IT Fundamentals

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

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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+.  

About the Course

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.

Ways to enroll:

1) You can register now through open enrollment, OR, 2) if you are low income, partially, or totally unemployed, you may begin the registration process here: apply for no-cost tuition.

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  • Next session starts May 10, 2021
  • 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

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.

Career Development

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 Certificate Training courses are supported by the state of Ohio

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This course qualifies for the State of Ohio's Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). IMAP was created to provide opportunities for Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed to participate in a training program and receive a micro-credential.

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The TechCred application period opens April 1 and closes on April 30 at 3 pm.  You can learn more about the program at

Employers: Learn how you to upskill your employees with training at UC funded by Ohio TechCredEmployees: Ask your employer to apply, and start your online training at UC!

No matter what industry you work in, technology is having an impact on the future of business and the nature of your work. TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy. Many of these trainings can be completed online! Read more.

About Your Instructor

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Michael J. Sharp

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

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