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About Cisco Networking Academy

The Cisco Networking Academy program teaches thousands of students across the UK the skills needed to build, design, and maintain, networking, improving their career prospects and fulfilling industry demand for networking professionals.

Through 335 UK academies, including 100 London-based academies, the program is helping individuals prepare for industry-recognised certifications and entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) careers, in virtually every type of industry. Students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking, through a combination of e-learning, hands-on training and assessments.

Since launching in the UK in 1999, the program has trained more than 160,000 students and has delivered more than 25,806 certifications. With the support of institutions across the UK, our aim is to grow that figure. To discover how you could be part of it and join the world's biggest classroom, find out more below.

The London 2012 AcademyLondon 2012 Academy

As the official network infrastructure partner for London 2012, Cisco provided routing, switching, security, firewalls and Wi-Fi. Today, part of this infrastructure remains in place to support Cisco's London Networking Academies and help train the future workforce.

Cisco has been working with Schools and Education Leaders from the host boroughs of the Olympics and Paralympic Games to increase the number of Cisco Academies in East London and make the region a world-class hub for technology talent. The initiative is helping develop the local economy, boost employment prospects and inspire the next generation of ICT professionals.

Bringing learning to life

The Cisco Networking Academy delivers the education and support students need, in a fun and engaging way. Here's how...

Passport 21 to Entrepreneurship

In addition to the core ICT and networking curricula, Passport 21 to Entrepreneurship helps students develop the critical business and financial skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to succeed in 21st century careers. Learning is reinforced through business case studies and the specially-created entrepreneurial game, Cisco Aspire.

Cisco Aspire

The Cisco Aspire game integrates virtual worlds, levels, competition and scoring into the curriculum, to help students learn while having fun. Students master fundamental business skills, including money management and troubleshooting, and learn to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Packet Tracer

Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program, that enables students and teachers to collaborate, solve problems, and learn concepts in an engaging and dynamic social environment. It supports a variety of teaching and learning tasks, including lectures, group and individual labs, homework, and competitions.

How can your college become a Cisco Academy?Become a Cisco Academy

If your college is interested in becoming a Cisco Networking Academy and being part of the world's largest classroom, you can complete an online application here.

To be considered, you'll need:

  • A dedicated classroom
  • A PC for every student
  • An Internet connection that supports all computers
  • A local server to download and deliver content
  • Budget or grant funds to purchase an academy lab bundle (if necessary)
  • A certified instructor

Once you've joined NetAcad and your Academy is formally created, your instructors will get access to selected courses. Academy, instructor and student services will become available and flexible instructor training will be negotiated. You can find out more here.