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  and UWTSD

The Open University (OU) 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. 

We are now pausing until early 2024

We aim to reopen enrolment for the following early 2024 ... as this initiative is run by volunteers, with no income from any source. We often have other commitments that must take precedence.

We do not accept late applications.

Terms and conditions of enrolment for  intake:

These courses are the collaborative efforts of the OU and UWTSD.

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.