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Cisco Certified Network Associate

Introduction

 

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Evening Course. Course will run on Mondays from 6-10pm commencing 25th of September. There will be 25 classes. 

Course cost: €650 tuition fees (payable to BFEI) plus €275 examination fees (payable to Cisco). Total cost is €925.

Are you interested in acquiring hands-on IT networking skills? Technology has advanced very quickly but the numbers of skilled professionals has not kept up with these advances, giving rise to a strong demand for IT networking professionals. The CCNA qualification is focused on providing the skills employers need right now.

The CCNA certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size computer networks. 

As an accredited Cisco Networking Academy BFEI's Cisco lab is equipped with the latest Cisco equipment, Cisco simulation tools and uses Cisco’s on-line curriculum. 

Applications are welcome from those who have:

  • a level 5 FETAC/QQI award in an IT area, or
  • an IT qualification in a related area (for example A+, Network+, or Microsoft certification), or
  • a degree or equivalent in a non-IT subject area, or
  • work experience in an IT area.

If you wish to apply for the course but do not have any of the qualifications listed above please contact Frank Griffin CCNA Instructor (fgriffin@bfei.ie) to discuss your application further.

Career Opportunities

Course graduates have a wide choice of IT careers in technical support, network design and administration.  As a gradute of the course, you can pursue careers in the IT industry such as:

  • Field Service Technician
  • Network Support Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Installer
  • Network Engineer

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • Planet 21
  • ONI PLC
  • BT Ireland

Course Structure

The aim of the programme is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to design, build and maintain small to medium sized networks. Those who successfully complete the programme are trained to a level where they can gain the CCNA  qualification.

Students on the course will be prepared for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams. 
Students who pass these two exams achieve the CCNA certification.
The main areas of focus on the course are:
* Introduction to Local Area Networking: core LAN concepts
* Configure basic routing and advanced routing
* Configure basic switching
* WANs: configure remote access routing
* Physical and Logical Networking
* Network Infrastructure

The full course curriculum can be found by clicking on these links:

ICND1 

ICND2

Learning Environment

BFEI is equiped with a full lab of Cisco equipment, which gives students the opportunity to get hands-on practice with Cisco equipment, which is crucial for exam success. 

BFEI is a recognised CIsco Network Academy. This status gives BFEI students access to Cisco's online learning resources via the Cisco network academy website (www.netacad.com). Resources include Cisco online curriculum, Cisco practice exams and the Cisco network simulation tool, Packet Tracer. 

In addition BFEI also provides students with access to Skillsoft (www.skillsoft.com) CCNA learning resources. Skillsoft is recognised as one of the leading providers of elearning material in the world.
BFEI will hold open days on Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 2pm-4pm and Wednesday 30 August 2017 from 12pm until 6pm, all are welcome to visit the college, view the Cisco lab and discuss the course with our Cisco instructor.

Core Elements
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Introduction to Local Area Networking: core LAN concepts
  • Configure basic routing and advanced routing
  • Configure basic switching
  • WANs: configure remote access routing
  • Physical and Logical Networking
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Course Code

  • CCNA
  • Duration

  • 1 year – part-time September to May Monday nights 6pm-10pm commencing 25 September
  • Number of places

  • 24
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 4
Testimonial


"On completion of the CCNA course I found job interviews easy to come by and have now been employed by a major multinational, I am happy I chose this route and happy I chose BFEI. "Paul Ennis, IT Administrator BT


"Once I gained the CCNA qualification so many doors opened for me. I was applying for jobs I never thought I could possibly apply for. I'm now working for a CISCO Gold Partner. I owe it to BFEI's teachers for their passion and guidance" Ciaran McDonald, Network Engineer, ONI PLC


“After being made redundant from a job that I worked in for 11 years I decided to go back to college. I found the CCNA course at BFEI both interesting and enjoyable. Having the CCNA was key to me being able to secure a career path in an expanding sector” Philip Williams, Network Engineer, Plannet 21 Communications
 

- Graduates Paul Ennis, Ciaran McDonald & Philip Williams -

Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by CISCO .
  • Assessment for the CCNA certification is through online testing.

Further information on the course is available from Frank Griffin (CCNA instructor), email address: fgriffin@bfei.ie

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Entry Requirements

  • Prior Qualifications

Applicants should have successfully completed a level 5 QQI award. Applications are also welcome from those who have a high level of academic achievement in non-IT sucject areas or have relevant achievement in non-IT subject areas or have experience in the computing industry.

 

  • Other Applicants

The course is also suitable for those with a Certificate, Diploma, Degree in a computing area who wish to enhance their employability.  It is also suitable for those with experience in the computing industry who wish to update and advance their skills and acquire certified qualifications. If you wish to apply for the course but do not have any of the qualifications listed above please contact Frank Griffin CCNA Instructor (fgriffin@bfei.ie) to discuss your application further.

Contact

Further information on the course is available from Frank Griffin (CCNA instructor), email address: fgriffin@bfei.ie

Instructor Profile

The CCNA course in BFEI is delivered by Frank Griffin (fgriffin@bfei.ie). Frank has been teaching Cisco courses for many years, including CCNA and CCNA Security. Frank also has many years of hands on experience managing computer network systems. Frank’s qualifications include:

  • Cisco Certified Academy Instructor for CCNA and CCNA Security.
  • Cisco Expert Level Instructor. Recognised in May 2016 as an Expert Instructor under Cisco's Instructor Excellence Award program. The Expert level recognition, recognises high performing instructors globally in the following areas:
    • Participation in professional development opportunities.
    • Attention to student needs
    • Student performance
  • MSc in Internet Systems from Dublin City University.

Course Costs

€650 tuition cost.

Examination fees of €275 are payable to CISCO.

Total cost, including exam fees payable to CISCO, is €925.

BFEI is a not for profit, publicly funded organisation.

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