Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching

What is this about?

The role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving significantly as enterprise networks encounter increased business demands and technology advancements. To meet these challenges, skilled IT professionals are needed with up-to-date, networking skills. For individuals looking to build and validate Cisco networking fundamentals, the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching program focuses on foundational IP networking skills required to deploy, operate and troubleshoot network layers 1-3. It introduces awareness of programmable networks (SDN), VPN technologies, adoption of IPv6, virtualized and cloud services, along with knowledge of QoS concepts and the ability to ensure critical traffic is being properly prioritized.

Why should you enroll?

If you are an IT professional or network engineer, you might be missing out on a great way to enhance your career profile. The IT job market is getting more crowded every day. One of the best ways to set yourself apart in the crowded IT job market is with a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification. Big corporations looking for computer network administrators almost require a minimum of a CCNA certification. Cisco networking equipment is used very widely across the world; hence there is a huge requirement of professionals trained on their use and operation. Moreover, the holding of CCNA by a candidate provides the potential employer a reasonable level of assurance that the person in question has a sound knowledge of Cisco networking devices. The Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) has established sector committees and one of the sector committee is the ICT Sector Committee which has identified network administration as one of the skills lacking in Botswana. There are over 4000 unemployed ICT graduates in Botswana and certifications are seen as one mechanism which will give students a shot at employability even beyond Botswana borders.

What are the topics covered?

The program covers the following main areas:

  • Operation of IP Data Networks
  • LAN Switching Technologies
  • IP Addressing (IPv4/IPv6)
  • IP Routing Technologies
  • IP Services
  • Network Device Security
  • Troubleshooting
  • WAN Technologies

Credits Awarded

60 credits

What is the duration?

This is a 1 year course

Who should attend?

The Cisco CCNA® Routing and Switching curriculum is designed for Cisco Networking Academy® students who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry or hope to fulfill prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills.

CCNA Routing and Switching provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development.

The curriculum is appropriate for students at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers. The course is also suitable for working professionals in both the private and public organization who wish to improve their networking skills.

 
 

Admissions Criteria

1) Applicants are expected to have successfully completed secondary schooling. The typical entry requirement is BGCSE or IGCSE (in Botswana), LGCSE (in Lesotho) or other equivalent secondary school qualification.

2) The applicant should have passed in a minimum of five BGCSE or equivalent subjects including English and Mathematics with a minimum of a C in Mathematics.

3) Applicants in possession of a Diploma or Higher Diploma in related field will be given exemptions based on the credit point equivalency

4) For enquiries and more information please visit our General Admissions Information page

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