Information Technology

IVE (Chai Wan)

Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP)


Cisco Systems provides end-to-end networking solutions that customers use to build a unified information infrastructure of their own, or to connect to someone else's network.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program (CNAP) is a comprehensive e-learning program that provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy delivers web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications.

CNAP is a non-profit-making network training program. Through the program, students can learn to design, build and maintain computer networks capable of supporting local and global organizations.

Cisco Systems Networking Academy, IVE (Chai Wan)

In 1999, IVE (Chai Wan) became Cisco System’s 1st Regional Networking Academy (RA) in Hong Kong. As a partner in this collaboration, the department of Computing and Information Management provides administrative and academic support, develops local academies, and conducts training for the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) curriculum. The industrial recognition of CCNA and other Cisco certification provide students with an edge in pursuing careers in the networking industry.

Cisco Academy Training Center (CATA), IVE (Chai Wan)

In 2006, the department signed an agreement with Cisco Systems to take on the role of Asia-Pacific region’s Cisco Academy Training Centre (CATC) in supporting CATC’s Network Security and Wireless curricula. The centre will support the development of local academics and train intructors in the areas of Network Security and Wireless.

Cisco Academy Instructor Training Centre (ITC)

Instructor Training Centre (ITC) is a unit managed by certified trainers, who are qualified to teach, assess and certify new Cisco Academy instructors to teach authorized Academy courses such as ITE, CCNA, CCNA Security and CCNP. IVE(CW) is authorized by Cisco Systems to be the only one ITC in Hong Kong. The department aims to continue to strengthen the collaboration and establish a strong presence in the industry as a centre that provides high quality training in these areas.


  • Students can develop practical networking knowledge and skills in a hands-on environment.
  • Students can learn to design, build and maintain computer networks capable of supporting local and global organizations.
  • Students can learn the information needed to prepare for the Cisco Certified Networking examination.
  • Students can be well equipped for the increasingly technology-dependent economy.
  • Schools can get important new networking curricula and resources to help maintain their internal computer networks.
  • Schools can become leading ones in the Internet technology.


  • FREE multimedia courseware provided by Cisco.
  • Get practical experience in networking and internet technologies.
  • Prepare with confidence for Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) certifications.
  • Obtain the most promising skills for IT-related jobs.

Resources Implications

  • FREE multimedia courseware provided by Cisco.
  • For each class of 30 students, the number of PCs needed is 10 to 15.
  • Schools can obtain the networking equipment with a worldwide discount from Cisco.
  • Training fee for each school instructor in a Local Academy will be based on cost recovery.

Organization Structure of Cisco Networking Academy

Organization Structure of CNAP

Cisco Network Academy represents a partnership among educational institutions, industry, government institutions and non-profit organizations. The purpose of it is to increase the access to education and career opportunities as well as to provide the adequate number of qualified experts, who are in demand within the ICT industry. The academy refined its organization structure in 2013. The aim of this restructuring is to develop and strengthen relationships with academy partners and hope to address issues and questions quickly. Members of the Networking Academy include educational institutions, NGOs, and industry and government organizations that can participate in the program as a Cisco Academy, Instructor Training Centre (ITC), Academy Support Centre (ASC), or a combination of these roles.


Initially, CNAP was created to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) degrees, the Academy curriculum has expanded with ecosystem-partner sponsored courses. Optional courses include: IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software and IT Essentials: Network Operating Systems; and Panduit Network Infrastructure Essentials sponsored by Panduit Corporation. The following lists all the courses available from the CNAP.

  • IT Essentials I: PC Hardware and Software
  • IT Essentials II: Network Operating Systems
  • CCNA v3.0
  • CCNA Discovery
  • CCNA Exploration
  • CCNP v5.0
  • Fundamentals of Wireless LANs
  • Network Security
  • Panduit Network Infrastructure Essentials
  • Fundamentals of Java Programming
  • Fundamentals of UNIX

Teaching & Learning

  • Cisco provides course work for a complete range of networking concepts, from basic to advance.
  • Interactive lessons stored largely on the classroom's web server.
  • Multimedia instructions through extensive graphics and QuickTime movies.
  • Learning through doing and practice.
  • Course projects to let students resolve and address technical networking issues.

Career & Certification

Different Cisco Systems Networking Academy program provides the opportunity to obtain different levels of certification:

  • The IT Essentials curriculum introduces contents relating to PC hardware, software, and network operating systems.  It prepares students for CompTIA A+, EUCIP IT Administrator, and CompTIA Server+ certifications and entry-level IT support careers.
  • The CCNA Discovery curriculum teaches networking based on application, covering the types of networks students may encounter, from small offices to more complex enterprise models. Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for Cisco CCENT and Cisco CCNA certifications and entry-level networking careers.
  • The CCNA Exploration curriculum teaches networking based on technology, covering protocols and theory at deeper levels reflective of university practices. Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCNA certification and careers in information and communication technology.
  • The CCNP curriculum teaches the advanced skills required to manage end-to-end converged network infrastructures and prepares students for the Cisco CCNP certification and enterprise networking careers.
  • CNAP also offers advanced technology courses, which focus on topics such as security, wireless, and voice, to prepare students for specialized certifications and professional careers in information and communication technology.