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Course Details

Certificate in CISCO-CCNA

Course code: BN701 Entry Route into programme:          Strong I.T. skills are required along with computer and internet access
Duration: 10 months part time
NFQ level: 6
Fee: €2,625
Schedule: Monday 5pm - 10pm and 1 Saturday per month, 9.30am - 1pm. ( Note : The schedule for the Springboard version of this programme is different and is available at )
Award title: Certificate in CISCO-CCNA
Credits for Full Award: 20 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB  

Applications are now closed for 2018/19

Minimum Entry Requirements

The programme is intended for those already involved in IT who wish to acquire or improve networking skills and to obtain certification for such skills. No formal qualification in computing is required for entry to the course but potential participants should have a strong working knowledge of computer technology. Participants should also have internet access and a computer at home as there are weekly online assignments to be completed outside of ITB class contact time.

How is Certification obtained?

Participants will receive a Cisco certificate of completion for each of the four modules that they successfully complete. Those wishing to obtain industrial certification must sit the 200-125 examination conducted in a Pearson VUE test centre recognised by Cisco. The cost of the exam is built into the course fee.

Programme Delivery

Our CCNA® curriculum (covering the new course material for the CCNA 200-125 Routing and Switching exam) provides foundational networking knowledge, practical experience, opportunities for career exploration, and soft-skills development to help students prepare for entry-level careers in IT and networking. The curriculum offers a hands-on approach to learning, and uses interactive tools and easy-to-follow labs to help students learn the general theory needed to build networks.

CCNA allows for quick application of learned concepts to encourage students to consider additional education in IT. It uses easy-to-follow, step-by-step laboratories that provide detailed instructions and feedback to help students reach the final solution. It includes embedded e-doing, highly interactive activities that stimulate learning and improve knowledge retention. E-doing involves rich multimedia, including Flash-based activities, videos, and interactive quizzes, that address a variety of learning styles, increase comprehension, and provide a rich learning experience.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Scaling Networks
  • Connecting Networks

The courses are delivered sequentially, and each course is a prerequisite for the next course.

CCNA teaches networking based on applications covering the types of practical networks students may encounter, from simple home or small office networks to more complex enterprise models. Students learn the technical skills and soft skills needed to succeed in entry-level networking professions such as a network installer, help desk technician, pre-sales support technician, or network technician. CCNA also provides an introduction to advanced technologies such as voice, video, wireless, and security.

Exam Description

The 200-125 CCNA is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network. The topics include connecting to a WAN; implementing network security; network types; network media; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; extending switched networks with VLANs; determining IP routes; managing IP traffic with access lists; establishing point-to-point connections; IPV6, Etherchannel, Multi Area OSPF, VPN's and Infrastructure Management.

Career Prospects

The CCNA offers strong employment prospects for graduates in the areas of networking. Skills developed are particularly attractive to any institution or organisation that has computer networks at the core of their business. Among the companies that CCNA graduates now work are Intel, HP, Symantec, IBM, Yahoo, Amazon, Eir, Viatel and Salesforce.

Some Unique Features of our CISCO Networking Academy

  1. The exam cost of €295 is built into the course fees and booked in Pearson VUE.
  2. Access to state of the art ITB Cisco labs.
  3. Face to face support, email and phone contact with CCNA certified ITB lecturing staff.
  4. All labs and text books included in the price.
  5. Cisco exam preparation at the end of the course.
  6. 20 academic credits at NFQ Level 6 awarded on successful completion of the course.
  7. Class lab sizes are limited to a maximum of 16 students per instructor.


How to Apply ?

Applications are now closed for 2018/19

For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail:

What our students say...

Geri Wickham

"I have done a few software modules in ITB, so I knew the focus would be different if I came here. The practical experience here really helped me. Until I started doing Software, I was a complete technophobe. I was working as an engineer, but now I do more quality and IT. I work in a very small company, everybody has to do bits of everything, and I learnt a lot here, and it gave me great confidence."

Geri Wickham,
Computing Student

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