Hardware & Software System Requirements

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CIAT Hardware & Software System Requirements

Every student is required to have a personal computer to successfully complete their coursework. To support your career readiness, the hardware and software requirements are designed to mimic equipment that you are likely to use in the workforce. Successful completion of coursework, virtual labs, certification exams, and coding assignments require a personal computer that meets the minimum hardware and software requirements outlined

If you do not have access to a personal computer of your own, you have three options to pursue prior to the start of your program: 

  1. Purchase a personal computer (many retailers will provide student discounts with proof of enrollment).
  2. Enroll in CIAT Loaner Laptop Rental program for a $50 monthly fee. Learn How It Works.
  3. Apply for a Financial Hardship Waiver to receive financial assistance with a loaner laptop. Learn More.

Minimum Specifications:

Your Equipment - FAQ:

Macs are supported in our coding Certificate and Degree programs only:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Software Development
  • Certificate in Software Development

For our IT Certificate and Degree programs, a Windows Operating System is required.

  • Computer Technician Certificate
  • Cloud Administration Certificate
  • Computer Information Systems Certificate
  • Networking Technician Certificate
  • Cisco CCNA Certificate
  • Cisco CCNA-CCNP Certificate
  • Associate of Applied Science in Degree in Computer Information Systems
  • Applied Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems

Chromebooks, Android Tablets, Android phones, iPad tablets, and iPhones are not sufficient to successfully complete your coursework and virtual labs, however many students use them as a great secondary resource for reading or extra studying on the go.

CIAT does not provide laptops intended for purchase. You can purchase new or high quality refurbished computers online at many popular retailers including Best Buy, Amazon.com, eBay, NewEgg.com, and Walmart.com.

Don’t forget to ask about student discounts! Many retailers offer student discounts with proof enrollment (student ID or school email address). 

CIAT provides loaner laptop computers for temporary use during a student’s program for an affordable monthly fee.

Learn more about how the CIAT Loaner Laptop program works, rental fees, financial hardship waiver options, pickup and delivery options for on-campus and online students, and more. 

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If you’re having trouble identifying the processor your computer might have, then click the link to read more about how to find it. This Intel guide shows you three different options on how to identify the processor.

The “4 Ways to Check CPU Speed” guide provided to you by Wikihow, demonstrates a step-by-step process on how to identify your CPU speed. This guide allows you to check your CPU speed for both Mac and PC users.

Random Access Memory is getting faster and better overtime. The more RAM you have available the more you can do at a faster pace. The less RAM you have available, the slower your computer will run. Howtogeek step-by-step guide shows you how to check  the RAM capacity on your computer, and how to speed up a slow computer.

Questions?

Reach out today and one of our knowledgeable Admissions Advisors will be happy to answer any questions you have about CIAT.

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CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP.

Enrollment Deadline: November 1st!

Questions about whether this program is right for you? We’ll help match you with the best program to meet your career goals.

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Request an appointment with one of our IT expert Admissions Advisors for personalized guidance on building your education plan. You’ll be able to book an appointment instantly for a time that fits your schedule. 

Next Enrollment Deadline is November 1st, 2021!

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