Free Teacher Training

Different ITC's (Instructor Training Centres) offer a variety of free teacher (Instructor in Cisco terminology) training opportunities. Courses listed here should not be considered as an endorsement by Cisco UKI and are offered 'as is' for your consideration. You must also be aware that the same ITC's listed on this page, as well as other ITC's also offered 'paid for' options under different terms and conditions.

For these training options, you must directly contact the ITC, which can be located via the button to the right hand side.

Free courses

Offered by OU, UCEN:Manchester, ARU, BCU, TU:Dublin, GCal and UWTSD

The Open University (OU), UCEN Manchester Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Glasgow Caledonian University (GCal), Birmingham City University (BCU), Technological University Dublin (TU:Dublin) and the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) formed an informal academic collaboration, based on long established free instructor/teacher training courses offered by the Open University.

The model is simple: three times an academic year, September, January and May, they will promote free courses that will commence during October, February and June. Each of these courses are 100% remote, instructor led, scalable, hybrid MOOC's (Massive Open Online Courses). Once you enrol, you are committed to commence (they will not remove you), however you are not required to complete (if you lack the time).

Within each course, you will see prominently displayed study instructions and guidance, as well as the terms and conditions for completion. This includes proctoring of the final assessment, grades that must be accomplished, number of modules (chapters) that must be completed, the locally required skills based assessment as well as the expected passing grade.

Enrolment has now opened for our February 2023 presentation!

Next opportunity, commencing Febuary 2023

Click on any of the links below to enrol and enter the waiting room!

We do not accept late applications.

Terms and conditions of enrolment:

  1. Enrolment deadline is 09:00 UK time on the 31st of January 2023.

    • The course ends on the 30th of June 2023

    • We do not accept late enrolments

    • We do not complete anyone early on any course for any reason

  2. You are enrolling as an educator to receive Cisco accreditation. You accept that digital badges and certificates of completion are not being offered.

  3. Your purpose for participating in this training, is to utilise Cisco accreditation and credentialing, to teach any of these courses via NetAcad.

  4. If you are already enrolled elsewhere, the OU Cisco team and collaborating colleagues WILL NOT remove you from this enrolment

  5. By enrolling, you acknowledge that this is a 100% remote, 100% self-supporting experience

  6. You will follow the completion requirements described within each course - it is your responsibility to read these with care

  7. You acknowledge that by enrolling on any of these course, you will not consider yourself to be a formal student of any organisation supporting this programme, including the Open University

  8. You must already have instructor status at an established Cisco Academy

  9. You will not request additional special dispensation, as it will not be offered

  10. You will not pester the team, at risk of being removed

These courses are the collaborative efforts of the OU, ARU, UCEN: Manchester, GCal BCU, UWTSD, TU:Dublin and Cisco UKI. currently there is no external funding supporting this outreach.

Why is there no CCNP Enterprise Free Cisco Instructor Training?

The technical skills, equipment and teaching resource required to complete the CCNP instructor training places this in a different domain, where offering it for free isn't feasible. The collective view of all collaborating organisations, considers this to be one area where if an academy or a Cisco Instructor is willing and capable, they should consider exploring paid for options.

If you are interested, the Open University offers a postgraduate certificate in advanced networking, where any Cisco Instructor successfully completing at 70% or greater and passing the module assessment, will be accredited as a ENCOR and ENARSI instructor.