Cisco Certified Network Associate

Gain an internationally recognised qualification in computer networking.

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Course details

Course duration:

26 weeks

Assessment & awards:

Cisco CCNA 200-301

Method of Study

Online, part-time 

Register for Course

New users will need to create a free account and fill in a short form on FETCH, Ireland's Further Education and Training Hub.

This course accepts continuous enrolments, so once registered, you can begin learning immediately.

Course Description

This course will allow you to gain a thorough understanding of a wide range of topics related to network management and culminates in a certified accreditation from Cisco. The Cisco certification is an internationally recognised industry-standard qualification for anyone working in a role involving networking.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of networking, including topics such as, routers, switches, cabling, TCP and UDP, IPv4 and IPv6
  • Confidently engage with issues surrounding IP connectivity and IP services
  • Implement best practices with regards to network security
  • Manage Network Access, including VLANs
  • Understand automation and programmability in networking

How it Works

Who can take this course?

This course is available to all adults over the age of 18 resident in the Republic of Ireland.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up for this course by visiting FETCH, Irelands Further Education and Training Hub. You will have to register for an account before you can begin the course.

Who is the provider for this course?

The provider for this course is Cenit College, and your learning will be delivered through the eCollege online learning environment. When you complete your application you will receive an email with your access details, and when you log into the platform you will see details of how to contact your course tutor. You can contact your course tutor at any time, or reach out to Cenit College directly at 

Does the course have prerequisites? 

It is recommended that you have a good grasp of network fundamentals and Cisco equipment before undertaking this course. It is also suggested that you have completed either or both the CompTIA A+ or CompTIA Network+ courses. 

Does this course have tutor support?

Yes, this course is supported by an online tutor who you will have access to during the course.

What is the exam like on this course?

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (200-301 CCNA) exam is conducted online and lasts for a total of two hours.

Do I need specific hardware or software?

You will require access to a PC or laptop running a supported version of Microsoft Windows (the most recent version is Windows 11) or MacOS (the most recent version is Sonoma).

This course uses the Packet Tracer V7 software. You will be given instructions on how to download and install this free software at the beginning of the course.