IT Masters Cisco CCNA v3


In 2013 we ran a course designed to help prepare students for Cisco’s CCNA v1 certification process and it has since proved one of our most popular courses.

This updated CCNA course provides an overview of the technologies & theories you will need to understand in order to pass the current CCNA exams. It will also detail the various changes to the certification from v1 through to v3.

Cisco CCNA v3 was developed in partnership with the Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) – an industry association whose members are IT professionals aiming to advance the practice of information technology as a profession.

This short course is free. By signing up you will also receive a free ITPA membership (associate level) and their newsletter.

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Use the form below to enrol in this short course, once submitted you will receive a signup email with login details for our learning site.

Course Schedule


  • Compare and contrast OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Compare and contrast TCP and UDP protocols
  • Describe the impact of infrastructure components in an enterprise network
  • Describe the effects of cloud resources on enterprise network architecture
  • Compare and contrast collapsed core and three-tier architectures
  • Compare and contrast network topologies
  • Select the appropriate cabling type based on implementation requirements
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 addressing and subnetting
  • Describe the need for private IPv4 addressing
  • Identify the appropriate IPv6 addressing scheme to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment
  • Compare and contrast IPv6 address types
  • Describe and verify switching concepts
  • Interpret Ethernet frame format
  • Troubleshoot interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, duplex, speed)
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs (normal/extended range) spanning multiple switches
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interswitch connectivity
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot STP protocols
  • Configure, verify and troubleshoot STP related optional features
  • Configure and verify Layer 2 protocols
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot (Layer 2/Layer 3) EtherChannel
  • Describe the benefits of switch stacking and chassis aggregation
  • Describe the routing concepts
  • Interpret the components of a routing table
  • Describe how a routing table is populated by different routing information sources
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inter-VLAN routing
  • Compare and contrast static routing and dynamic routing
  • Compare and contrast distance vector and link state routing protocols
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 static routing
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot single area and multi-area OSPFv2 for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution, stub, virtual-link, and LSAs)
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot single area and multi-area OSPFv3 for IPv6 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution, stub, virtual-link, and LSAs)
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2 for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution)
  • Troubleshoot basic Layer 3 end-to-end connectivity issues

WAN Technologies

  • Describe WAN topology options
  • Describe WAN access connectivity options
  • Describe basic QoS concepts
Infrastructure Services
  • Describe DNS lookup operation
  • Troubleshoot client connectivity issues involving DNSConfigure and verify device management
  • Configure and verify DHCP on a router (excluding static reservations)e
  • Troubleshoot client- and router-based DHCP connectivity issues
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic HSRP
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inside source NAT
  • Configure and verify NTP operating in a client/server mode

Infrastructure Security

  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot port security
  • Describe common access layer threat mitigation techniques
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 access list for traffic filtering
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic device hardening
  • Describe device security using AAA with TACACS+ and RADIUS
Infrastructure Management
  • Configure and verify device-monitoring protocols
  • Troubleshoot network connectivity issues using ICMP echo-based IP SLA
  • Configure and verify device management
  • Perform device maintenance
  • Use Cisco IOS tools to troubleshoot and resolve problems
  • Describe network programmability in enterprise network architecture
  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information


Who will present the webinars?

These webinars are presented by our senior industry based Cisco Lecturer: Matt Constable. Matt’s experience and qualifications include:

  • 14 years as a network engineer, cyber security analyst and communications engineer
  • Managed a team of engineers who provided L3 support on a network with 110 remote sites and 7000 users
  • Designed, developed, and delivered the Cisco certification subjects in the Master of Networking and Systems Administration at Charles Sturt University
  • Has a total of 6 academic qualifications including a Master of Computer Security, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • Extensive experience as a sports coach and martial arts instructor


Will this short course fully prepare me for the CCNA certification exams?

No — not unless you have lots of experience working with Cisco routers and switches. One reason that a CCNA certification is so highly regarded is that the exams are very difficult. So, unless you already have lots of experience, you should consider supplementing what you learn in this short course by:

  • Enrolling in an authorised CCNA training courses with organisations such as the DDLS, or in the practical internetworking subject with Charles Sturt University
  • The Boson Cisco CCNA labs, courseware and practice exam


Will the course help me prepare for both CCNA exams?

Yes, this course will help you prepare for exam 100-105 ICND1 and exam 200-105 ICND2


How does CCNA v3 differ from CCNA v1?

This will be discussed during the course, but, briefly, CCNA v3 tests in the following additional areas:

  • Infrastructure components and impact of their interactions for firewalls, access points, and wireless controllers
  • Collapsed core architecture vs. three-tier architectures
  • How to configure and verify IPv6 Stateless Address Auto Configuration (SLAAC)
  • RIPv2 for IPv4 serves as primary focus for routing protocols
  • DNS and DHCP related connectivity issues
  • Backing up and restoring device configurations
  • Dual- vs. single-homed intelligent WAN topology options
  • External BGP (eBGP) as used to connect enterprise branches
  • VPN topics now include DMVPN, site-to-site VPN, and client VPN technologies in common enterprise use
  • How cloud resources are used in enterprise network architectures, including how cloud services affect network traffic paths and flows, common virtualised services and how they coexist with legacy infrastructure
  • Basics of virtual network infrastructure (NFV)
  • Awareness of programmable, software-defined network (SDN) architectures, including separation of control and data planes, and how a controller functions and communicates
  • Using Path Trace application for ACLs
  • Understanding QoS concepts as they related to marking, shaping and policing mechanisms for congestion management


Will the course count towards my Professional Development Points?

Provided you pass the assessment at credit level or above, completion of the course will qualify you for both entry into the ITPA Certified Practicing Member program and also for 10 of the 20 Professional Development Points required to achieve ITPA Certified Practicing Member status.


What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, audio lectures, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.


Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open-book exam that you will sit at your computer.


Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for the exam.


Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.


Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.


Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.


Am I Eligible to Study
a Post Graduate Course?

Industry experience and previous studies all contribute towards your eligibility. You do not necessarily have to have an undergraduate degree to study.