Program Overview

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Cisco CCNA

Start date: Fall 2023

End date: Fall 2024


Mode of delivery: Hybrid (learning online and on campus)

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday (6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) online and alternating Saturdays on campus


The goal of this program is to prepare students to perform basic installation, configuration, operation and troubleshooting of medium-size routed and switched networks on CISCO networking equipment.

Additionally, by providing students with the appropriate training, the program also aims at preparing graduates to successfully complete the industry-recognized CISCO CCNA certification. Students will obtain sought-after skills in networking which are critical for those seeking advancement in careers in the IT sector.

I’m interested, but I already have experience

Champlain College Saint-Lambert offers the same CCNA AEC through RAC, specifically for people who have a significant amount of work or life experience. It takes approximately 3 to 5 months to complete, and can be pursued even with a full-time job.

Career Outlook

Among the positions described by CISCO that a CCNA may fill are: help desk specialist, field technician, level 1 systems specialist and level 1 systems integrator. Although this AEC is primarily intended to extend existing skills, the employment prospects for individuals in this area are very good. To help with this, Champlain organizes events where students can meet potential employers, and interview for any available positions.


The CCNA – Routing and Switching (2014) Program consists of eight (8) credit courses, for a total of 390 hours.

  • 420-131-LA  Introduction to Networks I – 45 Hours
  • 420-132-LA  Introduction to Networks II – 45 Hours
  • 420-133-LA  Introduction to Switching– 45 Hours
  • 420-134-LA  Introduction to Routing – 45 Hours
  • 420-235-LA  Implementing Wireless Devices in Small to Medium LANs – 45 Hours
  • 420-236-LA  Routing in Complex Networks – 45 Hours
  • 420-237-LA  Emerging Network Technologies in small to medium sized business networks – 60 Hours
  • 420-238-LA  Designing Client- Based Network Solutions – 60 Hours

Note: If a student registered in this program withdraws, stops attending or does not succeed in a course which is a pre-requisite for a following course, the student’s status may change from full-time to part-time and consequently all fees will be recalculated. If the student’s status changes from full-time to part-time, he/she will be charged the difference.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies or a High School Leaving Certificate or have received instruction deemed sufficient by the College. In addition, students must have previous related work experience or post-secondary studies in the Computer Science field. Prospective candidates will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and will be tested for their basic networking knowledge prior to being admitted.

Further details

You are eligible to register in a program if you are a:

  • Canadian Citizen or
  • Permanent Resident or
  • Holder of a valid Student Visa

And you can provide proof of previous studies deemed acceptable by the College, for example:

  • A Quebec Secondary V Diploma or a Diploma of Secondary Studies or equivalent scholarity or
  • A College Diploma or a University Degree or
  • An “Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec” or
  • Partial high school studies, coupled with a recommendation from a current or former employer that you would benefit from pursuing your education at the post-secondary level.

And you meet one of the following three conditions:

  • You have not been a full-time student for at least two consecutive terms or one school year within the last 12 months.
  • You are part of an agreement between the College and an employer, or you are sponsored within the terms of a government program (for example: CSST, Emploi-Québec).
  • You have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies spread over a period of one year or more.

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