The Cisco Networking Academy program delivers a comprehensive learning experience to help students develop ICT skills for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and globally recognized career certifications. The curricula also help students build 21st century skills such as collaboration and problem solving by encouraging the practical application of knowledge through hands-on activities and network simulations.
Networking Academy teaches ICT skills to students from virtually every socioeconomic background and region of the world. Students gain the skills needed to pursue networking careers in a variety of industries such as healthcare, technology, financial services, fashion, entertainment, and more. Students also gain access to a global support group, career developments tools, and social networking resources to help them become architects of the human network.
As networking capabilities continue to grow and expand, corporations, nonprofits, schools, hospitals, governments, and NGOs around the world are experiencing a shortage of qualified information and communication technology (ICT) specialists to design, install, secure, and manage their networks.
Students who gain ICT knowledge and practical experience through the Networking Academy program can earn Cisco career certifications and help fill an estimated eight million networking jobs around the world. Our courses map to globally recognized certifications to help students and alumni stand out in the job market and demonstrate their skills and competencies to employers.
One of our learning partners, CompTIA, has developed a TechCareer Compass to give you a better idea of the job opportunities available for networking professionals.
A regular semester has 18 weeks, with 4 hours per week. This refers to classes at the academy; the student is expected to read the course materials at home. Each student is given a username and password, to access the course materials and for the online exams. Although the exams are online, they are taken in the presence of a qualified instructor. The classes at the academy usually include a summary of important points, review of difficult topics and questions, and practice (for example, for the CCNA course, practice with specialized networking equipment, such as routers and network switches).
A cornerstone of the Networking Academy teaching methodology is a focus on practical skills development. While assessment of theoretical content is measured with on-line assessment tools, students must pass a proctored practical skills test on prescribed laboratory equipment, before a passing grade may be awarded.
Development of a balanced theoretical knowledge and work-ready practical skills is monitored and assured through the Cisco Networking Academy Quality Assurance Program.
Using this site student could learn, discuss and share information with global students and instructor’s community. This site also enables students to write exams, view grade sheets and access course materials from anywhere in the globe.
As Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program, Networking Academy aims to improve socioeconomic conditions in communities around the world by increasing access to education and career opportunities, supporting the development of an educated ICT workforce, and promoting the growth of the ICT industry.
In support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Cisco Networking Academy aims to help bridge the digital divide by extending learning opportunities to students in developing countries and those with disabilities. Networking Academy also empowers women by supporting their professional development and encouraging gender equality within the ICT industry
Students who successfully complete Networking Academy courses are invited to join the global alumni community. Registered alumni are eligible for special offers and benefits such as product discounts, career development resources, certification exam preparation tools, and continuing access to Networking Academy course content.