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Upskill your IT workforce at no cost through TechCred

Free IT Training for Ohio Businesses

The TechCred application opens on January 3, 2022 and will close on January 31, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Note: This program is intended for Ohio businesses and employers only. If you are an individual please apply for IMAP program, completing this form.

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The Development Services Agency of the State of Ohio has allocated funds to upskill IT professionals across the state. Global Lynx was selected as one of the providers to offer FREE IT TRAINING. If you are an Ohio resident or if your company has offices in Ohio, you can apply for obtaining CompTIA, DevOps, ITIL, and many other courses for FREE. This program is available to both individuals and groups. Our courses are online, live, and instructor-led by experienced IT consultants. Along with free tuition, an exam will also be provided for each course to take the industry-accepted certification examination. Fill out the form below to get started today!

What is TechCred?

TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy.

Many of these trainings can be completed online!

These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.

Courses Available | TechCred Program Ohio

Course Description Length
EC-Council Accredited Training Center - Global Lynx Certified Ethical Hacker is the world’s most advanced certified ethical hacking course, covering 20 of the most current security domains any IT pro will need to know when bullet-proofing the information security of their organization. This EC-Council accredited course provides advanced tools and techniques used by hackers and information security professionals. 40 hours
CompTIA authorized partner - Global Lynx CompTIA Network+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks. Jobs like network field technician and junior network administrator use the skills validated by CompTIA Network+ certification. Companies like Apple, Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ricoh, the United States Department of Defense and Verizon all look for CompTIA Network+ certification in hiring. 40 hours
CompTIA authorized partner - Global Lynx CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue IT security careers. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues. It focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection. 40 hours
CompTIA authorized partner - Global Lynx CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) is an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills that helps professionals decide if a career in IT is right for them. It also helps organizations prepare non-technical teams for digital transformation. 40 hours
CompTIA authorized partner - Global Lynx CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world. 40 hours
EXIN DevOps Foundation - Global Lynx DevOps Foundation provides understanding of basic DevOps concepts (how DevOps is used to improve communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and IT operations professionals). 16 hours
ITIL 4 People Cert ITIL 4 Foundation provides perspective of the whole IT picture, not just hardware. It teaches several IT process lifecycles, (ie. change management, problem management, incident management, etc.). 20 hours


A comprehensive list of frequently asked questions relating to the TechCred program.

  • Q: Which training providers can employers use for credential training?

    A: The TechCred program encourages employers to choose the training provider that will most effectively meet their needs. Examples of eligible training providers include: universities, community colleges, Ohio technical centers, and private training providers.

  • Q: How do employers get started?

    A: Getting started with the TechCred program is simple.

    1. Identify skills needed and employees
    2. Partner with a credential provider
    3. Apply online
    4. Enroll employees in the training program
    5. Verify credential completion
    6. Receive reimbursement
  • Q: Which credentials are eligible?

    A: The list of eligible credentials is available on the credential list page. Employers can request for credentials, which meet the eligibility requirements, to be added to the list of eligible credentials in the application process. When filling out the application, businesses will choose “Credential Not Listed” and answer a few simple questions about the credential they are suggesting. A panel of experts will then review each additional credential submitted for approval by employers.

  • Q: What is TechCred?

    A: Ohio's TechCred Program gives businesses the chance to upskill current and future employees to help them qualify for a better job in today’s tech-infused economy. Businesses who submit successful applications will be reimbursed, up to $2000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials.

  • Q: If an employee is laid off because of coronavirus, but their employer wants them back, can the employer still take advantage of TechCred and train right now during the layoff period?

    A: Yes, TechCred can be used to train both current and prospective employees. So, the employer can train that employee during the layoff period and be reimbursed, as long as the employee is on the payroll at the point when the employer requests reimbursement.

TechCred Inquiry Form

Note: This program is intended for Ohio businesses and employers only.
If you are an individual please apply for IMAP program, completing this form.

If you are an employer, complete the following information:

1. Personal information:
2. Select the course(s) you would like to take at no cost for you:
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+
CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)
CompTIA A+
DevOps Foundation
ITIL 4 Foundation

If you are an employee, complete the following information:

3. What best describes your current employment situation: (All answers are confidential)

4. Choose which best describes your education level?

5. Please provide the following information: