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CAE-CD Application Assistance Resources

CAE Program Submission Schedule

The timeline below has been updated with the new submission deadlines. Applicants who are unsure of their assigned cycle number should contact the CAE Candidates Program National Center at [email protected].

Program of Study (PoS) Cycle

Access to Application

*Application Due

**Pre-submission Review (PSR) Feedback Deadline

Final Submission

PoS Cycle 1

10/15/2020

12/15/2020

1/1/2021

1/15/2021

PoS Cycle 2

11/17/2020

3/15/2021

4/1/2021

4/15/2021

PoS Cycle 3

1/1/2021

5/2/2021

5/16/2021

5/30/2021

PoS Cycle 4

2/15/2021

6/16/2021

6/30/2021

7/14/2021

PoS Cycle 5

4/1/2021

7/31/2021

8/14/2021

8/28/2021

PoS Cycle 6

5/16/2021

9/14/2021

9/28/2021

10/12/2021

PoS Cycle 7

6/30/2021

7/14/2021

7/28/2021

PoS Cycle 8

8/16/2021

3/15/2022

3/30/2022

4/15/2022

PoS Cycle 9

1/15/2022

3/15/2022

3/30/2022

4/15/2022

PoS Cycle 10

1/15/2022

3/15/2022

3/30/2022

4/15/2022

CAE Cycle

Access to Application

*Application Due

**Pre-submission Review (PSR) Feedback Deadline

Final Submission

CAE Cycle 1

3/26/2021

4/9/2021

4/23/2021

5/7/2021

CAE Cycle 2

6/24/2021

7/8/2021

7/22/2021

8/5/2021

CAE Cycle 3

8/8/2021

8/22/2021

9/5/2021

9/19/2021

CAE Cycle 4

9/22/2021

10/6/2021

10/20/2021

11/3/2021

CAE Cycle 5

11/6/2021

11/20/2021

12/4/2021

12/18/2021

CAE Cycle 6

12/21/2021

1/4/2022

1/18/2022

2/1/2022

CAE Cycle 7

9/15/2021

9/29/2021

10/13/2021

10/27/2021

CAE Cycle 8

7/15/2022

9/15/2022

9/30/2022

10/15/2022

CAE Cycle 9

7/15/2022

9/15/2022

9/30/2022

10/15/2022

CAE Cycle 10

7/15/2022

9/15/2022

9/30/2022

10/15/2022

*Application Due – The date institutions must submit a completed application for pre-submission review (PSR). Partial applications will not be forwarded for review. The PSR is required before there will be a full review of the CAE application.

**PSR Feedback Deadline – The date the pre-submission reviewer will provide feedback to the institution.

Cover of the CAE-CD Proposed Designation Requirements document, an important reference for educational institutions seeking to become a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

CAE-CD Designation Requirements

The CAE-CD Designation Requirements document can answer many of the questions institutions have about the application process. Download the CAE Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Program Guidance document from the NCAE-C website via the button below.

NCAE-C Website

CAE Designation Workshop Video

Screenshot of the CAE Designation workshop video, created to help colleges and universities working to become a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)The CAE Candidates Program National Center at Whatcom Community College (WCC) has developed this two-hour video workshop for regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities interested in earning the CAE in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) designation. The workshop is presented by Corrinne Sande, PI / Director of NCyTE and Director, Computer Sciences and Information Systems at WCC.

CAE Program Overview
The first portion of the workshop provides an overview of the CAE program, the designation criteria, the submission timeline, and the new application process.

Part I: Program of Study (PoS) Validation
This portion of the video covers the details of Program of Study Validation and the first part of the application.

Part II: CAE Institutional Designation
The last half of the workshop covers the second part of the application and CAE-CD Institutional Designation.

View Video

*Application Due – The date institutions must submit a completed application for pre-submission review (PSR). Partial applications will not be forwarded for review. The PSR is required before there will be a full review of the CAE application.

**PSR Feedback Deadline – The date the pre-submission reviewer will provide feedback to the institution.

CAE Preparations Starting Guide

These recommended best practices for starting preparations to apply for the CAE-CD designation have been compiled and shared by one of the institutions in the pilot program.

Download PDF

CAE Preparations File Structure Template

This .zip file contains the recommended file structure, provided by one of the institutions in the pilot program.

Download .Zip

CAE-CD KU Alignment Matrix

This Excel file, developed to help institutions prepare their programs for submission, contains an alignment matrix for each knowledge unit relevant to the CAE-CD designation.

Download Excel file

Templates for the KU Alignment Summary Tables

This Excel file provides templates for the Knowledge Unit Summary Tables by program type and program level. Also included are several examples of completed tables.

Download Excel file

Screenshot of the demo video for the online CAE Application Submission Tool CAE Application Submission Tool Demonstration Video

This 7-minute, 30-second video provides an overview of how to use the online tool to submit your application.

Watch Video

Resources for Mentors & Pre-submission Reviewers

Mentors and Pre-Submission Reviewers will find additional resources specifically useful for them on a separate web page, accessed via the button below.

Resources for Mentors & Reviewers

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