Courses and Certifications
The Internet is changing life as we know it—bringing new economic and social opportunities to communities throughout the world, and increasing the global demand for information and communication technology (ICT) skills. Innovations such as social networking, cloud computing, e-commerce, web conferencing, and desktop virtualization are changing the way we live, work, play, and learn. These capabilities are all powered by networks, and organizations around the world are experiencing a shortage of qualified ICT candidates to design, install, and manage these networks.
Cisco Certified Network Professional – CCNP
The Cisco CCNP curriculum is designed for students seeking career oriented, enterprise-level networking skills. CCNP helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in ICT-related degree and diploma programs and prepare for the Cisco CCNP certification. It provides a theoretically rich, hands-on learning experience covering advanced routing, switching, and troubleshooting skills. CCNP provides a next step for CCNA Discovery or CCNA Exploration students who want to build on their CCNA-level skill set to further a career in computer networking.
CCNP equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, secure, maintain, and troubleshoot converged enterprise networks. The CCNP curriculum consists of three courses:
CCNP ROUTE: Implementing IP Routing
CCNP SWITCH: Implementing IP Switching
CCNP TSHOOT: Maintaining and Troubleshooting IP Networks.
CCNP ROUTE: Implementing IP Routing
This course teaches students how to implement, monitor, and maintain routing services in an enterprise network. Students will learn how to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing solutions, using a range of routing protocols in IPv4 and IPv6 environments. The course also covers the configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers. Comprehensive labs emphasize hands-on learning and practice to reinforce configuration skills.
CCNP SWITCH: Implementing IP Switching
This course teaches students how to implement, monitor, and maintain switching in converged enterprise campus networks. Students will learn how to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions. The course also covers the secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice, and video into campus networks. Comprehensive labs emphasize hands-on learning and practice to reinforce configuration skills.
CCNP TSHOOT: Maintaining and Troubleshooting IP Networks
This course teaches students how to monitor and maintain complex, enterprise routed and switched IP networks. Skills learned include the planning and execution of regular network maintenance, as well as support and troubleshooting using technology based processes and best practices, based on systematic and industry recognized approaches. Extensive labs emphasize hands-on learning and practice to reinforce troubleshooting techniques.
CCNP ROUTE and CCNP SWITCH are both prerequisites for this course.
The CCNP curriculum helps students prepare for the Cisco CCNP certification exams. The CCNP certification validates a network professional’s ability to install, configure, and troubleshoot converged local and wide area networks. CCNP offers a career development path for Cisco CCNA certified network engineers and a solid foundation for those who are interested in the Cisco CCIE® certification.
The CCNP certification requires candidates to pass three 120-minute exams—ROUTE #642-902, SWITCH #642-813, and TSHOOT #642-832—that validate the key competencies of network engineers.
The CCNP curriculum was designed to reflect the job skills and responsibilities that are associated with professional-level job roles such as network engineer, systems engineer, network support engineer, network administrator, network consultant , and system integrator.
PC Hardware and Software curriculum provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) professionals. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of PC technology, networking, and security, and also provides an introduction to advanced concepts, along with essential career skills.
Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Hands-on labs and Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop learning tools help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. Cisco Packet Tracer simulation- based learning activities promote the exploration of network and networking security concepts and allow students to experiment with network behavior.
Define information technology (IT) and describe the component of a personal computer.
Describe how to protect self, equipment, and the environment from accidents, damage, and contamination.
Perform a step-by-step assembly of a desktop computer and install and navigate an operating system.
Explain and perform preventive maintenance.
Explain the steps of the troubleshooting process and perform basic troubleshooting
Upgrade or replace components of a laptop, printer, or scanner based on customer needs.
Configure computers to attach to an existing network Implement basic physical and software security principles.
Apply good communications skills and professional behavior while working with customers.
Assess customer needs, analyze possible configurations, and provide solutions or recommendations for hardware, operating systems, networking, and security.
The curriculum helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification, which helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers. In addition, the course provides a learning pathway to the CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration curricula.
Cisco Certified Network Associate – CCNA
The Cisco CCNA Exploration curriculum provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and soft-skills development. The curriculum teaches networking based on technology, covering networking concepts using a top-down, theoretical, and integrated approach – from network applications to the network protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network.
CCNA Exploration is designed for students with advanced problem solving and analytical skills. The curriculum offers a comprehensive and theoretical learning experience for analytical students, and uses language that aligns well with engineering concepts. Interactive activities are embedded in the curriculum, along with detailed, theoretical content which will encourage exploration and research. Advanced hands-on labs and Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills
CCNA Exploration can be delivered as an independent curriculum or integrated into a broader course of study, such as degree programs in IT, engineering, math, or science. While primarily designed for postsecondary institutions, CCNA Exploration is appropriate for students at many education levels if they have the required skills, and if the instructional approach complements their learning style and educational goals. Innovative assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills
Network Fundamentals: Following a top-down approach, the first course introduces applications and application services very early in the curriculum to provide a foundation. Advanced technologies (voice, video, wireless, and security) are also introduced.
Routing Protocols and Concepts: Routing and switching topics and concepts are grouped to allow for a higher level of flexibility in the course delivery. All routing topics are covered in this course, which includes advanced level routing protocols their configuration and trouble shooting mechanisms to create a converged corporate network.
LAN Switching and Wireless: All switching topics are covered in the LAN Switching and Wireless course. Switching topics will cover advanced technologies and trends used to create wired and wireless LAN’s. Routing and Switching courses can be taught either in sequence or simultaneously.
Accessing the WAN: The last course, Accessing the Wan, thoroughly covers all WAN technologies. All courses include advanced and challenging labs and activities that allow students to visualize and gain hands-on experience with the application protocols and services introduced in the course.
Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to help them prepare for the Cisco CCNA® certification exam. The CCNA certification is highly valued in the global networking industry and provides validation of the skills and knowledge required for entry-level networking careers. Students who complete all four CCNA Exploration courses will be prepared for the industry-standard CCNA certification exam (640-802).
The curriculum also helps students develop networking skills and knowledge that extend beyond the minimum requirements for the CCNA certification. CCNA Exploration emphasizes practical experience to help prepare students for entry-level networking and IT careers such as the following:
Cisco Packet Tracer
Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program developed by Networking Academy that allows students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questions. As an integral part of the CCNA Exploration curriculum, Packet Tracer provides simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and collaboration capabilities and makes teaching and learning complex technology concepts easier.
Packet Tracer supplements physical equipment by allowing students to design and create a network with an almost unlimited number of devices, encouraging open practice, discovery, and troubleshooting. The simulation-based learning environment helps students develop 21st century skills such as decision making, creative and critical thinking and problem solving. Packet Tracer simulation activities are embedded in all CCNA Exploration courses.
The software is available free of charge to all Networking Academy instructors, students, and alumni.