Cyber Essentials - prepare for certification

Explore the assessment questions involved in the Cyber Essentials certification.

  • Online
  • One session
  • Three and a half hour course, with 30 minute exam
  • £150 - £180 + VAT

This course will be held on

  • 20 September 2024

    • Online in Teams
    • 09:00 – 13:30
  • 13 December 2024

    • Online in Teams
    • 09:00 – 13:30
  • 14 February 2025

    • Online in Teams
    • 09:00 – 13:30
  • 23 May 2025

    • Online in Teams
    • 09:00 – 13:30


Cyber Essentials helps give peace of mind that you’ve put essential security protections in place – and is critical for both reputation and compliance. Jisc now offers Cyber Essentials as a service.

This highly-interactive, live, online course is led by a Cyber Essentials assessor and designed to guide you through the 89 questions involved in the Cyber Essentials certification process, what they mean to your institution, common problems, issues and how to prepare your organisation for certification.

The course concludes with a short test where you will gain a Demonstrated digital credential and puts you in a good position to review and implement the changes needed to pass your Cyber Essentials certification.

Looking to renew you certification? This course will help refresh your knowledge of the 89 questions involved in the process.

Who should attend

Suitable for a wide audience from security roles, IT roles through to procurement roles bidding on government projects needing Cyber Essentials.

What we cover

  • Cyber Essentials certification – what does it involve?
  • An overview of the 89 questions
  • Common pitfalls
  • Discussion on aspects most relevant to your organisation
  • Instant failures
  • How to sell Cyber Essentials to senior management and gain organisational buy-in
  • Assessor’s top tips
  • Renewal process

Training outcomes

By the end of the session you will:

  • Be able to highlight the benefits of obtaining Cyber Essentials certification​ to your organisation
  • Be able to apply the 89 questions to your own organisation
  • Have identified potential challenges and have a plan to resolve those​
  • Have a road map to Cyber Essentials certification​ planned
  • Have successfully completed the test questions
  • Have confidence in applying for Cyber Essentials certification​
  • Have confidence in applying for or renewing your Cyber Essentials certification

Earn digital credentials for this course

By completing this course, you can earn the 'completed' and 'demonstrated' digital badges.

Find out more about digital credentials.

Pricing and eligibility

  • Jisc members - £150 + VAT
  • Non-member , not-for-profit - £180 + VAT

Member types and VAT information

  • Jisc members – typically publicly funded FE, HE and research institutions
  • Non-members - Eligible local government, public sector, private/independent education providers and non-profit customers
  • VAT - VAT is charged at 20% of the value of the service.


For more information, email or phone 01235 822242.

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An easy route to procurement

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We are an approved supplier on the Crown Commercial Service dynamic purchasing system (DPS). This provides a simple and trusted way for public sector buyers and our members to procure Jisc cyber security services and training.