CISCO CCNA – Certified Cisco Network Associate
Holding a CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate certification can be game-changing for IT professionals. The certification expands your career choices and exposes you to the latest available CISCO technologies. So says Kobus Olivier, Head of Course development in IT at Boston City Campus.
Kobus continues that “In a world where our every move is ruled by a pandemic, the most important goal any employed person or consultant should have is to upskill and remain relevant, while also having the traits of remaining adaptable and flexible”.
What are the advantages of this particular Cisco course? “Well, you can start any time, this course is not semester-based, so you can make the most of working from home and the time saved in travel to and from work,” says Olivier. “being that the course and registration is fully online, you literally get started when you are ready, study in your own space, in your own time, and at your own pace” he continues. “In this course, even the practical elements are online – we have adapted being fully compliant with social distancing!” At the same time, Olivier reinforces that students are not simply left to their own devices. “There is a lecturer available online, via email or telephone or skype, teams, etc to ensure that we will support all student queries”, he says.
Students have queried how exams work with this type of online course. Olivier says that the course has been designed in a way too continually assesses internally to facilitate and enhance learning. On successful completion of the final online assessment, students will receive an official CISCO certificate. “We further encourage students to also write the international exam (Cisco Certified Network Associate – 200-301) at any Vue testing centre” he says. In a world where every company is part of a global economy, and jobs are available on an international scale, this is an important add-on for graduates.
So how much time would you have to invest in order to gain these skills? The course requires a minimum of 210 hours of study time. Students may extend their learning experience over a longer time period.
Because these are advanced skills included in this course, there are specific entry requirements.
CompTIA A+ or/and CompTIA N+ is advised as prerequisites to the course. Students with no prior networking learning experience can attend the CISCO Networking Essentials course (70 Hours).
What skills will you get from this CCNA course? Network Technician, Network Support Engineer, Routing and switching specialist, Networking security.
“In terms of what type of person you should be in order to be a success with these skills, you need to be technically orientated, patient, and analytical.
To complete this course the fees are R6 505, which will include your textbook, but exclude the international Vue exam)
This is a complex course and includes more than one individual qualification. A graduate of the course will receive:
Cisco certificates for each of the completed 3 sections of the program:
CCNA 7: Introduction to Networks
CCNA 7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials
CCNA 7: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation
International certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate – on completion of the Vue exam.
What kind of employment will it give you – estimated salary, what type of company?
Because CCNA skills are required by any company which has an internal network structure, there are a few job opportunities that will open up for you. These include Network Technician, Network Support Engineer, Routing and switching specialist, and Networking security. In addition, CCNA skills will contribute to setting up your own business.
Call Boston now on 011 551 2000 for more information, or see www.boston.ac.za