CISCO Network Associate

CISCO Network Associate


The Cisco Network Associate certificate is designed to provide students with technical skills needed to become a network support specialist. This course of study also provides the student with the practical knowledge to successfully take the CCNA certification test.


What can you do with a CISCO Network Associate certificate?

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.



Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

•    Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up

•    Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs

•    Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly

•    Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance

•    Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network

•    Train users in the proper use of hardware and software

•    Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists


Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.


Careers And Salary
Network and computer systems administrators held about 382,600 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most network and computer systems administrators were as follows:


Computer systems design and related services




Educational services; state, local, and private


Finance and insurance


Administrative and support services


Network and computer systems administrators work with many types of workers, including information technology (IT) workers, such as computer network architects and computer and information systems managers, and non-IT staff.


Wage Estimates are for Illinois and were found at Bureau of Labor website for Illinois 2016 wage Estimates.



Mean Annual



Computer systems design and related services


Finance and insurance


Administrative and support services


Educational services, state, local and private



Admission to the Program: Open


First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.