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  • Certificate program
  • Available by classroom delivery
  • Accredited program

Learn how to design, build and maintain small- to medium-sized networks. You will receive the theoretical foundation from industry qualified instructors, then learn to apply your knowledge and skills using Cisco® technologies.

This accredited program will prepare you for the Certified Cisco® Network Associate (CCNA) examination.

The curriculum is that of the Cisco Networking Academy. The Academy partners with schools and organization worldwide to develop and deliver innovative Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) courses. The curriculum is developed by industry leaders in information technology and provides hands-on opportunities to practice real-world skills, and is benchmarked to industry certification standards.

This program is offered on a part-time basis and as such, you can expect to spend approximately 6 - 10 hours per week outside of class studying. 

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Admission Requirements

Proficiency in basic computer skills  is essential to your success in this program. If you do not have these skills, it is strongly recommended that you complete Computers - Intro (COMP-1081) prior to beginning the program.

Regular Admission Requirements
To apply under the regular admission requirements, you must have your Grade 12.

Special Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older on or before September 30 in your year of registration, have been out of high school for a minimum of one year, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the special admission requirements.

Who Should Enrol?

This program is designed for network administrators and technicians who need to configure and support multi protocol networks, and software engineers who are using Cisco® IOS software.

You must have a basic knowledge of computer hardware and networks before entering the program.

Program Outline

To obtain your Cisco® Associate Level, you must take these four courses:

  • Cisco® Networking 1
  • Cisco® Networking 2
  • Cisco® Networking 3
  • Cisco® Networking 4

To obtain your CCNA certificate, you must take: 

  • Cisco® Networks CCNA

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
COMP-1097Cisco Networking 1
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This course introduces the architecture, structure, protocols, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, transport, network, data link, and physical layers.

You will design and apply an IPv4 and/or IPv6 addressing scheme on simple LAN topologies. Topologies are built using Cisco routers and switches available in class. To  supplement the your learning, Packet Tracer (PT) activities help you analyze protocol and network operation and build small networks in a simulated environment.

COMP-2098Cisco Networking 2
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This course investigates the architecture, components and operation of routers and switches in a small to medium business environment. You will analyze, configure, verify and troubleshoot networks that employ both IPv4 / IPv6 protocols, static routing,  ACLs, DHCP, Inter-VLAN routing, static routing, switch operation, spanning-tree protocol, redundancy protocols, mitigation of LAN attacks and wireless networks. Course material is presented in class through lectures and then put into practice through practical labs and problem solving sessions.

COMP-3099Cisco Networking 3
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This course conforms to the third of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation. The course expands on topics covered in Cisco Networking Level 2 and examines new topics. It describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. You will learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, you should be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP. You will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

COMP-3100Cisco Networking 4
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This course conforms to the fourth of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation. It discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables you to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. You will learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. You will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.


Click the "More Info" link beside the course's name to view the description of the course.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Other Information

Red River College is proud to be the Regional Networking Academy for Manitoba and to participate in the Cisco® Networking Academy Program. 

We have the largest Cisco® Networking Academy in the province.

Students should expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week outside of class to study and practice.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

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Graduation Requirements

You must complete your part-time program within four years from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline.

A program GPA of 2.0 (60%) is required to graduate.

You will not be granted more than 75% of your credit requirements for graduation through transfer of credit.

When you have successfully completed all the required courses in this program, be sure to apply to graduate. For complete details on applying to graduate and convocation, see

Questions about graduation? Please call 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073 for assistance.

Graduation with Honours
If you obtain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or better for the program, you will graduate with honours. If you fail any course in the program, you will not be eligible for this honours designation.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the program have the following career options: 

  • Network administrator
  • Network architect
  • Business systems analyst

Our recent Cisco® Networks Training graduates have reported gaining employment in the following roles:

  • Communications technician
  • Customer account executive
  • IT Support – lead tech
  • Network administrator
  • Systems programmer
  • Operations manager
  • Technical services supervisor
  • Technical specialist
  • Telecontrol journeyperson

For more information about related programs and services, visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) at

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

School of Continuing Education
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB   R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073
Fax: 204-633-6489

How to Register

For information on how to register for courses in this program, follow the link below.

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

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College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

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