Are you ready to launch an IT career?

Financial Security
Cutting-Edge Skills

We'll help get you there. Fast.

The Shift_Up IT Career FastTrack helps smart, driven, and self-directed adults land new careers in IT. Become an IT support specialist and join an industry with:

- $50,800 average entry-level salary¹
- 340,500 U.S. job openings


Expert-Designed Curriculum

Learn from the best. Train with curriculum designed by Google, preparing you for the CompTIA A+ Certification, the industry-standard credential.


Labs, Discussion, Exam Prep

Join your cohort weekly online for live labs, discussion, exam prep, material reviews, and more. Learn from an industry veteran with 15 years experience.


Labs, Discussion, and Exam Prep

Join class weekly online for live labs, discussion, material reviews, exam prep, and more. Learn from an industry veteran with 15 years experience.


Job Prep and Employer Network

We'll prepare you not just for your exam, but also for your new career. Job prep and leadership training is part of the deal—along with job placement help for graduates.

What You'll Learn

Everything you need to pass the CompTIA A+ industry exam, and more

Meet Your Instructors

Robert Martin leads weekly class sessions. Rob is the Director of Network Engineering at Achievement First, a national network of public charter schools. Rob has 14+ years experience in I.T. as well as experience teaching I.T. training courses.

Bridgett Wiggins leads office hours—time outside of your group discussions when you can also get live help with questions. Bridgett is a Windows Remote Engineer with six years experience in I.T. support roles.



See what people are saying
"Shift_Up has been an invaluable resource for me in launching my tech career. Between the coaching, job network, and certificate programs, it has everything you'll need."

Khari Walker

Current role: PC Technician
Previous role: Warehouse Team Lead

"Shift_Up has given my life a new, purposeful direction. My mentors are professionals, yet so open and enthusiastic."

Maureen Laneski

Current Shift_Up Student

"A great introduction to the world of IT. The program walks you through hardware, networking, and software topics with real world experience in an engaging and insightful fashion."

Tim Ferris

Current role: Junior Developer and IT Specialist
Former role: Grocery clerk


Should I apply?


The IT Career FastTrack is for those 18 and older who are driven, proactive, and ready to start an IT career.

We combine the best of live classes with self-paced online learning—a modern design that keeps prices affordable and saves you time.

If you like learning at your own pace yet value having a cohort, accountability, expert instructors ready to assist, live discussions and labs, and employer access to help you land a job—our program IS for you. If you want a traditional class centered on lectures, our program IS NOT for you.

What does it cost?


$1495 $1196 for a limited time! This includes your CompTIA A+ exam vouchers ($450 value) and curriculum license ($250 value).

Are there "pay later" or payment plan options available?


Yes! We keep prices as low as possible, but we understand not everyone can afford upfront tuition at this time.

Payment plans are available. "Pay later" options (where you pay—with a premium—only after you secure a job) are also available on a select basis for those with demonstrated need. If you are interested but can't participate without these options, let us know here.

What is the time committment?


10-15 hours per week with required Saturday afternoon class.

The program includes 20 weeks total, plus 3 weeks of Unit 1 pre-work, which you must complete before the first day of class. Required class is on Saturday from 3-4:30pm Eastern Time / 12-1:30pm Pacific Time.

Can't make the commitment now, but interested in future classes? Let us know here.

What are classes like?


The FastTrack program uses a "flipped classroom" model that blends the best of flexible, convenient self-paced learning with instructor-led group sessions.

You will study the lecture material and curriculum as homework during the week via self-paced online course modules, and you will attend class weekly to get the most valuable material that only an experienced professional can provide: Live labs, group discussions, insights and lessons from industry experience, course material reviews, and exam preparation.

Is this a fully online program?


Yes. You will need your laptop and access to strong (recommended at or above 25 Mbps) internet speed.

What is Shift_Up?


Shift_Up is the training provider. Shift_Up was founded in 2018 with the mission to strengthen lives through affordable and quality education. We've helped hundreds of adult learners build in-demand digital skills and are proud that over 90% of our students recommend our programs to others.

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¹Source: Burning Glass, Labor Insights (2/1/20 - 1/31/21)