Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the CCENT preparation program?
The CCENT program can be completed within one semester. The two 8-week courses can be taken back-to-back in the fall or winter semesters.

How long does it take to complete the CCNA Routing and Switching preparation program?
The program can be completed within one year. The four-course series must be taken in sequence. Students can take two 8-week courses per semester. Those starting the program in the fall semester can finish by early May. Students starting in the winter semester can finish in late December.

How long does it take to complete the CCNA Security preparation program?
The program can be completed within one year. Preparation for the CCNA Security exam includes three courses: the two CCENT courses and the CCNA Security course.

What days do the classes meet?
The 8-week classes meet twice a week for approximately 3-3/4 hours, usually Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday.

When are classes offered?
CNT 110 (CCNA: Networking I) and CNT 210 (CCNA: Networking III), are typically offered both day and night the first eight weeks of the fall and winter semesters.

CNT 120 (CCNA: Networking II) and CNT 220 (CCNA: Networking IV) are typically offered both day and night the second eight weeks of the fall and winter semesters.

Check WebAdvisor for the most recent class schedule. Click on the Search for Sections link at the bottom right. Select the desired term, under Subjects choose CNT, under Course Levels choose CC, and then click the Submit button.

What times do the classes meet?
Day sections typically meet from about 8:00 am to 11:50 am or 12:10 pm to 4:00 pm. Night classes meet from 6:00 pm to 9:50 pm.

When I register for the first 8-week course, can I also register for the second 8-week course?
Yes, you do not have to wait until the first 8-week class ends before registering for the second 8-week class. In fact it is recommended to register for both at the same time to ensure a spot.

Are classes offered in the spring or summer?
No, classes are not offered during the spring and summer due to the shortened semester length. The department has determined that due to the rigor and technical nature of the courses, it would not be beneficial to students to offer the courses in such a short time frame.

What is the cost per course?
Check the HFC website for current tuition rates.

Where are the classes taught?
Classes are taught in the Technology Building on main campus in labs T-135 and T-238.

Are there any prerequisites?
No, there are no prerequisites for this program, however, any previous knowledge of computers and/or networking is beneficial. At minimum, students should already have the ability to perform basic computer functions such as using a mouse and keyboard and performing simple Windows operations (copy & paste and storing files). Students should also have experience with using a web browser to surf the Internet. If you have no prior networking knowledge, plan on eight to 16 hours of homework/study time per week.

Can I just take the CCNA preparation courses?
Yes, if you are only interested in preparing for the CCENT and/or CCNA exams, you only need to take the CCNA courses. Successful completion of all four CCNA courses also leads to a college certificate.

Do the CCNA courses apply toward an Associate’s Degree?
Yes, all four courses are core course requirements for the 2-year Network Administration degree program and electives for the 2-year Information Assurance degree program.

Are there any benefits to being enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy program like the one at HFC?
Definitely! Once you enroll in a CCNA course at HFC, you become a Cisco Networking Academy student. As such, you will have indefinite access to numerous resources to help you be successful.

During your first class session, you will be provided with an account to register on the program website. This will give you access to:

  • On-line high-quality curriculum
  • Network simulation software
  • Networking games and competitions
  • Exam discounts
  • And much more...

How do I enroll in the next available CNT 110 - CCNA: Networking I course?
You enroll in the CCNA courses just as you would enroll in any other course at HFC. If you are not presently an HFC student, you will need to submit an application. If you are not planning to enroll in a degree program, you do not need to participate in placement testing or academic advising.

Is there a wait list?
If the classes are full for the semester you are interested in, there will be a wait list for each individual section. Getting on a wait list may help you get into the class if someone drops. It may also help to open an additional section if enough students are on the wait list, and an instructor and Lab Room can be found for a workable time slot.

If I have some experience, can I skip the first CCNA course?
It is possible, but you will have to take the final exam (both written and hands-on) for any course you want to skip. You must get a grade of 80% or better on the finals to be considered for advanced placement. Contact Computer Networking Academy instructor, Mrs. Fitzner, at kfitzner@hfcc.edu for a consultation. This should be done at least 2-weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Will there be hands-on experience with Cisco products?
Most definitely! HFC’s Networking Academy labs are some of the best equipped in the Midwest. You will be working either individually or in small groups with networking cabling/media and various models of routers, switches, and other networking devices used throughout the IT industry. Most of your class time will be spent in hands-on learning activities.

Will I be prepared to take the certification exam after completion of the preparation program?
You will cover all the information you need to be successful on the exams within the courses. After completion of a program, most students need some additional study time and review before taking the exam. It is recommended to wait no more than 4 – 6 weeks before scheduling your exam.

How much do the certification exams cost?
As of August 2014, exam fees are as follows:

  • CCENT (100-101 ICND1) - $150
  • CCNA Routing and Switching (200-101 ICND2) - $150
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Composite Exam (200-120) - $295
  • CCNA Security Exam (640-554 IINS) - $250

Those enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy have an opportunity to qualify for 50% off discount vouchers by scoring a 75% or higher on the online final exam for certain courses.

Where can I take the certification exams?
The Cisco certification exams are administered by Pearson VUE, an independent testing agency. The M-TEC building on the HFC East Campus is a Pearson VUE testing center and delivers Cisco certification exams. It can provide a comfortable, familiar setting during a stressful time. Visit the Pearson VUE website to schedule an exam at M-TEC, or at one of the other Pearson VUE testing centers in the area.

Does HFC offer CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) classes?
Yes, HFC has a 3-course CCNP preparation program. Each course prepares students for the most current CCNP exam aligned with that course. Once a candidate has passed all three certification exams, they are then awarded the CCNP designation.

Do the CCNP courses count towards any degree programs?
Yes, the CCNP courses are all electives within both the Network Administration and Information Assurance degree programs.

What other classes are offered within the Computer (Cisco) Networking Academy that prepare students for industry certifications? We offer a course to prepare students for the CompTIA A+ Computer Hardware/Software certification (CNT 103), a course preparing students for the CompTIA Security+ certification (CNT 260), and a course preparing students for the CCNA Security certification (CNT 270). These courses are all electives within the two-year Network Administration degree program.

Does HFC offer any work experience?
The Co-op Program at HFC provides work experience opportunities for students. There are numerous co-op positions available for networking students. Typically, a student needs to complete at least 50% of their core coursework before being considered for co-op. However, completion of all four CCNA courses may quality someone for a co-op position.

For more information, visit the Co-op Program website. Please note, the opportunity to participate in cooperative education is dependent on the availability of appropriate jobs in business and industry.

Do you offer any type of job placement or job services?
HFC’s Job Placement Office provides job search assistance to students after graduation or upon completion of a certificate program. Visit the Job Placement Office website for more information about their services.