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 Thursday, December 8, 2016 and close on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Register on this page - but please login first to view the 2017 CCNA, CCENT, IT Essentials and Practice Site competition links.

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 Things (IoT) 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 self-select the one or two competitions they choose to participate in based on eligibility requirements. They must meet all eligibility requirements for the level or levels they select. If they do not meet eligibility, they will be disqualified. See more on eligibility at the bottom of this page.

This region is for Cisco Networking Academy students who are taking or have recently completed a CCNA or IT Essentials course at a Cisco Networking Academy in one of the following countries.

  • USA including Dept. of Defense offshore academies
  • Canada
  • Guam
  • American Samoa

If you do not see your country in the list above, you may need to check a different region or your country may not be participating in NetRiders this year.

NetRiders CCNA Competition 2017

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 while Round 1 is not proctored, proctoring is required in Round 2 by a Cisco Networking Academy instructor. 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 where they will present and answer questions before a panel of judges.

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.

CCNA SCHEDULE

Registration

December 8 - February 22, 2017

Practice Site is open to test the following:

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

ROUND ONE: Qualifier

Thursday, March 2, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST
  • Two virtual exams - 60 minutes each
  • Top five students per academy advance (must have minimum 60% score)

ROUND TWO: 2nd Qualifier

Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Times to be scheduled

NetRiders CCENT Competition 2017

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 while Round 1 is not proctored, proctoring is required in Round 2 by a Cisco Networking Academy instructor. 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.

CCENT SCHEDULE

Registration

December 8 - February 22, 2017

Practice Site is open to test the following:

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

ROUND ONE: Qualifier

Thursday, March 2, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST
  • Two virtual exams one 60 minutes and one 30 minutes
  • Top five students per academy advance (must have minimum 60% score)

ROUND TWO: Finals

Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT

NetRiders IT Essentials Competition 2017

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 while Round 1 is not proctored, proctoring is required in Round 2 by a Cisco Networking Academy instructor. 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.

IT ESSENTIALS SCHEDULE

Registration

December 8 - February 22, 2017

Practice Site is open to test the following:

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

ROUND ONE: Qualifier

Thursday, March 2, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST
  • One virtual exam - 60 minutes
  • Top five students per academy advance (must have minimum 60% score)

ROUND TWO: Finals

Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 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 not compete in both CCNA and CCENT competitions in a calendar year
  • Students may only compete in CCNA and CCENT two times and in 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. Please see the Rules for each competition for more information on the prizes.