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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)


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.

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

Our intake for this course commences in October

*Course will run subject to a minimum number.

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

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
Network Fundamentals
  • 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
Routing Protocols and Concepts
  • 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 Switching and Wireless
  • LAN Design
  • Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration
  • Virtual LANs
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration
Accessing the WAN
  • 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 on Saturday, 17th October 2020 in Griffith College Dublin. Contact for further information.

This course will run one day per week from 9.30am - 3.30pm over 18 weeks, course dates outlined below.​

Year 2020

  • Oct: 17, 31
  • Nov: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • Dec: 05, 12

Year 2021

  • Jan: 09, 16, 23, 30
  • Feb: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • Mar: 06, 13
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Mature Students 

If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

Under 23 Years 

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

5 Ordinary Level D3s (subjects to include a language, English, Irish or another language) or equivalent exam taken.

New Leaving Cert

5 O6/H7 grades, to include Maths and a language (English, Irish or another language).

Students would have some familiarity with IT systems.  Ideal candidates would have completed the CompTIA A+ or CompTIA Network + qualifications.  Also suitable would be people with some experience in troubleshooting and repair. Fluency in English is a requirement and 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 Short Courses Department


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 1,695

This fee does not include exam costs or course manuals.


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