Internetworking, Routing & Switching Programs

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.

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.

 

CCNA1: Introduction to Networks
Duration:  14 weeks
Prerequisite:  None

Monday 19 August - Register!

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.

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CCNA2: Routing and Switching Essentials
Duration:  12 weeks
Prerequisite: CCNA1*

Monday, 30 September 2019 Register!

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 the 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

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CCNA3: Scaling Networks
Duration:  12 weeks
Prerequisite: CCNA2*

This course is 3rd in a 4-course Routing & Switching (CCNA) track. This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a larger and more complex network. Course participants learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
Participants will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

Course participants who successfully complete the Scaling Networks course will be able to perform the following functions:

  • Configure and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operations for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Understand and describe the operations and benefits of the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Configure and troubleshoot STP operations
  • Understand and describe the operations and benefits of link aggregation and Cisco VLAN Trunk Protocol (VTP)
  • Configure and troubleshoot VTP, STP, and RSTP
  • Configure and troubleshoot basic operations of routers in a complex routed network for IPv4 and IPv6 o Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol (single-area OSPF and multi-area OSPF) o Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Configure and troubleshoot advanced operations of routers and implement RIP, OSPF, and EIGRP routing protocols for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Manage Cisco IOS® Software licensing and configuration files CCNA 3 - Scaling Networks

This is a rigorous Instructor-led hands-on course leading into the implementation of advanced Routing Protocols and LAN Switching techniques with an emphasis on the theory supporting each technology. Learn about Autonomous Systems by implementing troubleshooting EIGRP, configure and troubleshoot Single Area OSPF routing scenarios and originate default routing information down through each protocol. Advanced switching concepts are introduced emphasizing hands-on implementation of dot1q and Cisco ISL trunking to carry VLAN information for LAN segmentation, broadcast control, and bandwidth optimization. Advanced Spanning Tree concepts, configuration, and troubleshooting of Root Bridge election are covered using hands-on scenarios to demonstrate the switching concepts used to implement optimized LANs.

Link to Purchase Scaling Networks (CCNA3) Companion Guide

 For more information about CCNA Programs please visit the CCNA Routing and Switching and CCNA Security pages