Cisco Networking Academy, UL. 

The Cisco Academy in the Electronic & Computer Engineering department was founded on the 19th of February 2001. Since then the academy has trained over 500 students in networking, making us one of the largest academies in Ireland. The Cisco academy labs have been incorporated into all of our undergraduate courses and more recently aspects of them have been added to some of the taught masters courses that we run here in the ECE department. Cisco Career Certifications are regarded as one of the best in the IT Industry (ref GlobalKnowledge and TechRepublic).


We also established a Pearson Vue test centre to allow our students to be examined here on campus. It should also be noted that since setting up the Pearson Vue test centre here in UL we have provided examinations for many other organisations such as Limerick Institute of Technology, Athlone Institute of technology, Analog Devices and Dell to name but a few. The Pearson Vue test centre can examine competency of people in many industry accredited certifications, not just cisco, but CompTIA, LabView, VMware, Redhat plus many more . The testing centre has been open since June 2005 and all exam takers have given it very positive feedback saying it was a relaxed atmosphere and that they found it much more flexible than other centres from a booking perspective.

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Cisco Networking Academy Program at The University of Limerick

The cisco courses usually run once a year. The courses are scheduled to run immediately after the Summer semester exams so as not to interfere with any University students studies.

Night classes have been run in the past, ususally starting in September (subject to demand). Please email for details. 

The CCNA Discovery curriculum

The CCNA Discovery curriculum prepares students for two different Cisco certification exams, CCENT® or CCNA®. CCENT® (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) is an optional first step toward earning the Cisco CCNA® (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification, which is the foundation certification for networking careers. Students who complete all CCNA Discovery courses will be prepared for the industry-standard CCNA certification exam.


CCENT Certification



CCENT presents a new point of entry for those just beginning to build a career in networking. As an optional stepping stone to CCNA, CCENT validates the skills required to successfully install and verify basic networks a requirement for most entry-level network support positions. Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT™) validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. With a CCENT, a network professional demonstrates the skills required for entry-level network support positions - the starting point for many successful careers in networking. CCENT is the first step toward achieving CCNA, which covers medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections.  

Course Outline

The CCENT covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Computer Networking Concepts
  • Operation of IP Data Networks
  • TCP/IP & OSI Networking
  • LAN Switching Technologies (Ethernet, VLANs, Trunking etc.)
  • IP addressing (IPv4 / IPv6) (VLSM, LAN/WAN technologies)
  • IP Routing Technologies (configuration, link-state, distance vector)
  • IP Services (DHCP, ACLs, NAT, NTP)
  • Network Device Security
  • Troubleshooting

Target Audience & Prerequisites: This course is aimed at learners who wish to gain an industry qualification in CISCO Networking Technologies. Candidates should have an understanding of the core components of a computer system.

Required exams: CCENT (ICND1): 100-101 exam. The 100-101 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) is the exam associated with the CCENT certification, it takes 90 Minutes and consists of approximately 50 questions.

Delivery: This workshop is delivered on campus as a full-time course (6-days).

NOTE: CCNA = CCENT (6 days ) + ICND2 (6 days)

Certification: UL currently has a Pearson VUE Test Centre, which enables participants to take examinations on campus.

Cost: The Course running in June 2017 costs €250 for UL staff/students and €450 for all others

The difference in pricing is due to a UL grant contribution making up the balance for UL staff and students.

CCNA Certification

The Cisco CCNA covers medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections. The 640-802 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1(ICND1) and the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) courses. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network.

The curriculum covers:

·  Resolving network issues with efficient problem solving techniques.

·      Installing and configuring Cisco switches and routers in local and wide-area networks using various protocols.

·      Implementing static routes, determining IP routes; managing IP traffic.

·      Management of passwords, telnet and SSH access.

·      Describe how network technologies operate in terms of the OSI reference model and the TCI/IP stack.

·      Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats.

·      Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network.

·      Implement and verify WAN links.

Additionally, the CCNA curriculum provides training in the proper care, maintenance, and use of networking software tools and equipment. This course takes a total of 8 days of training (CCNA Exam), or CCENT (ICND1 Exam) + 4 days (ICND2 exam).

Career Opportunities:

·      Companies IT Departments/Network Teams

·      Cisco Channel Partners/Resellers

·      Telecom Companies / Internet Service Providers

·      Contractors on network projects / Project Managers

Target Audience and Entry Requirements:

Although no formal qualification in computing is required candidates should have some experience working with technology or have completed an entry level ICT course.

Enquiries to:

Dr Eoin O'Connell
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
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