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CISCO Certified Network Associate

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Special Qualification

  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    8th September 2017

Admission Requirements:

None, but a basic knowledge of computer networking would be an advantage.

Course summary

This programme aims to offer the student the training necessary, in both theory and hands-on practical work, to achieve the Cisco qualification of Network Associate. This programme consists of four modules and is designed to teach the objectives of the CCNA qualification, from a basic overview level of networking in module 1 to an advanced discussion of prescribed networking topics in modules 3 and 4, e.g. ACLs, Frame Relay, VLANs, etc.


Computer Science

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Wednesday 6th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.


Course Fee: €2,250 (excludes VUE exam fee)

Duration & Delivery

Mid-September 2017 to mid-June 2018. Lectures every Wednesday night, lab will take place either on Thursday/Friday night or Saturday morning.

CISCO Network Academy Programme

CISCO is the major multinational company that produces routers, switches and software that power the Internet and global telecommunications. As such Cisco Certification is recognised worldwide. Cisco has a certification programme for engineers, which they independently verify.

The Cisco Network Academy in CIT trains and prepares students with tuition in a classroom surrounding, and hands-on practical training on switches and routers in our two fully equipped networking laboratories. CIT provides all students with remote access to its Netlab training pods, so that the student can practice their practical techniques while working from home or at work. CIT also provides, on request, group courses by Cisco certified trainers leading to participants being able to sit the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) examination.

This qualification is part of the Cisco hierarchy of professional qualification (


On completion of all modules, the student will have the requisite knowledge to sit the VUE test (#200-120) which awards the CCNA qualification.

Validating Body


Module 1
Introduction to Networks

This module introduces the architecture, structure, functions components and models of the internet and computer networks.  The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the CCNA programme. On completion of the module the student will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches and implement IP addressing schemes.

Module 2
Routing and Switching Essentials

This module describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network.  Routers and switches will be configured for basic functionality.   On completion of the module the student will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv2, single-area OSPF, virtual LANs and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Module 3
Scaling Networks

This module describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network.  Routers and switches will be configured for advanced functionality. On completion of the module the students will be capable of configuring and troubleshooting routers and switches and resolve common issues with  multi-area OSPF, EIGRP, STP, VTP, DHCP and DNS in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.  

Module 4
Connecting Networks

This module discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. It deals with the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. On completion of the module the student will be capable of implementing IPSec and VPN operation in a network as well as troubleshooting network devices and resolving common issues with data link protocols.

  • Online applications are closed for course commencing in September.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.







Aidan McDonald
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