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:

    16th September 2022 on a first-come first-served basis

Course Duration:

September to May (part time)

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 three 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 2 and 3.

Admission Requirements:

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


Computer Science

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

Acceptance Fee:  €500

Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork.

It is expected that lectures will take place on campus on Tuesday nights from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and laboratories also on campus on Thursday nights from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm.


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 MTU 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. The purpose of this course is to given the student the appropriate knowledge to achieve a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification from Cisco Systems.  As part of the Cisco Network Academy program, MTU provides a certificate of achievement on passing each of the three modules of the course as well as an additional letter for high levels of performance.


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 (#200-301) which awards the CCNA qualification Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions.


Validating Body





All part-time programmes at MTU 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 2022-2023 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 


Course fee must be paid before attending lectures.

Module 1
Introduction to Networks (ITN)

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
Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials (SRWE)

This module describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small to medium business network.  This includes wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts.  On completion of the module the student will be able to configure, secure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with virtual LANs and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.


Module 3
Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation (ENSA)

This module describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. Topics covered are wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access. It also introduces software-defined networking, virtualisation, and automation concepts that support the digitalisation of networks. On completion of this module the student will be able to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks and learn to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats.


  • Online application is open for course commencing 19th September 2022
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. 
  • You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.

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