Cisco CCNA and Systems Administration with Work Experience (Intake 1) / Cisco CCNA agus Riarachán Córas le Taithí Oibre (Céad Ghrúpa)

No formal qualification in computing is required for entry to the course but it is recommended that applicants would have completed the CompTIA A+ or Network+ course or equivalent.

CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Routing and Switching certification is the first step in helping you prepare for a career in networking. This in addition to Linux knowledge will help improve your skill sets, and provide you with ability to manage and optimise network systems.

Students will learn the technical skills and soft skills needed to succeed in entry-level networking professions such as a network installer, help desk technician, pre-sales support technician, or network technician.

This course enables you to complete 2 valuable industrial certification exams in addition to your academic studies. CCNARouting and Switching focuses on network infrastructure, mainly routing and switching, but it also includes wireless access, security, and connectivity to branch offices using WAN. This part of the course prepares candidates for the new CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam 200-125.

The Systems Administration module focuses on the CompTIA Linux+, Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 and SUSE Certified Linux Administrator certifications. It offers a framework for acquiring working knowledge of Linux for IT professionals working as junior-level system administrators, as well as those working in Web and software development.

This course is suitable for people that are unemployed, returning to the workforce and those that need upskilling.

There are a large number of learners that would benefit from completing a NFQ level 6 in this area, particularly those with trades/retail backgrounds that would like to make a career change.

Industry has identified the Level 6 as often a minimum entry for many IT positions and this course would help workers to start in Higher Education, as there are no pre-requisites for the course.

This course also provides an opportunity for graduates to move into the Networking and Linux specialist area

Programme Modules:

Introduction to Networks: You will have a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications and protocols.

Routing and Switching Essentials: Gain more knowledge on what it takes to work with LANs, WANs and other network designs.

Connecting Networks: Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment

Scaling Networks: Work with routers and switches using OSPF, EIGRP, and STP protocols in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Systems Administration: Gain a working knowledge of the Linux command line.

Work Experience: This module provides students with experience of a business/industry setting.

The 3 month Work placement 30 credits at the end of the course aims to provide learners with their first experience of a structured professional setting. Learners will gain experience of the skills, and operations of the industry they are placed in. Learners are expected to become involved in the full range of work activities carried out by the work placement organisation and get practical experience of all aspects of the business. The placement also helps the learner develop work methods and discipline and provides learners with an opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and attributes, which will benefit them in their chosen career.

Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm - 10.00pm

TU Code



NFQ Level 6 (60 ECTS Credits)


Certificate in CISCO-CCNA


1 year

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

Week beginning September 23rd 2019



Fees (EU)

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