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Introduction

The Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching Certification can be achieved by either:

Taking the two "Interconnecting Network Devices" ICND1 v2.0 and ICND2 v2.0 exams
OR
Take CCNAX v2.0 called "Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated"

The UQtrainIT Cisco Networking Academy CCNA course aims to help individuals gain a though understanding of the CCNA and to help them pass the certification exam. UQtrainIT encourages students to take the CCNA certification after the course at a Pearson VUE testing centre.


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Access the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Curriculum on the UQ Network

Cisco CCNA Exploration (Version 4)

Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching (Version 5)

Why do a CCNA through the Cisco Networking Academy Program?

As with many of the large IT corporations, Cisco offers industry training and certification. The Cisco (CCNA) qualification is a world wide recognised Associate level certification in Computer Network Engineering. Whilst there are no job guarantees, having this certification has the potential to offer leverage when applying for a new position or a promotion.

The CCNA can be done in 3 ways:

  • Read the book, sit the exam. (very low cost - approx. $500, but no hands on and one needs to be highly motivated.)
  • Spend 10 days (80 hours) with a commercial trainer, sit the exam. (Higher cost - approx. $8000, these are aimed at people with a reasonable prior knowledge looking for CCNA certification e.g. people working in the IT industry.)
  • Do the 200 contact hour curriculum of the Cisco Networking Academy course and sit the exam. (Medium cost - $3520 at UQtrainIT . Students need no prior knowledge. The course is hands on and very thorough.) Note: Having said no prior knowledge is required students are finding the first half of the CCNA program quite intense. UQtrainIT is now offering a 1-2 day "Networking Foundations" course which will be Free to students who have enrolled in the CCNA course and have paid their course fees.

Course Outline

CCNA ICND1 Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 1 (Version 2.0) is CCNA 1 & CCNA 2 combined and effectively the first half of the CCNA certification via the 100-101 ICND1 (Version 2.0) exam.

CCNA 1 Introduction To Networks

  • Exploring the Network
  • Configuring a Network Operating System
  • Network Protocols and Communications
  • Network Access
  • Ethernet
  • Network Layer
  • Transport Layer
  • IP Addressing
  • Subnetting IP Networks
  • Application Layer
  • It’s a Network

CCNA 2 Routing & Switching Essenticals

  • Introduction to Switched Networks
  • Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration
  • Implementing VLAN Security
  • Routing Concepts
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Static Routing
  • Routing Dynamically
  • Single-Area OSPF
  •  Access Control Lists
  • DHCP
  • Network Address Translation for IPv4

 

CCNA ICND2 Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 2 (Version 2.0) is CCNA 3 & CCNA 4 combined and effectively the second half of the CCNA certification via the 200-101 ICND2 (Version 2.0) exam.

CCNA 3 Scaling Networks

  • Growing the Network
  • LAN Redundancy
  • Link Aggregation
  • Wireless
  • Adjust and Troubleshoot Single-Area OSPF
  • Multiarea OSPF
  • EIGRP
  • Adjust and Troubleshoot EIGRP
  • IOS File Management

CCNA 4 Connecting Networks

  • Hierarchical Network Design
  • Connecting to the WAN
  • Point-to-Point Connections
  • Frame Relay
  • Network Address Translation for IPv4
  • Broadband Solutions
  • Securing Site-to-Site Connectivity
  • Monitoring the Network
  • Troubleshoot the Network

The CCNA course is hands on with the focus on students being able to setup and configure a network. The course involves substantial lab and group work and it is important to attend classes. The UQtrainIT CCNA class schedule is two 4 hour evening sessions per week. CCNA 1 & 2 are both 6 weeks long and CCNA 3 & 4 are both 4 weeks long. The final week of each course block is for assessments.

Assessment Requirements:

  • Completion with 70% or better of the online Module/Chapter tests (Open Book only if needed).
  • Completion with 70% or better of the end of Semester online tests (Closed Book).
  • Completion with 70% for the Semester Skills Tests Practical Tests (Closed Book)..
  • Acceptable Attendance i.e. greater than 60% of the Class time.

Important Points regarding Preparation for Class

It is stated there are no prerequisites for the Networking Academy CCNA course however a reasonable understanding of computers and a solid grade 10 level of mathematics is assumed. Students are finding the first half of the CCNA program quite intense. UQtrainIT is now offering a 1-2 day "Networking Foundations" course which will be Free to students who have enrolled in the CCNA course and have paid their course fees.

Cisco updates and supplies the content to Cisco Networking Academies. In 2016 UQtrainIT will use this content but will focus on the content we believe matters. Given the time-frame we need to run this course over, it is essential that sections or the course materials be skipped and summary notes supplied by the instructor used in their place. It is critical to students success in this course that they manage their study time and keep up as the class progresses through the program.

Each CCNA semester’s online content is broken up into chapters or modules as they are called. At the end of each of these is a quiz you can do by yourself but importantly there is an online chapter test. It is expected that students will complete all of the chapter tests with 70% or better.  These tests should be attempted closed book during class in a reasonably short time frame. If students don't get 70% on their first attempt they can resit the test in their own time and use the curriculum content if they need to. Students are encouraged to have all the chapter tests passed before attempting the final exam. Whether this is a mandatory requirement is up to the instructors discretion. To be successful in this course it is recommend students attend all classes and make good use of this time. Outside of class an additional 4-6 hours/week should be allowed for reading and doing lab work remotely.

For the first class, Don’t forget to have your Cisco account name and password for class. Note pads and USB memory sticks maybe useful and are welcome.

Course Schedule, Times & Venue

2016 Group A Monday and Thursday Evenings 5:00pm - 9pm

ICND1  CCNA1 Mar 14, 17, 21, 24, Apr 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 26, 28
            CCNA2 May 3, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, Jun 2, 6, 9
ICND2  CCNA3 Jun 27, 30, Jul 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21
            CCNA4 Jul 25, 28, Aug 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18

2016 Group B Monday & Thursday Evenings 5:00pm - 9pm

ICND1  CCNA1 Aug 22, 25, 29, Sep 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 28
            CCNA2 Oct 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, Nov 21, 24, 28, Dec 1, 5, 8
ICND2  CCNA3 Jan 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, Feb 2
2015   CCNA4 Feb 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, Mar 2

Venue

St Lucia Campus Central Admin Training Labs S40 & S42 in the Seddon Building 82A (see http://www.uq.edu.au/maps). UQ now has and App UQNav  http://www.uq.edu.au/appcentral/detail/3/  to help you find the rooms. The closest park is P6 on Mill Road….Go along Sir Fred Schonell Drive. Straight though the 1st round about (Campus entry) and then take the 3rd exit on the 2nd roundabout for Mill Road. Other Parking is on Walcott St and Glasshouse Road. We will discuss parking permits on day 1 of the course.

Costs, Enrolment and Payments

The ICND1 and ICND2 courses cost $1870 including GST each. If the ICND1 and ICND2 courses are paid separately, the total cost is $3850. If the course is paid up front (i.e. Course Bundle) the cost is discounted to $3520 including GST. The fee does not include optional text books or the exam fee. Note: For IT Staff & Teachers from Catholic schools under the Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE), the course fees and payment are being arranged via the BCE.

Enrolment Notes:

  • Class times are not rigid and can be negotiated at the start of semester with the instructor having the final say.
  • Classes will be cancelled if minimum enrolments (5 or more) are not achieved.
  • FULL refunds of enrolment fees will be available if classes are cancelled.
  • Once a course starts, all student requested cancellations or transfers will incur a $75 administration fee.
  • Attendance and Participation in classes is required. Acceptable attendance is at least 60% of class time.

Getting Certified

The actual Cisco CCNA certification exam is not done as part of the Cisco Networking Academy course. The exam for this certification must be sat at a registered testing centre. Regarding CCNA certification exams, there are two ways students can get their Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate.

There is the traditional single exam process

Or there is the two exam process

      AND

To see the exam details go to Cisco Connection Online (CCO) and have a look at the Learning pages.

Certification Notes:

  • If students meet proficiency requirements for the CCNA Semester 4 Exploration exam they will be eligible for a 50% discount voucher for the full CCNA certification exam. The Certification exam is not part of the course and is taken at a Pearson VUE Testing Centre. See www.vue.com to register for certification exams.

Curriculum Access Options

The curriculum is delivered online and this is the most up to date source of content. Some students still like a hard copy. Cisco Press www.ciscopress.com produces Cisco Academy companion texts. These map closely to the course but UQtrainIT strongly suggests that if possible students stick with the online content which is more up to date.