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Network Associate
Build skills equivalent to Cisco's CCNA - Routing and Switching Boot Camp
  • Credit Hours: 5 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom

  • Professional Certificate: CCNA Routing and Switching

  • Recommended for: Network engineers, Network administrators, and Network support technicians

The Network Associate program prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. This program is an intensive coverage of the skills needed to install, operate, and verify a basic IPv4 and IPv6 network. Students will focus on the fundamentals and how to build simple LAN's, establish internet connectivity, troubleshoot VLAN issues, characteristics, functions, and components of a WAN, and managing Cisco device configurations, IOS images, and licenses. This training program will be administered through a comprehensive, theory based platform and virtual labs. The programs curriculum satisfies the requirements needed to obtain employment and/or career advancement.  

This program prepares students for employment as a Network Administrator. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow by 28% greater than the annual average.

What You'll Learn

  • Network fundamentals and how to build simple LANs
  • Establish Internet connectivity
  • Manage network device security
  • IPv6 basics
  • Troubleshoot VLAN issues
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Configure EtherChannel
  • Layer 3 redundancy
  • Troubleshoot IP connectivity
  • Characteristics, functions, and components of a WAN
  • Configure and troubleshoot EIGRP in an IPv4 environment
  • Configure EIGRP for IPv6
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot multiarea OSPF
  • SNMP, syslog, and NetFlow
  • Manage Cisco device configurations, IOS images, and licenses

Who Needs to Attend

  • Pre- and post-sales network engineers involved in installing and supporting enterprise branch office networks
  • Entry-level network engineers, network administrators, network support technicians, and help desk technicians


  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic IP address knowledge

Course Outline

1. Building a Simple Network

  • Functions of Networking
  • Host-to-Host Communications Model
  • LANs
  • Operating Cisco IOS Software
  • Starting a Switch
  • Ethernet and Switch Operation
  • Troubleshooting Common Switch Media Issues

2. Establishing Internet Connectivity

  • TCP/IP Internet Layer
  • IP Addressing and Subnets
  • TCP/IP Transport Layer
  • Functions of Routing
  • Configuring a Cisco Router
  • Packet Delivery Process
  • Enabling Static Routing
  • Managing Traffic Using ACLs
  • Enabling Internet Connectivity

3. Managing Network Device Security

  • Securing Administrative Access
  • Implementing Device Hardening
  • Implementing Traffic Filtering with ACLs

4. Introducing IPv6

  • Basic IPv6
  • Configuring IPv6 Routing

5. Building a Medium-Sized Network

  • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  • Routing Between VLANs
  • Using a Cisco Network Device as a DHCP Server
  • Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity
  • Building Redundant Switched Topologies
  • Improving Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel
  • Layer 3 Redundancy

6. Troubleshooting Basic Connectivity

  • Troubleshooting IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Troubleshooting IPv6 Network Connectivity

7. Wide-Area Networks

  • WAN Technologies
  • Configuring Serial Encapsulation
  • Establishing a WAN Connection Using Frame Relay
  • VPN Solutions
  • Configuring GRE Tunnels

8. Implementing an EIGRP-Based Solution

  • Implementing EIGRP
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP
  • Implementing EIGRP for IPv6

9. Implementing a Scalable, OSPF-Based Solution

  • Implementing OSPF
  • Multiarea OSPF IPv4 Implementation
  • Troubleshooting Multiarea OSPF
  • OSPFv3

10. Network Device Management

  • Configuring Network Devices to Support Network Management Protocols
  • Managing Cisco Devices
  • Licensing


Lab 1: Switch Startup and Initial Configuration

Lab 2: Troubleshoot Switch Media Issues

Lab 3: Router Setup and Initial Configuration

Lab 4: Configure a Static Route, DHCP, and Network Address Translation

Lab 5: Enhance the Security of Router and Switch Configuration

Lab 6: Device Hardening

Lab 7: Filter Traffic with ACLs

Lab 8: Enhanced - Troubleshoot ACLs

Lab 9: Configure Basic IPv6

Lab 10: Implement IPv6 Stateless Autoconfiguration

Lab 11: Implement IPv6 Routing

Lab 12: Configure an Expanded Switched Network

Lab 13: Configure DHCP Server

Lab 14: Troubleshoot VLANs and Trunks

Lab 15: Optimize STP

Lab 16: Configure EtherChannel

Lab 17: Troubleshoot IP Connectivity

Lab 18: Configure and Troubleshoot a Serial Connection

Lab 19: Establish a Frame Relay WAN

Lab 20: Establish a GRE Tunnel

Lab 21: Implement EIGRP

Lab 22: Troubleshoot EIGRP

Lab 23: Implement EIGRP for IPv6

Lab 24: Implement Single-Area OSPF

Lab 25: Configure Multiarea OSPF

Lab 26: Troubleshoot Multiarea OSPF

Lab 27: Configure Multiarea OSPFv3

Lab 28: Configure Basic SNMP and Syslog

Lab 29: Manage Cisco Devices and Licensing

Lab 30: ICND1 Super Lab (Optional)

Lab 31: Enhanced - Configure HSRP (Optional)

Lab 32: ICND2 Super Lab (Optional)

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