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The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNATM) is the first step for any person aspiring to work as a network engineer and prepares you for the CCNA official industrial certification. It covers a wide range of topics related to networking, starting from the theoretical fundamentals to advanced networking setups used in small and medium sized enterprises. The topics are accompanied by various hands-on labs using real Cisco equipment and simulators, giving the student a practical approach to learning.

The course is divided into four modules (semesters):

1) Introduction to Networks:

The first module covers the theoretical aspects of networking and explains how the various application services interact with each to create the converged network found in modern enterprise networks. The main topics covered include:

  • ·         Network models and the Layered "approach" to networks
  • ·         Types of Media used in networking
  • ·         IPv4 and IPv6
  • ·         Application services including DNS, DHCP, FTP and HTTP
  • ·         Basic setup of Cisco equipment

2) Routing and Switching Essentials

This module covers the main concepts used in setting up a small business network together with how to configure Cisco equipment. The main topics covered include:

  • ·         Basic Routing
  • ·         Switching Fundamentals
  • ·         Security and Access Control
  • ·         DHCP
  • ·         Network Address Translation
  • ·         Management and Maintenance of Cisco equipment
  • ·         Troubleshooting small networks

3) Scaling Networks

This module covers advanced topics related to the techniques used to build a medium sized enterprise network. The topics covered in this module include:

  • ·         Operating a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • ·         Designing fault-tolerant LAN's through EtherChannel and HSRP
  • ·         Setup routing for medium-sized networks using EIGRP
  • ·         Routing between networks using Single Area and Multi-Area OSPF
  • ·         Tuning and Troubleshooting medium-sized networks


4) Connecting Networks

The last module introduces the student to the different approaches and technologies used to connect small networks to Wide Area Networks. The main topics covered are:

  • ·         WAN technologies and their benefits
  • ·         Configuration and troubleshooting of PPP
  • ·         Configuration of PPPoE, GRE, and single-homed eBGP
  • ·         Configuration and troubleshooting of IPv4 and IPv6 Access Control Lists (ACL’s)
  • ·         Common LAN security attacks and Mitigation Techniques
  • ·         Quality of Service (QoS)
  • ·         cloud, virtualization, SDN, and the Internet of Things

There are no pre-requisites or specific requirements or limitations to join the course. General knowledge in IT and/or networking is advisable, but not necessary.

After completing the course learners will receive four certificates for completing each of the semesters. However those are NOT CCNA certified.

After completion of the course, learners can sit for one final CCNA exam at any “Pearson VUE” or “Prometric” certified company in Malta (or abroad). The exams are on-line and on successful completion you will acquire the certificate

There are no additional costs or special materials/equipment to bring.

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