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Cisco Networking Academy - Essentials Programs

Networking Essentials

Networking Essentials covers basic networking concepts within the context of the networks you encounter every day. In this 70-hour course, students will develop hands-on networking skills and understand the role networks play in our lives. This course introduces students to networking careers and prepares them for further study.


  • Learn how to plan and install a network using real equipment and connect it to the Internet.
  • Practice verifying and troubleshooting network and Internet connectivity.
  • Learn how to recognize and mitigate security threats to a home network.
  • Configure common Internet applications, set up sharing between computers, and configure basic IP services.
  • Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
Course Fee: 20,000/= LKR (For UoM Students: 15,000)
Duration: 4 Months
Date/Time: Weekday 5.30pm - 8.30pm

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Programming Essentials (Python)


Python is a general-purpose programming language used to build just about anything. Python is key for backend web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence and scientific computing, all of which are key for pursuing IT careers. With Programming Essentials in Python you learn to design, write, debug, and run programs encoded in the Python language. No prior programming knowledge is required. The course begins with the very basics guiding you step by step until you become adept at solving more complex problems. The course aligns to the PCAP – Python Certified Associate Programmer certification, validating your expertise to employers and expanding your IT and IoT career opportunities.

  • Develop a working knowledge for how computers operate and how computer programs are executed.
  • Evolve critical thinking and problem-solving skills using an algorithmic approach.
  • Learn about the programmer’s role in the software development process.
  • Translate real-world issues into computer-solvable problems.
Course Fee: 20,000/= LKR (For UoM Students: 15,000)
Duration: 4 Months
Date/Time: Weekday 5.30pm - 8.30pm

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IoT Fundamentals

The first course, Connecting Things, focuses on identifying, designing, prototyping, and presenting an IoT solution that securely solves a current business or social problem. It is recommended that you have a basic understanding of how to network devices in a LAN and connect them to the internet; an ability to solve basic algorithmic problems using a programming language; knowledge of basic physics concepts such as current, voltage, resistance, and power; and a familiarity with Cisco Packet Tracer.

  • Learn rapid prototyping techniques using Maker technologies such as sensors, electronics, and Arduino microcontrollers.
  • Use visual programming or Python to enable a Raspberry Pi for the gathering and storing of data via APIs.
  • Practice what you learn using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
Course Fee: 20,000/= LKR (For UoM Students: 15,000)
Duration: 4 Months
Date/Time: Weekday 5.30pm - 8.30pm

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Big Data & Analytics

The Big Data & Analytics course builds on Connecting Things, teaching you how to collect, store, and visualize data obtained from IoT sensors. You’ll develop the ability to extract data and use data analytics to gain insights, an extremely valuable skill to employers. It is recommended that you have experience writing and debugging Python code.

  • Deliver business value for your IoT solution by applying analytical thinking and gaining insights from the data you’ve collected.
  • Develop high-demand skills such as creative problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and communication in hands-on lab experiences.
Course Fee: 20,000/= LKR (For UoM Students: 15,000)
Duration: 4 Months
Date/Time: Weekday 5.30pm - 8.30pm

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