Frequently Asked Questions
What is NexGenT’s cybersecurity program?
Our Cyber Security Specialist program is an intensive & immersive cyber security training curriculum that prepares anyone for a career in cyber security. The program will teach students a solid foundation in networking and cyber security before progressing to real-world skills training featuring red team vs. blue team scrimmages and custom built labs on state of the art equipment.
By the end of the program, graduates will have mastered the skills necessary to be job-ready for an entry-level cyber security role. During the program, all students receive individual mentoring from top cyber security engineers in the industry and career coaching to land their dream job in cyber security.
At NGT Academy, we focus on real-world skills training over theoretical education. Our #1 goal is to kickstart your career in cyber security. The program was developed by industry leaders from Lockheed Martin, Ford, Cisco, Dimension Data, and more. The curriculum as a whole has been reviewed and influenced by Chief Information Security Officers from Fortune 500 companies. We are proud of the training and education we provide at NGT Academy and have been blessed to have many high caliber industry leaders help validate the curriculum. The Cyber Security Specialist program is available in full-time and part-time schedules. Best of all, a student may qualify to start the program with $0 down.
What is NexGenT’s Network Engineering program?
NGT Academy’s Full Stack Network Engineering Program is designed to equip aspiring or current network engineers with real-world skills through hands-on, live training experience. You’ll be a certified full-stack networking professional equipped with three awards: Full-Stack Network Associate award, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and the Full-Stack Network Professional (FSNP) award. Each student will have rolled out three complete real-world based projects and will have their real-world skills verified via a live Skills Qualification Check. Once the training is completed, graduates work directly with our career services team to land a high-paying networking job.
The Full Stack Network Engineering program is available in full-time and part-time schedules. Best of all, a student may qualify to start the program with $0 down.
How much does the program cost?
NexGenT is on a mission to prepare our students for a career in Cyber Security and Network Engineering. We believe the Income Share Agreement is the best way to help people break into these careers without paying anything up-front. This allows us to focus on getting you results in the lucrative industry in cyber security and network engineering.
Under our ISA, you agree to pay back 10% of your gross income for 48 payments as long as you’re making $3,333/month ($40,000 annual salary) or higher.
Your ISA obligations will be satisfied if you pay the payment cap or will be wiped out after 7 years of graduating from our program.
The base tuition for NexGenT’s Cyber Security Program and NexGenT’s Full Stack Network Engineering Program is $12,500 upfront.
What are the classroom/study hours?
All of the times are Pacific hours (PST).
NexGenT Network Engineering Program (Part-Time)
M,W,F (5 pm – 7 pm) Sat (8 AM – 12 PM)
NexGenT Network Engineering Program (Full-Time)
Tu,W,Th,F (9:30 am – 3:30 pm)
NexGenT Cyber Security Program (Part-Time)
M,W,F (5 pm – 7 pm)
NexGenT Cyber Security Program (Full-Time)
Tu,W,Th,F (9:30 am – 3:30 pm)
Does NexGenT help me get a job?
Our sole mission is to help prepare you and then aid you in landing your first job.
We have a dedicated career service team that will work with you in accomplishing landing a job in networking or cyber security.
The career service team aids students with professional career coaching, technical and behavioral practice interviews, professional career maps, guidance check-ins, and more!
Our career services team will be accessible to you as long as you have an active ISA with us to help you land a six-figure position quickly.
How much can I expect to earn in cybersecurity?
The average salary for a cyber security professional is $77,190/year.
Entry-level roles such as Cyber security Analyst and Information Security Analyst make around $62,264/year.
Experienced cyber security professionals can make over $150,000 – $250,000/year.
How much can I expect to earn in network engineering?
The average salary for a network engineer is $72,000/year.
Entry-level roles such as Junior Network Engineer or Network Administrator make around $65,710/year.
Experienced network engineers anywhere around $120,000 – $250,000/year.
Can I pay tuition costs upfront?
Yes, you can. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The base upfront tuition for NexGenT’s Full Stack Network Engineering program and NexGenT’s Cyber Security program is $12,500.
What is the ISA payment cap?
NexGenT’s payment cap for NexGenT’s Full Stack Network Engineering Program and NexGenT’s Cyber Security Program is $25,000.
Is there in an option to train in person?
Yes, as of October 1st, 2021, NGT Academy is offering in person classes at our Downtown Phoenix building for our Full Time programs.
Why Income Share Agreements?
NexGenT is on a mission to equip as many people for a career in cyber security and network engineering. We believe the Income Share Agreement is the best way to help people break into these careers without paying anything up-front. This allows us to focus on getting you results in the lucrative industry in cyber.
When do the courses start?
Cohorts begin regularly every quarter.
Upon application, you will be notified of the upcoming enrollment dates with the ability to choose the most suitable option.
Do I need prior experience to start the academy?
NexGenT takes applicants from every background. We’ve helped grocery managers, forklift drivers, and existing IT folks to launch their careers.
If you are driven, determined, punctual, and willing to learn, you’ll be successful!
Having a background in IT will definitely be beneficial.
How much time do I need to dedicate to homework/self-study?
Our academy is designed to accelerate one’s career from Zero to Engineer. It is an intense, rigorous, and immersive program that will produce results. We are a military-grade training program that pushes people to reach their maximum potential.
Be prepared to put in several hours outside of the classroom each week.
What is the online learning experience like?
Online education allows people to learn from anywhere and complete programs without commuting to a campus.
We’ve designed our virtual classrooms to keep you engaged and motivated.
Our lessons are broken up into manageable chunks combined with practical hands-on labs and projects.
We also invite our members into our social media network to build relationships and share knowledge/experiences.
What happens if I miss a class?
Academy members must attend 90% of their classes to graduate from the program.
If you miss a class, you can catch up through digital recordings.
If there are emergencies, we will work with you accordingly to find a solution.
What is an ISA and how does it work?
NexGenT’s Income Sharing Agreement (ISA) is the easiest way to pay for NexGenT’s training programs. An NexGenT’s ISA is a contract under which you agree to pay 10% of your post-graduation annual salary for 48 months, but only once you’re making $40,000 per year* (the equivalent of $3,333/month). Under NexGenT’s ISA, students will never pay more than the payment cap. If your tuition isn’t paid back within 7 years of graduating, we waive the rest of your balance to zero, even if you made zero payments.
Our ISA contract obligation will be waived after seven years of graduation, regardless of how many payments have been made.
We only select students who we believe will be successful and cover your tuition upfront until you’re in a good financial position to pay us back.
Does my ISA include interest?
No, there is no interest in an ISA. The payback of your ISA will depend 100% on what your salary is. The payment cap is $25,000.
How do you verify my income?
NexGenT partners with an ISA provider, named Leif to handle all administration regarding ISAs.
Leif will be in contact with you shortly after you complete the program and request information to verify current income (ex. paystub).**
You will be required to report your employment status and income on a monthly basis. This is done online and takes approximately 1 minute.
**Important: Even if you are not employed and making less than $40,000/year, you will still need to send Leif documentation so they can verify that no payment should be made.
What happens to my ISA if I don’t complete the course?
For our ISA programs we offer a penalty free cancellation period of 3 weeks for part time programs and 2 weeks for Full Time programs. Once outside of the cancellation window, a student may still withdraw but will be obligated to the ISA agreement on a pro-rata basis related to the percentage of the program that has been completed. Once a student has completed greater than 75% of the program OR secured job placement, a student will be 100% obligated to the contract.
Can I pay for the program up-front?
When do the ISA repayments begin?
The first payment toward the Income Sharing Agreement will be due 30 days after you have graduated from NexGenT’s program and you’ve landed a job earning above $40,000/year or above $3,333/month*.
When do the ISA repayments stop?
Repayments will stop once you have hit one of the two milestones. 48 total payments (monthly) OR the $25,000 payment cap.
If your income drops below the minimum threshold ($3,333/month), you will not pay an installment that month.
If you have to stop working, your ISA pauses. There is no interest or penalty.
If the circumstance occurs in which the student accumulates 36 total months under the $3,333/month threshold, the student will be able to void the remainder of the agreement.
How do I get started?
Your early-stage submission will require you to apply online. Once we receive your application, you will be invited to take a 50 question cognitive assessment.
Once your submission of the application and assessments is complete, you will be invited to meet with an officer from our Admissions team. At this meeting, you will have the chance to learn about the academy and plan your tuition.
Most applicants are required to take our 6 hour introduction course after this stage. We only take applicants who are determined, motivated, and willing to put in the work.
The last step in the process is a video interview (Zoom) with an Admissions Supervisor. This should be treated the same as a job interview.
Our company takes on the risk of tuition deferment and goes into debt so that our students get access to state-of-the-art training. This allows you to focus on learning and us to make sure you get a job after graduating.
If you pass the technical assessment, you will receive a formal acceptance email from our team.
How long does the application process take?
On average, the full admission process will take 1-2 weeks.
What are the eligibility requirements and criteria?
NexGenT welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We’ve helped warehouse workers, dog groomers, IT support helpdesk people, and more to land jobs. What set them apart was their potential, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn.
Beneficial backgrounds include
- Bachelor’s or technical degree
- Experience work in IT
- Knowledge of the cybersecurity industry
- Military experience
- Computer savvy
* If you currently have a job with USD $40,000 or higher in annual salary, your ISA payments will kick in after you finish our program.