In an internetworking training and certificate program, students learn about basic internetworking equipment, such as hubs or routers, and acquire skills in installation and troubleshooting. Completion of these certification training programs prepares individuals for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) examination and subsequent entry-level certification. Certification training for the CCNA may be available at high schools, students can also find certificate programs at community colleges. Prerequisites for these programs include basic computer skills such as knowing how to use email and the internet.
Certificate Programs in Internetworking
Many certification training programs use the curriculum developed by the Cisco Academy. These courses familiarize students with router configuration, transmission control protocol and internet protocol (TCP/IP), software user interface, and routing protocols. Topics may include:
- Networking fundamentals
- WAN access
- LAN switching
- Scalable internetworks
- Securing converged WANs.
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the computer and information technology fields is expected to grow faster than average when compared to all occupations (www.bls.gov). Yet, employment of network and computer systems administrators was expected to increase about as fast as average, or by 5% between 2018 and 2028. The annual median salary earned by a network and computer systems administrator was $82,050 as of May 2018, reported the BLS.
Continuing Education and Certification
Upon completion of this program, individuals may take the CCNA examination, which is offered in single and two-test formats. Certification must be renewed every three years. Individuals may also choose to earn the Cisco Network Security certification or the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). The CCNP certification may require a minimum of one year work experience prior to taking exams.
Offered at both high schools and community colleges, certificate programs in internetworking teach students about the components and functions of network technology, often through Cisco Academy developed curriculum.