IT Specialist in Networking

Discover the key concepts in computer networking.

Network cables plugged into a device.

Course details

Course duration:

16 weeks

Assessment & awards:

IT Specialist in Networking (ITS-101)

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

In this course, you will learn about the conceptual differences between internet, intranet and extranet networks, as well as local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and wireless networking. If you would like to establish a strong foundation in the area of networking, then this is the right course for you.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of switches, routers, and different media types in networking
  • Understand the OSI Model framework and IP addressing
  • Describe network infrastructures, protocols, and services
  • Troubleshoot network issues

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? 

This course has no specific prerequisites, however having a basic knowledge of networking concepts would be beneficial prior to beginning the course.

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 for this course?

The IT Specialist in Networking (ITS-101) exam is conducted online and lasts 50 minutes. The exam has between 35 - 45 questions.

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). Linux operating systems may also be used for this course, though some versions of both MacOS and Linux may not support all course content.

No specific software is required for this course.