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Educational institutions and nonprofit organizations around the world deliver Networking Academy courses to help improve local career opportunities. The courses cover a range of topics from basic network design and theory to network security and advanced troubleshooting tools. 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration are integrated into the curricula to help students succeed in their careers.

If you, as an individual, are interested in taking NetAcad classes or finding an academy near you, please see Become a Student.


Delivery Model

Networking Academy utilizes a blended learning model that combines face-to-face teaching with engaging online content and hands-on learning activities to help students prepare for industry-standard certifications, entry-level and advanced careers, and higher education in engineering, computer science, information systems, and related fields. Courses are delivered through secondary and post-secondary schools, colleges, universities, and community-based organizations in more than 165 countries.

Academy Benefits

Academies gain access to standards-based courses that support core academics and align to in-demand job skills and globally recognized certifications, including the CCENT certification for entry-level network technicians and the CCNA Security certification for security specialists.

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Academy instructors receive ongoing training and support through a collaborative global community, and not-for-profit institutions are eligible for discounts on equipment and curricula licensing at no cost.

Become a Cisco Academy

Through the Networking Academy training model, academies deliver training to students and receive training and support from Instructor Training Centers (ITCs) and Academy Support Centers (ASCs). If you would like to become an academy, you can fill out an online application.To apply for status as an ASC or ITC please send your request to your Area Academy Manager (AAM).

Technical Requirements

The following resources are needed to deliver Cisco Networking Academy curricula:

  • A dedicated classroom
  • A PC for every student
  • An Internet connection that supports all computers
  • A local server to download and deliver content
  • Budget or grant funds to purchase an academy lab bundle (if necessary)
  • A certified instructor


The Instructor Training Center or Academy Support Center in your area will provide more information about training schedules for instructor certification, fees, and support. The ASC will also facilitate communications with education sales representatives to fulfill lab equipment requirements.

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