Certification Program in IT Security

Jan-March 2023: South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius
Applications now open

The time is now

There’s never been a better time to launch a career in IT Security. Cybersecurity threats are on the rise, yet the current global shortfall of cybersecurity workers has been estimated at over 3 million. There are tremendous opportunities for passionate young talent entering this field – with roles extending from software development to sales, support, and professional services.

Trend Micro’s Certification Program in IT Security (CPITS) reflects our commitment to closing the cybersecurity skills gap and increasing diversity in our industry. Trainees undergo a free 10-week program focusing on the soft and hard skills required to succeed in the field. Participants earn industry-recognised certificates, and a number of those completing the program are offered employment opportunities with Trend Micro. 

Over the last 6 years, over 400 young cybersecurity professionals have passed through the CPITS, going on to embark on a wide range of information security careers internationally – in Australia, Brazil, India, the US, the Middle East, and Africa.     

The next edition of the CPITS takes place from January to March, 2023 and will combine remote (virtual classroom) study with a period of ‘in-person’ training. The program is open to candidates in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Mauritius.  

Further details, including application forms, can be found below.

The deadline for applications is November 13th 2022.

“The CPITS program was that one opportunity that turned things around and kickstarted my career in cybersecurity. I got trained in the various aspects of cybersecurity and even in soft skills by well-seasoned instructors who gave great attention to the students. I had lots of fun at the same time, getting to meet amazing people, sharing ideas, perspectives, and culture!”

Fortress Abioye
Associate Systems Engineer,
CPITS graduate, Nigeria 2021

Program overview 

Is the CPITS for you?

"Joining a robust, condensed, and impactful training strategy like CPITS has opened many doors for me, allowing me to explore and break into top industries with job opportunities in cybersecurity and cloud computing. The CPITS has been a sort of investment in myself: my character as well as my soft & technical skills. Overall, it’s a great way for engineers like me to gain a wide variety of experiences, make good friends, and enjoy their journey!"

Mohamed Ashour, Systems Engineer,
CPITS graduate, 2017

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"CPITS was really a turning point in my whole life! During the program, I learned the true meaning of ‘exploring yourself’. I discovered my passion while learning cybersecurity fundamentals and identified my potential to explore further and further in a cybersecurity career."


Asmaa Elsawy, Systems Engineer,
CPITS graduate,  2018

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"The program helped put me on the right track after graduation - being well-trained by top experts in cybersecurity, and then getting really good experience in specialist security and cloud technologies. At the same time, I benefitted from chances to learn more about myself in the context of business."


Shereen Lotfy, Sales Operations Specialist,
CPITS graduate, 2017

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"The CPITS gave me a great chance. It helped enrich my knowledge of the cybersecurity field. But it wasn’t only about the technical skills, but also about expanding my understanding of the market and the business needs of this crucial Industry. The program helped me improve my knowledge and skills, making me more confident, while pushing me to do my best and showing me how to continue growing and learning throughout my journey!"


Aisha Badr, Systems Engineer,
CPITS graduate,  2018

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Apply for the CPITS

To apply for this edition of the CPITS, first download and review the Information for Candidates document to ensure your skills and interests meet the program requirements.

Then download, complete, and email the Application Form, along with a copy of your CV/resumé to MMEA_CPITS@trendmicro.com by the deadline of November 13th 2022.

We are unable to process incomplete applications, so please ensure both documents (CV and Application Form) are fully completed and attached to your email.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for first round interviews starting in November 2022.

Contact us

For all other inquiries about the CPITS in the Middle East and Africa, please email MMEA_CPITS@trendmicro.com