IP and Networking have become a priority for our industry. As such, SMPTE has partnered with Cisco to offer world-class networking courses designed to provide each learner with deep theory and practical application of internetworking concepts and principles.

Each course includes online, interactive lessons, Packet Tracer Network Simulator Application, Packet Tracer Lab Assignments, and access to the global Cisco Academy Connection** contains resources for registered course participants and alumni. These are supported by live, weekly online instructor coaching sessions.

These are intensive courses and require a significant investment of time and self-discipline. Participants may spend a minimum of 10 to 20 hours per week on course activities depending on the individual’s level of knowledge and expertise.

SMPTE is one of a global network of Cisco Networking Academies. Course materials are written and produced by Cisco, but offered and delivered by SMPTE and its instructors.

Groups of three or more participants may register together for a 10 percent discount.

SMPTE's Virtual Classroom courses are available as private sessions for organizations. 

Contact us for details about private course options and with any curriculum questions.

Important Notes: Use of Cisco’s Packet Tracer software is required to succeed in CCNA, but the software is incompatible with Mac computers. If you are unable to participate in CCNA from a Windows or Linux machine, previous course participants indicate they successfully ran Packet Tracer by installing Virtual Machine (VM) software on their Mac. This allows Windows emulation which does support running Packet Tracer.

Completing any or all of the CCNA courses does not count towards CCNA Certification. These courses are intended to assist in preparation for the certification exam, which is administered separately. SMPTE does not administer CCNA Certification exams.

NOTE: Everything you need to complete this course successfully is found in the SMPTE Virtual Classroom and Cisco’s NetAcad websites. If you would like to purchase a hard copy or e-book for this course, they may be purchased at either Cisco Press or Amazon.  Direct links to purchase or download the books can be found on your registration confirmation.

Duration:  14 weeks
Prerequisite: None
Course fee: SMPTE Member:  $499 Non-Member:  $699
Space is limited.
Led by William Hocker, Introduction to Networks (ITN) covers networking architecture, structure, and functions. The course introduces the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations to provide a foundation for the curriculum.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
•    Explain network technologies.
•    Explain how devices access local and remote network resources.
•    Describe router hardware.
•    Explain how switching operates in a small to medium-sized business network.
•    Design an IP addressing scheme to provide network connectivity for a small to medium-sized business network.
•    Configure initial settings on a network device.
•    Implement basic network connectivity between devices.
•    Configure monitoring tools available for small to medium-sized business networks.

2018/19 Course Start Dates

Mon. 13 May -     Register!
Mon. 19 August - Register!
Duration:  12 weeks
Prerequisite: CCNA1*
Course fee: SMPTE Member: $499   Non-Member: $699
Space is limited.
Building upon concepts from “Introduction to Networks”, “Routing and Switching Essentials” covers the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Participants learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with single area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
Participants who complete the Routing and Switching Essentials course will be able to perform the following functions:
•    Determine how a router will forward traffic based on the contents of a routing table.
•    Explain how switching operates in a small to medium-sized business network.
•    Use monitoring tools and network management protocols to troubleshoot data networks.
•    Configure monitoring tools available for small to medium-sized business networks.
•    Configure initial settings on a network device.
•    Configure Ethernet switch ports.
•    Implement VLANs.
•    Implement static routing.
•    Implement DHCP on a router.
•    Implement network address translation (NAT).
•    Implement access control lists (ACLs) to filter traffic
2018/19 Course Start Dates:
Mon. 30 Sep 2019 - Register!
* Prerequisite courses may be completed at SMPTE or another Cisco Networking Academy
** For more information about CCNA Programs please visit the CCNA Routing and Switching and CCNA Security pages