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  • Certificate program
  • Accredited program
  • Classroom delivery


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 three courses:

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

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
COMP-1273CCNA Level 1
COMP-2273CCNA Level 2
COMP-3273CCNA Level 3
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-1273CCNA Level 1
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This course conforms to the first of three courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) designation. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, 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, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing, and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling, performing basic configurations of network devices including routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes.

COMP-2273CCNA Level 2
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This course conforms to the second of three courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation. The course expands on topics covered in Cisco Networking 1 and examines new topics. The course describes the architecture, components and operation of routers and switches in a small to medium business environment.. Students will analyze, configure, verify and troubleshoot the following using both IPv4/IPv5 protocols and services: Security, Redundancy, DHCP, WLAN, Static Routing, Inter-VLAN routing, Routing tables, Dynamic Trunking (DTP), VLANs, STP and EtherChannel. By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct common routing/switching issues. Basic procedural labs are introduced in each module. Students then perform basic configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting on provided equipment. Packet Tracer activities reinforce new concepts and allow students to model and analyze routing.

COMP-3273CCNA Level 3
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This course conforms to the third course leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designation. This course covers redundant and scalable network design with appropriate hardware components.

Students will plan, implement and troubleshoot networks of design. How to connect networks using single-area OSPF. Learn deeper information on how networks are connected globally, and how they are commonly attacked and protected by Systems Operations. Students will learn how to better manage their networks using tools for remote probing, logging, and configuration, and learn more about modern networks are managed through Application Programming interfaces
Basic procedural labs are introduced in each chapter. The students then performs basic configuration, implementation and troubleshooting labs. Packet Tracer activities reinforce new concepts, and allows students to mode and analyze routing processes.


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.

Recent Changes

The Cisco Networking Academy recently changed the curriculum from 4 levels to 3 levels to qualify to write the Certified Cisco® Network Associate (CCNA) examination.

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.

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

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