CISCO Courses at Milton Keynes Libraries

Online courses provided by CISCO Networking Academy.

Milton Keynes Libraries offers courses to the public as a Centre of Digital Inclusion and as such strives to transform lives through technology.

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What are Cisco courses?

Since 1997, Cisco Networking Academy has been working toward a single goal: fostering the technical and entrepreneurial skills that people, educators, and companies need to change the world for the better.

Cisco online courses are self-paced and use the same curriculum taught in Networking Academy classrooms around the world.

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What courses are available?

Operating System and IT Courses - Whether you're a novice to the digital world or an aspiring SysAdmin or programmer, these courses will propel you forward.

Internet of Things (IoT) - An extremely hot area of technology right now, with new companies, products and opportunities springing up all over the world to take advantage of it. Join the transformation and improve outcomes in any industry by connecting devices and analyzing data to find patterns.

Security Courses - Cybersecurity professionals who can protect and defend an organization's network are in high-demand right now. Put your detective-like qualities to work by gaining knowledge toward a career in fighting cybercrime.

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How do I start a course?

Each course has a 'Start the Course' button which will take you to the enrolment screen. Enter your details to create a Cisco account and begin the course.

Get Connected

Learn basic computer skills such as social media, Internet navigation and simple networking. (Beginners - 30 hours)


The digital world is upon us both personally and professionally. Having a better understanding of the Internet, computers and social media can be a big help toward acquiring digital skills. Once you have these skills there are many more possibilities opened to you as far as career advancement.

Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media. Enjoy course content that is very user-friendly and interactive with lots of illustrations! No previous knowledge is needed for this introductory course.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Create accounts for Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
  • Understand computer networking and how to browse and search the Internet.
  • Become familiar with Microsoft Windows and how to work with files and folders.
  • Identify common problems and implement solutions.

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Jump start your great ideas with a course designed to help you execute on them. (Intermediate - 15 hours)


It takes more than a single great idea to become a successful entrepreneur. The winding road between idea and execution requires business acumen, financial skills, and most importantly the right mind-set. This knowledge can not only set you apart, but set up your technology venture for greater success.

So, why not benefit from a course that’s made for you, jump-starting your ideas, and arming you with the right skills to take the next step with more self-confidence. No prerequisites required.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Increase your self-confidence and personal ambition.
  • Learn what it takes to start different kinds of businesses.
  • Improve leadership skills and financial literacy.
  • Become more customer-focussed.

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Introduction to Packet Tracer

Enroll to download your free copy of Packet Tracer and learn basic skills with the tool. (Beginners - 10 hours)


Enrol, 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.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Simulate data interactions travelling through a network.
  • Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
  • Visualize the network in both logical and physical modes.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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NDG Linux Unhatched

The "start from scratch" Linux course. A quick intro to the popular operating system. (Beginners - 8 hours)


Ever considered a career in Linux? Or, stuck in a dead-end job and exploring options for a career change? NDG Linux Unhatched 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.

Graduates walk away with a clear understanding of whether Linux is for them or not, without having to commit to more than 8 total hours of self-paced learning. To ensure you don’t get stuck, you’ll be guided step-by-step through a series of hands-on virtual machine activities.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Basic installation and configuration of Linux software.
  • Understand the basics of the Linux command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Interact with, and become familiar with the Linux virtual machine.
  • Determine if Linux is for you or not.

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NDG Linux Essentials

Build upon your existing Linux skills and prepare for certification. (Intermediate - 70 hours)


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. No prerequisites required for this course.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Acquire open source concepts and progressively master Linux commands.
  • Understand how Linux is used and the basics of its command line.
  • Become skilled at using the Linux virtual machine for experiments.
  • Prepare for LPI Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC).

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Introduction to IoT (Internet of Things)

Start your IoT learning journey here. No experience required. (Beginners - 20 hours)


Those who invest in learning IoT (Internet of Things) skills can help transform any business in any industry, from manufacturing to saving endangered species.

The combination of increased global Internet access and a growing number of devices designed to connect is creating endless opportunities. Imagine 26 billion people, systems, and physical objects connecting and sharing data seamlessly over the internet by the year 2020. This isn't a what-if scenario, it's real-life and it’s coming together all around us right now. Learn how the Internet of Things is changing the world and the skills needed to get a well-paying job. Take your first step now!

Skills you'll learn:

  • Learn how the current digital transformation is creating unprecedented economic opportunity.
  • Understand how the IoT is bridging the gap between operational and information technology systems.
  • Discover how standard business processes are being transformed.
  • The security concerns that must be considered when implementing IoT solutions.

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Introduction to Cybersecurity

The introductory course for those who want to explore the world of cybersecurity. (Beginners - 15 hours)


Today’s interconnected world makes everyone more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Whether you’re attracted to the relativity new world of cybersecurity as a professional, or just interested in protecting yourself online and in social media, this introductory course is the answer.

The course explores cyber trends, threats—along with the broader topic of cybersecurity in a way that will matter to YOU. For instance, you’ll learn how to protect your personal privacy online while gaining additional insight on the challenges companies, and governmental and educational institutions face today. No prerequisites required.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Learn what cybersecurity is and how it could affect you.
  • Understand the most common threats, attacks and vulnerabilities.
  • Gain insights for how businesses protect their operations from attacks.
  • Find the latest job trends and why cybersecurity continues to grow.

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Cybersecurity Essentials

For those planning to study for CCNA Routing & Switching or CCNA Security certifications. (Intermediate - 30 hours)


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 role professionally. Recommended for students planning to study for the Cisco CCNA R&S, CCNA Cyber Ops or Cisco CCNA Security Certifications. Prerequisite Introduction to Cybersecurity or equivalent knowledge recommended.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Understand security controls for networks, servers and applications.
  • Learn valuable security principals and how to develop compliant policies.
  • Implement proper procedures for data confidentiality and availability.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.

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Last Updated: 19 January 2021