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Training and Certifications Subgroup

Discontinued Group:

The Training and Certifications subgroup has been discontinued as part of the restructuring of the NICE Community Coordinating Council (formerly NICE Working Group), introduction of new NICE Working Groups aligned to the NICE Strategic Plan, and transition of some of the subgroups to NICE Communities of Interest. This page is provided for historical purposes. 

The NICE Program Office thanks these group members for their commitment and involvement in this subgroup. We encourage members to join one or more of the new Working Groups or Communities or Interest.


On topics pertaining to the development and management of performance-based evaluation and training programs, capable of adapting to meet the nation's evolving cybersecurity needs. This sub-committee will also explore mapping professional certifications to the NICE Framework. View the full Training and Certifications Subgroup Charter here.

Training and Certifications Subgroup Co-Chairs: 

NICE John McCumber

John McCumber 

NICE Jim Boardman

Jim Boardman
Academy Training Engineer, Cybersecurity Academy
Palo Alto Networks

Active Projects:

  • Cyber Ranges - the purpose of this project is to describe the capabilities and features found in cyber range implementation and to enable comparison of cyber range offerings to allow educators, users, or offerors to more confidently explore their options when seeking a "best fit" cyber range for their needs. View the full project charter here.
  • Training Best Practices and Innovation - This is intended to outline best practices for training activities that have proven effective in use by academia and non-academic training providers such as SANS. In addition, this project will also catalogue new and innovative approaches to cybersecurity training activities.View the full project charter here


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  • Developed survey for T&C members to provide feedback on project initiatives
  • Work completed on a draft Cyber Range guide

Completed Projects:




  • NICE Program Office
    (301) 975-4470
    100 Bureau Dr.
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Created April 24, 2017, Updated December 14, 2020