Professional Development Certificate in Security


Program Overview

Complete 60 hours by attending PDI security events and courses to receive a certificate from the professional Development Institute.

Courses and events completed prior to July 2021 under the former Security, Economics and Technology (SET) umbrella also qualify for this certificate.


Certificate Requirements

Core Courses

  • A one- or two-day cyber security course (6 to 12 hours)
  • A one- or two-day national security course (6 to 12 hours)


Elective Courses

Select PDI's digital transformation, cyber security, cloud and AI or national security courses and events to fulfill the balance of hours (certificate requires a total of 60 hours of learning). Synchronous and asynchronous formats count towards the certificate in security. Please note that if you have attended any of the CASIS West Coast Security Conferences, you can apply a maximum of 20 hours toward this certificate.


Delivery Mode


  • This program will take place virtually.



What is the certificate good for?
The certificate assures employers and potential employers that you have met or exceeded the standard they are looking for and are committed to continuous learning. The certificate is issued by the Professional Development Institute, a trusted training provider preferred by many federal government departments as well as public and private sector organizations. The Institute wins respect and acclaim for its cutting-edge learning programs, the exceptional calibre of its trainers, and its real-world focus.

The certificate program is a non-credited certification. It cannot be used towards a degree and is not equivalent to any other professional certification.

How much does it cost?
You register and pay for each course individually. There is no additional charge for the certificate.

How long will the program take?
You have three years from the start date of your first course to complete the certificate program. Provided you complete all courses within three years, you can pace your learning as you wish.

Is there a final exam?
No. However, participants must fully attend all courses of the program in order to obtain the certificate.

Are there any admission requirements?
No. Enrollment is open to everyone.

How do I register for the program?
Begin by registering for any of the courses and events that make up the program. You will be asked for proof of completion of the required courses and events, so make sure you keep your certificates. If you have any questions before beginning or as you progress through the program, contact the office at 613-562-5802.