ccna course ireland
Professional / Short Course
Daytime x 18 Saturdays (9.30am - 3.30pm)
Validated by
Griffith College
Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

Explore the dynamics behind application protocols, computer networking and functionality

The CCNA Exploration course explores the main application protocols and delves into their relationship with the protocols and services provided by the Transport, Internet, Data Link and Physical layers of the network.


This course focuses on the development of professional skills and does not sit on the national framework; however, it leads to a Griffith College award.

Why Study Cisco Certified Network Associate at Griffith College?

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is conducted on a part-time weekend basis over an 18-week period. This comprehensive course will encompass the basics of routing – both static and dynamic and incorporates the configuration and implementation of various routing protocols.

  • You will gain a firm understanding of key networking principles like LAN Switching, Wireless, WANs, Security, VLANS and IP Telephony.
  • You will learn to design, build and configure multiple networks through simulation-based activities, using Packet Tracer.
  • Experiment with different topologies and observing network traffic flow with a wide variety of equipment and features to choose from.
  • You will develop a capacity for problem-solving and critical thinking while using terminology that provides an in-depth, theoretical understanding of networking concepts.
  • You will receive a highly regarded qualification within the global networking industry.
  • Griffith College is not an exam testing centre. Exams are separate to the course and are booked and paid separately through

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Part-Time - May 2024

Course Details

The CCNA Exploration curriculum consists of four modules.

CCNA qualification exam 604-802 includes both ICND1 640-822 and ICND2 640-816.

Year One Core Subjects

  • Living in a Network-Centric World
  • Communicating over the Network
  • Application Layer Functionality and Protocols
  • OSI Transport Layer
  • OSI Network Layer
  • Addressing the Network – IPv4
  • Data Link Layer
  • OSI Physical Layer
  • Ethernet
  • Planning and Cabling Your Network
  • Configuring and Testing Your Network

  • Introduction to Routing and Packet Forwarding
  • Static Routing
  • Introduction to Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
  • RIP version 1
  • VLSM and CIDR
  • RIPv2
  • The Routing Table: A Closer Look
  • Link-State Routing Protocols
  • OSPF

  • LAN Design
  • Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration
  • Virtual LANs
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration

  • Wide Area Networks
  • Point to Point Protocol
  • Frame Relay
  • Network Security
  • Access Control Lists
  • Connecting Teleworkers to the WAN: Cable, DSL, Broadband Wireless, VPNs
  • IP Addressing Services: DHCP, NAT, IPv6
  • Network Troubleshooting

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


This course is scheduled to commence in January 2024. Contact [email protected] for further information.

This weekend course will run one day per week from 9.30am - 3.30pm over 18 weeks, course dates to be confirmed.​

Year 2024

Timetables will be made available closer to the course start date.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • We recommend that participants have familiarity with IT systems. Ideal candidates would have completed the CompTIA Network + qualification. Also suitable would be people with experience in troubleshooting and repair.
  • Fluency in English is a requirement.
  • Students who are not working in the IT industry should be prepared to commit extra time to study.

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Professional Academy.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 1,695

This fee does not include exam costs or course manuals.

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