Courses and Certifications

Our courses are designed to help students prepare for entry-level career opportunities, continuing education, and globally recognized certifications. Each course is supported by classroom instruction, online assessments, hands-on labs, and interactive learning tools to help students succeed.

Curriculum Description Certification
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software IT Essentials provides an overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. CompTIA A+
CCNA Discovery CCNA Discovery provides an overview of general networking theory and opportunities for practical experience, career exploration, and soft-skills development. Cisco CCENT
Cisco CCNA
CCNA Exploration CCNA Exploration provides a comprehensive overview of foundational to advanced networking concepts, with an emphasis on theory and practical application. Cisco CCNA
CCNA Security CCNA Security introduces the core security concepts and skills needed to install, troubleshoot, and monitor a network to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. Cisco CCNA Security
CCNP CCNP teaches the advanced skills needed to install, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot enterprise-sized networks and manage wireless, security, and voice applications. Cisco CCNP

Related Resources

CCNA Curricula Overview – Learn more about CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration, view course demos, and use an interactive guide to determine which curriculum is right for you.

Cisco Packet Tracer – This interactive software tool provides network simulation and visualization capabilities and supports collaboration and assessment to help students expand their knowledge of networking concepts.

Industry Certifications

Industry certifications are highly respected by employers around the world and help validate the skills needed to enter networking and IT positions in a variety of industries. A worldwide survey of IT hiring managers conducted by Forrester Consulting*, indicated that certifications were second only to a college degree to qualify for jobs and the top criteria used in determining ability to perform the job. Certifications help validate the skills required for computer support technicians and for careers in IT networking. The Networking Academy courses are designed to help students prepare for the following certifications and career paths. Learn about certification exam discounts for qualified students and alumni.

* June 2008, Forrester Consulting survey commissioned by Cisco

Certification Description Careers
CompTIA A+ The CompTIA A+ certification for computer support technicians demonstrates competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security, and troubleshooting. IT technician
IT administrator
Field service technician
CCENT The Cisco CCENT certification for entry network technicians validates the ability to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network and perform basic network security tasks. Help desk technician
Network support technician
CCNA The Cisco CCNA certification for network associates validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks, and implement and verify connections to remote sites in a wide-area network (WAN). Network administrator
Network installer
Network engineer
CCNA Security The Cisco CCNA Security certification for network security professionals validates the knowledge needed to install, troubleshoot, and monitor Cisco network security devices; develop a security infrastructure; recognize network vulnerabilities; and mitigate security threats. Network security specialist
CCNP The Cisco CCNP certification for network professionals validates the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure, and troubleshoot converged local and wide area networks, and manage routers, switches and edge applications that integrate voice, wireless, and security into the network. Level II network engineer
Network technician

To learn more about Cisco certifications, visit the Cisco Learning Network.