Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

The rapid and continuous growth in the size, complexity and pervasiveness of data networks has increased the demand for network administrators, engineers and specialists who implement and manages network infrastructures.  This course is for people who have previous experience on the technical side of computer networks, telecommunications, electronics or related fields. The course focuses on network infrastructure, particularly on switching and routing.  It also covers wireless access, security, and connectivity using wide areas networks (WANs).  It offers participants the opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to design, install, configure, maintain, monitor and troubleshoot modern network infrastructures and to gain industry recognised certification.  A combination of on-line learning and tutor led workshops are used to deliver it.

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.