Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) – Evenings

This is a professional development evening course for experienced and/or qualified IT Support professionals who wish to become a certified Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing & Switching – a universally recognised qualification.

The course validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot small to medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a Wide Area Network. CCNA also covers basic mitigation of security threats.  The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is a prerequisite for Cisco’s certifications such as Security, Wireless and Cloud. The knowledge learnt on the course gives the student the ability to apply for junior networking engineer roles in the IT industry.

Learning Outcomes
1. Install, operate, and troubleshoot a medium-sized network, including connecting to a WAN and implementing network security.
2. Describe the effects of new technologies such as IoE, IoT, IWAN, and SDN on network evolution.

Applicants must have a basic knowledge and experience of using and troubleshooting computer systems. Previous online IT exam experience is desirable such as CompTIA Network+ or Microsoft MTA exams.

Course Content
This course consists of Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 (ICND1) and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 2 (ICND2). Students will learn how to install, operate, configure, and verify a basic IPv4 and IPv6 network, including configuring a LAN switch, configuring an IP router, connecting to a WAN, and identifying basic security threats. It also includes more in-depth topics that teach learners how to perform basic troubleshooting steps in enterprise branch office networks, preparing students for the the CCNA exams.

Students must sit two exams to achieve the CCNA Routing and Switching certification. The exams are: 100-105 ICND1 and 200-105 ICND2.

Blended Learning: tutor led classes + online modules + online / offline tutor support. The CCNA qualification will delivered across an Autumn and a Spring term each comprising 8 evenings + 2 Saturday workshops. Preparation for 100-105 ICND1 exam will happen in the Autumn term and 200-105 ICND2 exam in the Spring term.

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Course Contents

  • Switches Routers
  • Alleviating network security threats
  • Wireless network concepts and terminology
  • Troubleshooting
  • IOS Protocols and Licensing
  • IPv6
  • Open Short Path First Protocol (OSPF)
  • VLANs
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Etherchannel
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • Serial Line Interface Protocol
  • Ethernet
  • Frame Relays
  • Netflow
  • WLANs, LANs and WANs
Course Module Objectives

  • Induction – Blended Learning. State the course objectives and outcomes, outline the training location’s safety rules, and introduce the participants to the Moodle on-line learning environment.
  • Cisco Interconnecting Network Devices Part 1 –Describe network fundamentals, build simple LANs, establish internet connectivity, manage network device security, expand small to medium sized networks using WAN connectivity, and describe IPv6 basics.
  • Cisco Interconnecting Network Devices Part – 2 Operate a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches which supports VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree; troubleshoot IP connectivity; configure and troubleshoot EIGRP in a IPv4 environment; configure EIGRP for IPv6; configure and troubleshoot OSPF in an IPv4 environment; configure OSPF for IPv6; define the characteristics, functions and components of a WAN; describe SNMP, Syslog and Netflow; and manage Cisco device configurations, IOS images and licenses

A blend of tutor led workshops and on-line learning are used to deliver this course.  Fifteen days of workshop based learning is combined with on-line delivery and tutor support.  Participants will receive a detailed schedule of the workshops and instructions on how to engage with the Moodle on-line learning platform on the first day of the course.  The delivery method allows self-directed learners who are comfortable using computer based learning to tailor the time and place of study to their particular needs.  They will need a broadband internet connection to access the course material.  Formal on-line exams take place in a designated exam centre and are used to assess the participants for certification purposes

Reached the statutory school leaving age.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent standard of education.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Computer literate, PC operating system navigation and basic IP address knowledge.
An understanding of basic networking concepts and Cisco technologies.
Previous experience working on the technical side of computer networks, LAN administration, client server administration, software programming, telecommunications, electronics or a related field.
Self-directed and suited to on-line computer based learning.

Network engineers, network administrators, and network specialists are employed in the IT departments of large and medium sized companies.  Small companies tend to outsource the work to specialist service providers.  The leading recruitment agencies continue to advertising vacancies for these types of positions.

Graduates from this course should seek positions in line with their previous experience.