Cisco Network Academy Self-Paced Courses


Are you interested in technology? Not sure where to start? Cisco Networking Academy can help you start learning today. In the Cisco Networking Academy program, we are in the business of bridging possibilities in Education, Careers and Beyond! All courses are FREE!​

New Cybersecurity Pathway: If you take the following courses it will prepare you for the Certification: IT Specialist-Cybersecurity; Introduction to Cybersecurity, Networking Basics, Networking devices & Initial Configuration, Endpoint Security, Network Defense, Cyber Threat Management, Cybersecurity Pathway Exam. Visit the Certiport website for more information about the IT Specialist certification program. To take your Certiport certification exam (INF-105 Cybersecurity), register through Pearson VUE.

There are digital badges that can be displayed on a learner's LinkedIn profile or online portfolio after completing the course. By clicking on the links below, you will also see a course description that will help you determine if you have interest in enrolling. From that page, you will be able to enter in your first name, last name, and email address to enroll into the course. Choose as many as you'd like there is no limit to the number of courses you can be enrolled in.

If you previously have used please use the email address associated with your current account. Please note that NetAcad is unable to merge accounts. If you have not previously registered, after you enroll on a link below, you will be sent an email to create your account and profile. After that is completed, you will be able to launch your course and start learning!

Please note: Individuals need to be 13+ to have a account.  Individuals younger than that can have their parent or other trusted adult create an account and together complete the course.

Education for everyone!

These four courses will benefit you in your day to day life.

Getting Started with Cisco Packet Tracer - Click to Enroll

(2 Hours)           

This course will introduce Cisco Packet Tracer, a simulation and visualization tool used to learn and practice networking, Internet of Things, and cybersecurity. This virtual lab allows students to practice their skills, no hardware required. Explore everything Packet Tracer has available with this tutorial course and unlock the world of networking.

Introduction to Cybersecurity - Click to Enroll

​​​(6 Hours)

Learn how to stay safe on the internet. This course explores cyber trends, threats, and staying safe in cyberspace, and protecting personal and company data. Learn how to protect your personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why more and more IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding.

In​​tro to IoT & Digital Transformation - Click to Enroll      

​(6 Hours)

Continue along the Packet Tracer and IoT journey with this course. Dive into the network utilizing IoT devices inside Packet Tracer. Learn how to add IoT devices to a home network or enterprise network. Next connect these devices, configure them, and monitor them. Discover what these devices consist of, what they can do, and how they are programmed. Students will even learn how to create their own IoT device in Packet Tracer. 

Exploring IoT w/ Packet ​​Tracer - Click to Enroll

​(3 Hours)

Continue along the Packet Tracer and IoT journey with this course. Dive into the network utilizing IoT devices inside Packet Tracer. Learn how to add IoT devices to a home network or enterprise network. Next connect these devices, configure them, and monitor them. Discover what these devices consist of, what they can do, and how they are programmed. Students will even learn how to create their own IoT device in Packet Tracer. 

Explore IT (Information Technology) & Cybersecurity!

If you want to take your initial tech skills to the next level, these courses will help you do that.


​(8 Hours)

Ever considered a career in Linux? Or, stuck in a dead-end job and exploring options for a career change? NDG Linux Unhatched allows students to wade into the shallow end of Linux, the back-end operating system used by global titans such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon and more. Graduates walk away with a clear understanding of whether Linux is for them or not, without having to commit to more than 8 total hours of self-paced learning. To ensure you don’t get stuck, you’ll be guided step-by-step through a series of hands-on virtual machine activities. The course aligns well with a portion of the Linux exam objectives found in the LPI Linux Essentials Exam Certification. After this course, we suggest taking either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I.​

Networking Ba​​sics - Click to Enroll

(25 Hours)

Learn the foundational level of networking, network devices, media, and protocols. This course will show students how to observe data in action and how to connect a device to a network. Students will also learn how about different protocols and use different network applications to complete a network task. This course is a starting point for a career in Information Technology. ​

Endpoint Se​​​​curity - Click to Enroll

(40 Hours)

Learn how to identify and secure networks including hardware, software, and media. This course will teach students how to assess the network, operating systems, and endpoints for vulnerabilities, and how to secure the network. Learn important skills in the world of Cybersecurity including maintenance of integrity, confidentiality, and availability.

Network Defe​​​nse - Click to Enroll

(40 Hours)

This course covers how to monitor a network and evaluate security alerts. Learn about tools and techniques that aid in protecting a network including access control, firewalls, cloud security, and cryptography. The tools taught in this course will allow students to create a layered defense cybersecurity strategy.​

Cyber Threat​​​ Management - Click to Enroll

​​​(20 Hours)

Gain skills needed to manage threats, such as how to analyze a network for vulnerabilities, manage risks, and respond to security incidents in this course. Students will learn how to develop policies and ensure that an organization is compliant with ethical standards and legal & regulatory frameworks, which are necessary for a secure network. 

Pave the way for new skills!

Interested in preparing yourself for a new career path? These courses will help you do that!


​(70 Hours)

As one of the most successful open source collaborations, Linux has evolved into the most reliable operating system on the planet. It’s used for embedded systems to virtually all supercomputers for a good reason. NDG Linux Essentials quickly builds your Linux knowledge and prepares you for the Linux Professional Institute Linux Essentials certificate, your proof to employers that you know Linux! Many concepts in this course are covered at a more demanding pace in NDG Linux I​. No prerequisites required.​

Networking Devices & Initial Configura​​tion -  Click to Enroll

​(25 Hours)

This course covers the essentials of network devices and how to configure them. Learn how to give network devices an address or IP Address, both manually and automatically. Learn how to create groups of IP Addresses and configure Cisco devices, creating a small network and testing for connectivity.

Python Essentials 1 -  Click to Enroll

(30 Hours)

Python is a programming language that offers endless possibilities for creating small and large-scale software projects. This course teaches a user-friendly and easy-to-read code with Python. It is a great first programming language to learn and requires no prior knowledge in programming. Python is used by tech giants like Google, Facebook, Netflix and more, and grants access to higher paying roles like software engineer, systems admin, and security engineer.

Networking Essentials - Click to Enroll

(70 Hours)

Networking Essentials teaches networking based on environments students may encounter in daily life, including small office and home office networking. This course provides an engaging, self-paced learning experience using Packet Tracer simulation, interactive activities, and learning with your own devices at home. Develop a foundational understanding of the high-level network architecture and how a network operates.

Cybersecurity Pathway Exam - Click to Enroll

​​(50 Questions​)

It's time to test the knowledge you've gained! This pathway exam summarizes content from the entire Cybersecurity Pathway. Demonstrate that you understand the basic concepts of network security, operating system security, and endpoint security, as well as techniques to monitor and protect the network. Show that you know how to evaluate and respond to security alerts, and that you understand cybersecurity policies and governance. Demonstrate your skills to perform network vulnerability assessment and create a risk management plan, and show you are familiar with post-incident response.

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