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Network+ Certification

Method of Instruction: Onsite or Online

Language: English

Course Duration: 42 Hours (7 Weeks of 6 Hours Each) Personal work and labs may attain 150 hours

Establishment: Cestar Collège, Campus Sherbrooke

Course Description

CompTIA Network+ (Exam N10-008) helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks.

CompTIA Network+ validates the technical skills needed to securely establish, maintain and troubleshoot the essential networks that businesses rely on.

Unlike other vendor-specific networking certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares candidates to support networks on any platform. CompTIA Network+ is the only certification that covers the specific skills that network professionals need. Other certifications are so broad, they don't cover the hands-on skills and precise knowledge needed in today's networking environments.

CompTIA Network+ features flexible training options including self-paced learning, live online training, custom training and labs to advance the career development of IT professionals in network administration.


What Skills Will You Learn?

Networking Fundamentals
Explain basic networking concepts including network services, physical connections, topologies and architecture, and cloud connectivity.
Network Implementations
Explain routing technologies and networking devices; deploy ethernet solutions and configure wireless technologies.
Network Operations
Monitor and optimize networks to ensure business continuity.
Network Security
Explain security concepts and network attacks in order to harden networks against threats.
Network Troubleshooting
Troubleshoot common cable, connectivity, and software issues related to networking.


Jobs that use Network+

Junior Network Administrator
Datacenter Support Technician
Network Engineer
System Administrator
NOC Technician
Telecommunications Technician
Cable Technician


Course Schedule and Duration

30 Hours - Beginner/Intermediate

Or Advanced Students can do the program at your own pace

Fall 2024

A detailed course outline will be provided at the beginning of class or upon request.

Method of Learning

A combination of online and onsite training tailored according to your needs to help you get the education you need at your own convenience

Course Prerequisites and Admission

You should meet the following criteria:

  • Basic understanding of computers
  • Usage of internet and search methods
  • Basic knowledge of computer networking
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Recommended CompTIA A+ or equivalent
  • Recommended up to 9 months of experience with computer networks.

Required Materials

A laptop or computer with internet access

Tech Requirements for Attending Cestar Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Cestar Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

Compare and contrast the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model layers and encapsulation concepts.
OSI model
Data encapsulation and decapsulation within the OSI model context
Explain the characteristics of network topologies and network types.
Network types and characteristics
Service-related entry point
Virtual network concepts
Provider links
Summarize the types of cables and connectors and explain which is the appropriate type for a solution.
Connector types
Cable management
Ethernet standards
Given a scenario, configure a subnet and use appropriate IP addressing schemes.
Public vs. private
IPv4 vs. IPv6
IPv4 subnetting
IPv6 concepts
Virtual IP (VIP)
Explain common ports and protocols, their application, and encrypted alternatives.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Secure Shell (SSH)
Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
Domain Name System (DNS)
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP)
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
Post Office Protocol v3 (POP3)
Network Time Protocol (NTP)
Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) [Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)]
HTTPS [Transport Layer Security (TLS)]
Server Message Block (SMB)
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (over SSL) (LDAPS)
POP3 over SSL
Structured Query Language (SQL) Server
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
IP protocol types
Connectionless vs. connection-oriented
Explain the use and purpose of network services.
Explain basic corporate and datacenter network architecture.
Software-defined networking
Spine and leaf
Traffic flows
Branch office vs. on-premises datacenter vs. colocation
Storage area networks
Summarize cloud concepts and connectivity options.
Deployment models
Service models
Infrastructure as code
Connectivity options
Security implications

Compare and contrast various devices, their features, and their appropriate placement on the network.
Networking devices
Networked devices
Compare and contrast routing technologies and bandwidth management concepts.
Bandwidth management
Given a scenario, configure and deploy common Ethernet switching features.
Data virtual local area network (VLAN)
Voice VLAN
Port configurations
Media access control (MAC) address tables
Power over Ethernet (PoE)/ Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+)
Spanning Tree Protocol
Carrier-sense multiple access with collision detection (CSMA/CD)
Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
Neighbor Discovery Protocol
Given a scenario, install and configure the appropriate wireless standards and technologies.
802.11 standards
Frequencies and range
Channel bonding
Service set identifier (SSID)
Antenna types
Encryption standards
Cellular technologies
Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)

Given a scenario, use the appropriate statistics and sensors to ensure network availability.
Performance metrics/sensors
Network device logs
Interface statistics/status
Interface errors or alerts
Environmental factors and sensors
NetFlow data
Explain the purpose of organizational documents and policies.
Plans and procedures
Hardening and security policies
Common documentation
Common agreements
Explain high availability and disaster recovery concepts and summarize which is the best solution.
Load balancing
Network interface card (NIC) teaming
Redundant hardware/clusters
Facilities and infrastructure support
Redundancy and high availability (HA) concepts
Network device backup/restore

Explain common security concepts.
Confidentiality, integrity, availability (CIA)
Least privilege
Role-based access
Zero Trust
Defense in depth
Authentication methods
Risk Management
Security information and event management (SIEM)
Compare and contrast common types of attacks.
Human and environmental
Given a scenario, apply network hardening techniques.
Best practices
Wireless security
IoT access considerations
Compare and contrast remote access methods and security implications.
Site-to-site VPN
Client-to-site VPN
Remote desktop connection
Remote desktop gateway
Virtual network computing (VNC)
Virtual desktop
Authentication and authorization considerations
In-band vs. out-of-band management
Explain the importance of physical security.
Detection methods
Prevention methods
Asset disposal

Explain the network troubleshooting methodology.
Identify the problem
Establish a theory of probable cause
Test the theory to determine the cause
Establish a plan of action to resolve the problem and identify potential effects
Implement the solution or escalate as necessary
Verify full system functionality and, if applicable, implement preventive measures
Document findings, actions, outcomes, and lessons learned
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common cable connectivity issues and select the appropriate tools.
Specifications and limitations

Cable considerations
Cable application
Common issues
Common tools
Given a scenario, use the appropriate network software tools and commands.
Software tools
Command line tool
Basic network platform commands
Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wireless connectivity issues.
Specifications and limitations
Common issues
Given a scenario, troubleshoot general networking issues.
Common issues


Nicola Stanojevic

After graduating from computer science in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nikola moved to Quebec, Canada to complete vocational studies for IT Expertise. He then took on a teacher assistant's role, and shortly after became a teacher himself. His skills revolve around computers in general, operating systems, system administration, network security and network architecture in addition to basic web development. On a more personal level, Nikola speaks 5 languages, he loves to travel a lot, enjoys producing music, and photography is one of his preferred hobbies.




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