No formal qualification in computing is required for entry to the course but potential participants should have a strong working knowledge of computer technology. Participants should also have internet access and a computer at home as there are weekly online assignments to be completed outside of class contact time.

Our CCNA® curriculum (covering the new course material for the CCNA 200-125 Routing and Switching exam) provides foundational networking knowledge, practical experience, opportunities for career exploration, and soft-skills development to help students prepare for entry-level careers in IT and networking. The curriculum offers a hands-on approach to learning, and uses interactive tools and easy-to-follow labs to help students learn the general theory needed to build networks.

CCNA allows for quick application of learned concepts to encourage students to consider additional education in IT. It uses easy-to-follow, step-by-step laboratories that provide detailed instructions and feedback to help students reach the final solution. It includes embedded e-doing, highly interactive activities that stimulate learning and improve knowledge retention. E-doing involves rich multimedia, including Flash-based activities, videos, and interactive quizzes, that address a variety of learning styles, increase comprehension, and provide a rich learning experience.

The CCNA offers strong employment prospects for graduates in the areas of networking. Skills developed are particularly attractive to any institution or organisation that has computer networks at the core of their business. Among the companies that CCNA graduates now work are Intel, HP, Symantec, IBM, Yahoo, Amazon, Eir, Viatel and Salesforce.

  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Scaling Networks
  • Connecting Networks

The courses are delivered sequentially, and each course is a prerequisite for the next course.

CCNA teaches networking based on applications covering the types of practical networks students may encounter, from simple home or small office networks to more complex enterprise models. Students 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. CCNA also provides an introduction to advanced technologies such as voice, video, wireless, and security.

Exam Description: The 200-125 CCNA is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network. The topics include connecting to a WAN; implementing network security; network types; network media; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; extending switched networks with VLANs; determining IP routes; managing IP traffic with access lists; establishing point-to-point connections; IPV6, Etherchannel, Multi Area OSPF, VPN's and Infrastructure Management.

Monday 5pm to 10pm and 1 Saturday per month, 9.30am to 1pm.

*Classes will be delivered remotely online with some workshops delivered on-site*

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This course is funded through Springboard for 2020. For further information regarding eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see the Springboard website at

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NFQ Level 6 (Special Purpose 20 ECTS)


Certificate in CISCO-CCNA


10 months

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Part Time

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Commencement Date

September 2020





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