OS & IT

IT Essentials

Learn how to apply skills and procedures to install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software.

By Cisco Networking Academy

The Fundamentals of Connecting Computers to Networks

Imagine building a computer then connecting it securely to a network. This exciting first step could lead to a rewarding IT career. Because a sure way to excel—no matter which area of IT you choose—is to learn the right computer fundamentals. IT Essentials covers this as well as shares the career skills needed for entry-level IT jobs. You’ll enjoy working with Cisco Networking Academy advanced simulation tools and having multiple hands-on labs that hone your troubleshooting skills. No prerequisites or computer knowledge required.

You'll Learn These Core Skills:

  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot computers and mobile devices.
  • Identify common security threats like phishing and spoofing.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.
  • Prepare for CompTIA A+ Certification.
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Coursework

14 Chapters
Hand-on-Labs
Interactive Activities
Assessments
2 Practice Certification Exams
Final Exam

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Community

Once enrolled, you have access to student forums where you can ask questions and interact with instructors and peers. Connect & network with classmates and alumni through our Facebook or LinkedIn communities.

Certificate of completion

Get a certificate of completion when you complete the course. Then add your coursework to LinkedIn so that hiring recruiters can find you for potential job opportunities.

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Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Self-paced courses are designed to take at your own pace, at any point in your career journey. For 20 years, Cisco Networking Academy has changed the lives of 12.7 million students in 180 countries by providing education, technical training, and career mentorship.