Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is a workforce development program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Networking Academy delivers classroom instruction, online teaching materials, interactive tools and hands on learning to students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Cisco Networking Academy






NIIT Foundation

AHFPartnered with CISCO to bring you the Cisco Networking Academy Programs

AHF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CISCO to bring the benefits of digital technology in Students.

CISCO Networking Academy Program is the only flagship CISCO Global CSR program been executed across World. Cisco Networking Academy transforms the lives of learners, educators and communities through the power of technology, education and career opportunities. Available to anyone, anywhere.

Cisco Networking Academy provide access to industry-relevant curriculum and content in areas of Networking, Cyber Security, Programming, IoT, Programmable Infrastructure, Linux and General IT are available at zero cost to institutions and students.

NIIT FOUNDATION is an authorized Academy Support Center and Instructor Training Center. In this Collaboration NIIT Foundation, support AHFto implement the CISCO NetAcad courses to the student’s community.

The purpose of this cooperation 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.

Self-Learning Courses

Whether you’re searching for your passion or wanting to embark on a hybrid career, AHFoffers CISCO NetAcad courses that cater to different experiences. Sign up for these Self Learning programs and allow yourself time to explore.

Programming Courses

Cybersecurity Essentials

A single breach can have huge consequences for a company’s ability to function, hurting the bottom line and causing disruption in the daily lives of millions of people. This is why the demand for security professionals continues to grow. Get onboard—and develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks.Then decide whether you want to pursue an entry-level networking or security professional role. Recommended if you plan to study for CCNA or CyberOps Associate Certifications. 

Networking Essentials

Networking is at the heart of the digital transformation. The network is essential to many business functions today, including business critical data and operations, cybersecurity, and so much more. A wide variety of career paths rely on the network — so it’s important to understand what the network can do, how it operates, and how to protect it.

This is a great course for developers, data scientists, cybersecurity specialists, and other professionals looking to broaden their networking domain knowledge. It’s also an excellent launching point for students pursuing a wide range of career pathways – from cybersecurity to software development to business and more. A Networking Academy digital badge is available for the instructor-led version of this course. No prerequisites required.


PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python

The language for IoT”. How great would it be to write your own computer program? Or, design a web or desktop application that millions of people could enjoy? Both are a possibility if you learn how to code in Python. Python is the very versatile, object-oriented programming language used by startups and tech giants, Google, Facebook, Drop box and IBM. Python is also recommended for aspiring young developers who are interested in pursuing careers in Security, Networking and Internet-of-Things. Once you complete this course, you are ready to take the PCAP – Certified Associate in Python programming.


NDG Linux Essentials

As one of the most successful open source collaborations, Linux has evolved into the most reliable operating system on the planet. It’s used for embedded systems to virtually all supercomputers for a good reason. Nearly every IT job requires some Linux knowledge. NDG Linux Essentials quickly builds your Linux knowledge and prepares you for the LPI Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC), your proof to employers that you know Linux! Many concepts in this course are covered at a more demanding pace in NDG Linux I. No prerequisites required for this course.


Introduction to Cyber Security

Computer security, cybersecurity or information technology security is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.


Introduction to Internet of Things

The Internet of things is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. 


Introduction to Packet Tracer

Enroll, download and start learning valuable tips and best practices for using Cisco’s innovative simulation tool, Packet Tracer. This self-paced course is designed for beginners with no prior networking knowledge. It teaches basic operations of the tool with multiple hands-on activities helping you to visualize a network using everyday examples, including Internet of Things (IoT). Introductory course is extremely helpful for anyone who plans to take one of the Networking Academy courses which utilizes the powerful simulation tool.


Still, if you have any questions or concerns about the above programs. Do not hesitate and write your query to netacad@niitfoundation.org. Our team will connect you accordingly. 

Courses Offered

To start learning, enroll in any of the following courses by going to the course webpages linked alongside.

Programming Courses

Programming Essentials in Python

Through this course, you will learn to write, debug, and run programs in the Python language. The course begins with the very basics, guiding you step by step until you become adept at solving more complex problems and programs.

Programming Essentials in C

Fundamentals of programming using C language are explored in this course. It is apt for entry-level programming opportunities and aligns with CLA (C Programming Language Certified Associate Certification).


Advanced Programming in C

This course allows the learner to accomplish intermediate to advanced coding tasks such as C handing variable numbers of parameters, low level IO, memory, strings, network sockets, etc.

Programming Essentials in C++

This is a beginner course introducing the basics of programming in the C++ language and the fundamental notions and techniques used in object-oriented programming.

Advanced Programming in C++

The second course in 2-course series as you learn C++.You’ll work with templates and the Standard Template Library, read and understand template functions and classes, and properly use template classes and methods including third-party templates.

Internet of Things

Introduction to IoT

This course introduces you to the world of Internet of Things and how it enables Digital Transformation along with emerging technologies such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity.

IoT Fundamentals : Big Data and Analytics

Students will learn how to use Python data libraries to create a pipeline to acquire, transform and visualise data collected from IoT sensors and machines.

IoT Fundamentals: IoT Security

After completing the course will be able to perform vulnerability and risk assessments. They will learn practical tools for evaluating security vulnerabilities in IoT solutions, perform threat modeling, strategies for common security threats in IoT.




Entrepreneurship supplements the ICT skills gained in CCNA R & S curriculum by teaching business and financial skills , behaviours , and attitudes, to help students to develop entrepreneurial mindset.


Introduction to Cybersecurity

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores cyber trends, threats and staying safe in cyberspace, and protecting personal and company data.


Cybersecurity Essentials

Cybersecurity Essentials covers foundational knowledge and essential skills including information security, systems security, network security, ethics and laws, and defence and mitigation techniques used in protecting businesses.


Networking Essentials

Networking is at the heart of digital transformation. The network is essential to many business functions today and a wide variety of career paths rely on the network, Through this course, you can learn basic networking concepts and skills you can put to use right away, no previous networking knowledge needed.

Get Connected

A short course on the Internet teaching skills of basic communication and collaboration technologies. Through this course, students are taught to experiment with social networking sites. This course is apt for new IT users.


Operating Systems and IT

NDG Linux I

Students will develop proficiency in performing maintenance tasks on the command line, installing, configuring a computer running Linux. This course will prepare students for career Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Information Systems, Software Development.


NDG Linux II

This course allows students to wade into the shallow end of Linux, the back-end operating system used by global titans such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon and more.

partnering for Impact

Aspire For Her and Cisco Networking Academy aim to provide free access to a number of training courses in fields like Programming, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Entrepreneurship and Networking in order to facilitate upskilling of our future leaders in technology and gearing them up for great careers in these domains! These courses are self-paced and can be accessed from anywhere, at anytime, so that learning never stops! 

Aspire For Her and Cisco Networking Academy

What is Cisco NetAcad?

An incredible opportunity is waiting for you. Technology is changing the world by connecting billions of devices and improving how we live, work, play and treat our planet. No industry is immune. Are you ready to change your life, and possibly make the world a better place?

Cisco Networking Academy

Explore Learning Paths

Cisco Networking Academy offers five pathways for learning and identifying a career choice. Due to the nature of working in a technology field, broader skill sets and knowledge are always beneficial.

So start exploring – and mark your path today!

A Glimpse of the Experience

With the rapidly advancing tech industry, technology skills are becoming an essential prerequisite in almost all domains of work. In such a situation, equipping yourself with necessary and in-demand skills in fields like programming, networking, IoT, cybersecurity will surely help you stay up to date with the industry requirements.