Cisco Networking Academy Contest Site

NetRiders: United States and Canada

Overview

Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders IT skills competitions are a great opportunity for students and alumni in the United States and Canada to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable new IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing ICT and networking field.

Registration will open on Monday, February 16 and close on Friday, March 20

In 2015, we are making some changes to our NetRiders program. We will be running 3 levels of competition in the United States and Canada. At all three levels, the majority of the questions deal with technical skills but there will be some questions about Internet of Everything (IoE) and soft skills.

  • CCNA - geared toward CCNA certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 3rd or 4th CCNA course
  • CCENT - geared toward CCENT certifications and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the 1st or 2nd CCNA course
  • IT Essentials - geared toward the IT Essentials course and open to students currently enrolled in or recently completed the IT Essentials course

Competitors can register for one NetRiders competition during the open registration period and self-select the competition they choose to participate in based on eligibility requirements.

NetRiders CCNA Competition 2015

Rules | FAQs

NetRiders CCNA competition is open to any Cisco Networking Academy student who is currently or was recently enrolled (within ten months from the opening of registration) in one of the third or fourth CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery, or CCNA Exploration courses. The competition is held in three rounds and students participate as individuals. The first two rounds are open on a specific date and time and are not proctored. It is the student's responsibility to login to the NetRiders website and compete during the designated round times. At that time, students may select to take the exams in either English or French, but not both languages. The third round requires the competitor to join a Cisco WebEx session and be on video camera.

The content is geared toward CCNA certifications, which covers content from all four CCNA Routing and Switching courses. See schedule below for dates and details or check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

To register, during the Registration period, you will need an enrolment key which you may get reading the FAQs or from your Cisco Networking Academy Instructor. You may only enroll in one competition in a calendar year.

CCNA SCHEDULE

Registration

Feb 16 - Mar 20, 2015

Practice Site is open to test the following:

  • Firewall and proxy settings
  • Image viewing
  • Packet Tracer file downloading

ROUND ONE: Qualifier

Thursday, April 9, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • Two virtual exams - 60 minutes each
  • Top five students per academy advance (must have minimum 60% score)

ROUND TWO: 2nd Qualifier

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • Two virtual exams - one 60 minutes and one 90 minutes
  • Top twenty students advance (must have minimum 70% score)

ROUND THREE: Finals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Times to be scheduled

NetRiders CCENT Competition 2015

Rules | FAQs

NetRiders CCENT competition is open to any Cisco Networking Academy student who is currently or was recently enrolled (within ten months from the opening of registration) in one of the first two CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery, or CCNA Exploration courses. The competition is held in two rounds and students participate as individuals. The two rounds are open on a specific date and time and are not proctored. It is the student's responsibility to login to the NetRiders website and compete during the designated round times. At that time, students may select to take the exams in either English or French, but not both languages.

The content is geared toward CCENT certification, which aligns directly with first two CCNA Routing and Switching courses. If you are enrolled in the first two CCNA Discovery or CCNA Exploration courses and have content concerns or questions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information. See schedule below for dates and details.

To register during the Registration period you will need an enrolment key which you may get reading the FAQs or from your Cisco Networking Academy Instructor. You may only enroll in one competition in a calendar year.

CCENT SCHEDULE

Registration

Feb 16 - Mar 20, 2015

Practice Site is open to test the following:

  • Firewall and proxy settings
  • Image viewing
  • Packet Tracer file downloading

ROUND ONE: Qualifier

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Two virtual exams one 60 minutes and one 30 minutes
  • Top five students per academy advance (must have minimum 60% score)

ROUND TWO: Finals

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT

NetRiders IT Essentials Competition 2015

Rules | FAQs

NetRiders IT Essentials competition is open to any Cisco Networking Academy student who is currently or was recently enrolled (within ten months from the opening of registration) in an IT Essentials courses. The competition is held in two rounds and students participate as individuals. The two rounds are open on a specific date and time and are not proctored. It is the student's responsibility to login to the NetRiders website and compete during the designated round times. At that time, students may select to take the exams in either English or French, but not both languages.

The content is geared toward the IT Essentials course. See schedule below for dates and details or check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

To register during the Registration period you will need an enrolment key which you may get reading the FAQs or from your Cisco Networking Academy Instructor. You may only enroll in one competition in a calendar year.

IT ESSENTIALS SCHEDULE

Registration

Feb 16 - Mar 20, 2015

Practice Site is open to test the following:

  • Firewall and proxy settings
  • Image viewing
  • Packet Tracer file downloading

ROUND ONE: Qualifier

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • One virtual exam - 60 minutes
  • Top five students per academy advance (must have minimum 60% score)

ROUND TWO: Finals

Thursday, April 30, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT

Eligibility Information

For all the eligibility requirements and rules of an individual competition, please download the Rules PDF and FAQ files for the competition you are interested in. A few things to note about competition eligibility:

  • Students must be currently or recently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration or IT Essentials course in the United States, Canada, or US Department of Defense academies (see individual Rules for each competition)
  • Students represent the Cisco Networking Academy and therefore the state or province where they are currently enrolled or most recently completed a CCNA or IT Essentials course
  • Students must live in the United States, Canada, Guam with the exception of students in US Department of Defense academies
  • Students may only compete in one competition (CCNA, CCENT, or IT Essentials) in a calendar year
  • Beginning with 2015, students may only compete in each level (CCNA, CCENT, and IT Essentials) one time so we recommend students are strategic in selecting the best year to compete in each level of competition based on courses enrolled in or recently completed and all other eligibility rules

It is the responsibility of the competitor to read and comply with all eligibility rules for the competition they decide to compete in this year. Failure to meet all eligibility requirements is cause for disqualification. We do the most extensive validation after Round One is complete which means that a student who enrolls in the wrong competition will not get the opportunity to try that competition again. Please carefully read the Rules and FAQs for the competitions to determine which is the best to enroll in this year.



Prizes

Prizes are awarded at the end of Round Two for CCENT and IT Essentials and at the end of Round Three for CCNA. The Study Trip Prize is only awarded to the top two scores in the CCNA competition. Please see the Rules for each competition for more information on the prizes.