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Practical Network Engineering
Course Description

In this course, students flesh out their networking knowledge and hands-on Cisco experience, and get further prepared to achieve Cisco CCNA® certification.

The course covers some of the most powerful technologies used on enterprise networks, including virtual LANs (VLANs), Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP), traffic management with access control lists (ACLs), dynamic routing, wide area network (WAN) technologies, and more. The central focus is on gaining the most practical of networking skills. The student learns to really think like a network engineer as they perform hands-on work on Cisco routers, switches, and firewalls in a simulated network environment.

After completing this course, students will have the core skills needed to achieve Cisco CCNA certification. The final Cisco CCNA Exam Preparation course then serves as final preparation for the CCNA certification exam.

About the Field
Cisco is the leading manufacturer of the devices that power enterprise networks and the Internet, and it's valuable for anyone pursuing a technology-related career to gain some hands-on experience with Cisco gear. The VIASINC network simulators behave just like Cisco routers, switches, and firewalls, so the experience gained in this course can be directly applied on the job. The knowledge gained here is also directly applicable towards the Cisco CCNA certification exam.
Career Implications

Networks are the lifeblood of modern commerce, and there is a huge ongoing demand for workers with the skills to maintain them all. This is one career field that continues to grow, showing remarkable resilience and very little unemployment in the face of recent economic upheavals.

The US Department of Labor expects "excellent" job prospects over the coming decade, with overall employment in the field increasing by 30% or more. Career opportunities abound in both the public and private sectors, and salaries are competitive, ranging well into six figures for experienced workers.

Subjects Covered
For a complete list of the subjects covered in the course, please refer to the outline.
To see a demo of the course, please refer to the preview.
20 lessons, 20 drills, 5 quizzes, 1 final exam.
Average Running Time
40 hours.
Related VIASINC Courses

This course is designed as a follow-up to the Introduction to Network Engineering course, expanding into some of the more advanced networking technologies. After completing these two foundation courses, the student can then move on to the final Cisco CCNA Exam Preparation course to complete their preparation for the CCNA certification exam.

These courses can be combined with the VIASINC LPI Linux Certification and/or Linux Network Engineering courses to add a whole new dimension to a candidate's networking skillset. Network administrators with Linux skills are in especially high demand.

VIASINC also offers a printed reference guide to accompany the Cisco network engineering courses, which includes a complete Cisco command reference, glossary, and CCNA exam practice questions with an answer key and explanations.