introduction to OSHA

•  Falls

•  Electrocution

•  Struck-By (e.g., falling objects, trucks, cranes)

•  Caught-In or Between (e.g., trench hazards, equipment)

•  Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, & Conveyors

•  Excavations

•  Materials Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal

•  Scaffolds

•  Stairways and Ladders

•  Tools – Hand and Power

Niceville, Bldg. SSC/400, Room 308/309  Fee: $125.00    CRN #: 20487


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