Partnering with
Centers of Academic Excellence
to prepare students across the USA
for their future Cybersecurity Careers

Disclaimer: This webpage provided by EC-Council ("we", "us", "our") at represents EC-Council Academia Partner benefits to U.S. academic institutions with the CAE designation. EC-Council does not claim a formal partnership with the CAE program itself, and benefits on this page are a function of the EC-Council Academia partner program specifically and available to CAEs who are also partnered with EC-Council via the EC-Council Academia program. These benefits and partnership are not to be confused with the actual process of CAE accreditation by the National Security Agency.

EC-Council Academia Partner Benefits:

Automatic exam eligibility for qualifying students
Academic discounts towards eBooks, Labs, exam prep, and exam vouchers
Access to MOOC courses including the Essentials Series
Faculty certification scholarships and discounted exam vouchers
(1 per calendar year)
Complimentary evaluation resources for faculty members
Certification logo and trademark use under brand guidelines

Extended Benefits to CAEs:

(Terms and Conditions Apply)

Discounted vouchers for qualifying students up to 80% off list rates
One free retake with the purchase of an exam voucher (ECC Exam Onsite Only)
(Up to 90 days from the date of a failed attempt)
Free exam prep with the purchase of an eBook and lab bundle (E.g., NDE,  EHE, DFE, CND, CEH, CHFI)
Unlimited faculty scholarships
(Full-time faculty–onsite testing)

Discounts up to 50% off for employee and IT Administrator certification bundles

Official webpage listing as an EC-Council Academia Partner

Benefits to National Centers of Academic Excellence

EC-Council Academia is partnered with over 150 National Centers of Academic Excellence in the United States. As a function of the EC-Council Academia Partner program, starting June 1st, 2023, several key benefits and advantages are now available to CAEs as they continue to align to the most rigorous academic standards in Cybersecurity.

Qualifying for Extended Benefits

Extended benefits for approved National Centers of Academic Excellence (e.g., CAE-CD, CAE-R, and CAE-CO) institutions within the EC-Council’s Academia Partner program starts with EC-Council Academia partnership. Once partnership is established, CAEs may formally write to [email protected] confirming their CAE designation to unlock extended benefits. Once an acknowledgement is made by EC-Council, these benefits can start immediately!

How Partnership Works


Apply for partnership


Post approval, unlock faculty scholarships and evaluation resources


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