Application - Creating IT Futures


Apply for PrepareU or Project Essentials

Ready to join our tuition-free, training programs for entry-level IT workers? Students need to answer yes to the following questions:
  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant?
  • Are you a high school graduate or do you have a GED?
  • Do you have access to a computer with Internet connection?
  • Have you already achieved an associate or bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology, OR earned at least one IT certification (a CompTIA certification is preferred but not required), OR enrolled in an IT training class working toward a certification?
To begin your application, complete the form below. Your location and proximity to an available training location will be verified and you will be redirected to the full application if you geographically qualify for the program. 

Once you’ve submitted an online application, we review it. Training spots are limited. Our initial decision on who moves forward in the process is based on level of need. The list is further refined through one or more of the following stages:
  • A telephone interview.
  • An online assessment.
  • An in-person written Test for Adult Basic Education for reading and math. (Candidates must score at the 10th-grade level or higher.)
  • An in-person interview.
  • A criminal background check.
Applicants can be dropped from consideration at any point during this process. Candidates who successfully move through all of these steps may be invited to join our free training classes.

All information must be completed.

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Creating IT Futures

A 501(c)(3) charity was established in 1998 by CompTIA, the Information Technology Industry Trade Association, as a way to help people improve their lives through IT careers.


We help populations that are under-represented in IT and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers.


Creating IT Futures
c/o CompTIA
3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 678-8300