The Cisco course curriculum is universal across the nation, with many colleges offering multi-course certificate programs that prepare students for a number of Cisco certifications. Depending on level, these Cisco certifications can help recipients qualify for entry-level, intermediate or advanced positions in networking and information technology.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in Cisco courses:
- Routing protocols and concepts
- Scaling networks
- Implementing CISCO IP Routing
- Frame Relay interfaces
- Connecting networks
List of Common Courses
Cisco 1 Course
In this course, students are introduced to network protocol and other networking basics. Basic cabling and networking hardware may also be discussed. This course is the first of four necessary to become a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA).
Fundamentals of Networking Course
The fundamentals of networking Cisco course provides an introduction to many of the networking concepts covered in the Cisco Networking Academy. Topics covered in this course include routers, cabling and Open System Interconnection (OSI). Students should be able to create a small network after completing this course.
Routing Concepts Course
The second course in the Cisco Network Academy covers routing concepts. In this course, students learn how to configure routers and how to use the Cisco IOS software. Completion of the first two courses enables students to take the Cisco ICND1 exam, which is required for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certifications.
Troubleshooting in Networks Course
The final course in the Cisco Network Academy is the network troubleshooting course, which brings together all the knowledge acquired by students and teaches them how to use this knowledge in repairing and maintaining network systems. In addition, the course shows students how to diagnose problems in networking software and network connections by using Cisco Troubleshooting Tools. When the troubleshooting course is completed, students can sit for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) exam.