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Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is one of the longest-standing IT skills-to-jobs programs in the world. We transform the lives of learners, educators, and communities through the power of technology, education, and career opportunities to power an inclusive future for all. We bridge digital divides for underrepresented communities, opening them up to a world of opportunities in the evolving digital economy.

In its 25th anniversary year, Cisco Networking Academy celebrates educating the learners who connect the world in collaboration with our unmatched ecosystem of partnerships including governments, academic institutions, and nonprofits.

In fiscal 2022:

3.2M learners
190 countries
29,300 instructors
11,800 academies
40 courses in up to 27 languages

We're proud to have reached 17.5 million learners around the world who have participated in Cisco Networking Academy courses through one of our academies or directly through Skills for All over this time. Our emphasis on providing equitable access to education and inclusive workforce development has led to women representing 4.6 million students since the program began, and 153,000 people reporting disabilities since 2019.

95% of students participating in Cisco career certification courses say Networking Academy helped them obtain a job and/or educational
3.4M students who participated in Cisco career certification or IT Essentials courses say Networking Academy helped them obtain a
new job

Career-focused for learners

Our students tell the story best. Between fiscal 2005 (when exit surveys began) and fiscal 2022, the program helped 3.4 million students who participated in Cisco career certification or IT Essentials courses obtain a new job. Among students who participated in Cisco Certification coursework, 95 percent obtained a job and/or educational opportunity, according to these same surveys.

Career resources from the Cisco Talent Bridge program are a powerful way to connect learners to jobs, preparing them no matter where they are on their journey with resources like:

  • An online job matching engine (available in 18 languages)
  • Career advice articles and webinars on demand
  • Self-enroll career preparation workshop
  • An alumni network on LinkedIn

Learn more about how Networking Academy is transforming students' lives.


Partnerships with governments, academic institutions, NGOs, and other organizations make the Cisco Networking Academy program possible. We continue to grow this network. Some of our academies support underrepresented communities, including women, rural populations, people with disabilities, veterans, and persons within the justice system. Our ecosystem of partners help to grow skilled workforces to power a competitive digital economy. To ensure inclusive access, Networking Academy's curriculum and tools are free to eligible education partners.

For example, we signed a memorandum of understanding in 2019 with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for Digital Transformation Centers to train underserved communities with digital skills.

"As a 23-year Cisco Networking Academy teacher, I have experienced the success of my students—90% of them are considered at risk yet they thrive in the Networking Academy. As a teacher nothing is better than seeing a student succeed in class, get a job, move up in their careers. They credit successes to the skills they learned in the Networking Academy. The rewards of seeing students succeed is like nothing I've experienced in my 32 years in education."

-Jim Elkins,
North Technical High School, U.S.


Skilled and passionate instructors are essential to Networking Academy's success. We offer comprehensive professional development and training for our instructors throughout the year. The Instructor Professional Development (IPD) program is designed to ensure our instructor community is well-trained on the latest Networking Academy curriculum while being up-to-speed with the most relevant technological advancements in areas like networking, infrastructure automation, cybersecurity, and programming. Instructors have access to a variety of communities within Cisco where they interact directly and share insights with product teams and peer experts. Additionally, feedback from instructors on program direction and enhancements is collected through surveys and instructor advisory boards around the world. This data collection also helps us understand the impact of Networking Academy on instructors' lives and careers.


Our technology and education experts design skills-to-jobs curriculum and experiences to support people on their learning journeys, from curiosity through career development. We continue to innovate to keep our curriculum relevant as industry needs evolve and learning technology enables new ways to facilitate effective learning.

As a leader in technology, Cisco brings our industry expertise in areas like networking, cybersecurity, and programmable infrastructure to develop high-quality learning backed by learning science. Courses are developed with the end in mind: the skills to get jobs. We translate those skills into learning objectives and then build purpose-driven, practice-oriented courses aligned to industry-recognized certifications to prepare learners with transferable, vendor-neutral skills. For example, learners get practical experience through leading-edge remote and hands-on learning with physical equipment and the powerful network simulation tool Cisco Packet Tracer.

"Honestly, if Cisco Networking Academy didn't exist, I wouldn't be in cybersecurity right now. I had very little knowledge of it before I took the Introduction to Cybersecurity course. Threat hunting is my favorite part of the job."

- Agnes Chege, Kenya

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success stories.

The program is available to a range of learners—from young adult to lifelong learner—including those pursuing higher education, seeking a new career path, or wanting to gain tech skills. It is delivered through universities, colleges, high schools, NGOs, governments, and directly to learners through its education platforms, allowing the program to reach diverse learners in 190 countries. With 34 percent of its 3.2 million participants in fiscal 2022 from the Americas, 26 percent from Asia Pacific, Japan, and China, and 40 percent from Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Cisco Networking Academy is making major strides to help address the global technology skills gap. The program is:

  • Comprehensive. A skills-to-jobs learning experience where learners work to develop skills they will use in the workplace.
  • Accessible. Content is available through instructor-led or online self-paced courses and through compatible assistive technologies. It's also localized in up to 27 languages worldwide.
  • Career-focused. Learners can access comprehensive career resources and connect with over 1000 potential employers through the Cisco Talent Bridge program.
  • Proven. Year after year, student surveys show the program provides valuable skills that help them obtain jobs and grow their careers.

Skills for All

Our most recent innovation, Skills for All with Cisco Networking Academy, a free, "mobile-first" learning platform, scales access to education, empowering even more people worldwide with career possibilities. Skills for All makes learning more broadly accessible and relevant for new types of learners, new approaches to learning, and new types of education partners. Skills for All expands Networking Academy offerings and complements to provide academies more course delivery options for hybrid learning, with free courses now being offered in languages other than English and many other courses in development.

As a part of Cisco Networking Academy, Skills for All also provides connections to entry-level jobs and comprehensive career resources through Cisco Talent Bridge.

"Our Cisco Networking Academy global education partner ecosystem is unmatched and underscores the value and impact of our efforts."

- Laura Quintana, Vice President and
General Manager,
Cisco Networking Academy

GPS: Global problem solvers

Global Problem Solvers: The Series

With Global Problem Solvers: The Series, an animated video series, Cisco is helping students in grades 4-8 learn that being a social entrepreneur is as simple as working with others, being creative, and using technology to solve problems. Each season tackles a different global problem using the different stages of social entrepreneurship, from defining a problem to marketing a product. The series, along with lesson plans for parents and teachers, is available in English, French, Hindi, and Spanish.