IT Fundamentals

Take a step toward a new career with essential information technology skills 

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This program is intended for community members who want to explore a new career in computing and technology – especially those with little-to-no experience. There are many pathways to a career in technology. This program will provide you with the requisite knowledge and experience necessary to find opportunities to start your new career.


About the Course

The course covers the essentials of computing and provides valuable insights on the many different pathways for a career in technology. The course will provide you with essential IT skills based upon CompTIA ITF+ curriculum. This course and the ITF+ certification are designed as the starting point for a career in IT support. Obtaining ITF+ certification will show that you have the aptitude to pursue a professional-level certification, such as CompTIA A+.  

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  • 10 weeks, 12 hrs/week (120 hours)
  • Online Instruction (Self-paced with Instructor Guidance) and 2 live online meetings.
  • Support from UC instructors and Teaching Assistants
  • Weekly virtual check-ins and office hours

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Upon successful completion of the course, you will earn a certification from CompTIA and be fully prepared to explore opportunities for tech apprenticeships or future technology training programs. While this course and certification may not necessarily lead directly to a job in IT Support, it will help you attain the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin a career in Information Technology or computing.


The University of Cincinnati provides all students as part of our certification programs access to career development tools and services through UC's NEXT Apprenticeship Program, including 1 on 1 career counseling and support. Students who complete our programs gain access to exclusive job boards, resume review tools, personal branding tools, and career guidance including resume reviews, networking, and interview skills.

UC is an approved provider of tech training eligible for the Ohio TechCred. Employers who are approved for this funding will be reimbursed for their employees training.

Prospective Students: Ask your employer to apply for the Ohio TechCred. Once they are approved, you may enroll and your employer will pay for your tuition. Once you complete the program and earn your certificate, your employer will be reimbursed.

The next application period is October 1-29TechCred.Ohio.gov


About Your Instructor

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Michael J. Sharp

Associate Professor Educator, Acad Aff Exp Based Learning/Career Educ

Steger Student Life Cntr

513-368-1198