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Network Specialist

To become a Network Specialist, you need the right education. But employers don’t necessarily look for Degree-level qualifications anymore. Most employers prefer a technical certification as it’s direct proof of your knowledge and suitability to do the job you’re applying for.

Career specific training here is key. Yes, employers will expect to see your knowledge of LANs, WANs and other networking systems alongside your expertise with routers and switches. They’ll also look for personal attributes too - if you have the ability to analyse and problem solve, have good communication skills and can describe technical terms in non-technical ways, you’ll stand in good stead.

What Does It Mean to Be a Network Specialist?

As a Network Specialist, you’re the main port of call when it comes to the integrity and security of a company’s network and the systems connected to it. Your knowledge of network connectivity, network security devices, network types and common OSs will be second-to-none.

Your role will see you responsible for troubleshooting, diagnosing and actioning repairs and identifying ways of streamlining processes. As your career progresses, you could see yourself responsible for monitoring security threats and network access. 

That’s the benefit of a career as a Network Specialist – you’re indulging your passion for tech with a clearly defined career. Your earning potential is incredible - we’re talking an average starting salary being £20k, with advanced roles anywhere up to £46k.
 

How Do I Qualify as a Network Specialist?

There’s no simple fix for becoming a Network Specialist – you’ll need to put in the work to build up your knowledge. There’s no point spending time and money getting a certificate that’s of no benefit to your career. You’ll need to get a professional certification that’s geared towards your career path – think of qualifications for specific vendors that will boost your career like Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco.

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Intermediate Network Specialist Course

As part of this unit, you’ll build an understanding of network infrastructures, network hardware and protocols & services. 

Units:

  1. Understanding Local Area Networking
  2. Defining Networks with the OSI Mode
  3. Understanding the Wired and Wireless Network
  4. Understanding Internet Protocol
  5. Implementing TCP/IP in the Command Line
  6. Working with Networking Services
  7. Understanding Wide Area Networks
  8. Defining Network Infrastructures and Network Security

Gain thorough knowledge of an introduction to networks, networking topologies, connectors and wiring standards, IP addressing and IP subnetting, wide area networks.

Units:

  1. Network Theory: Networking Overview, Network Standards and the OSI Model Network Types, Identify Network Configurations, Data Transmission Methods
  2. Bounded Network Media: Copper Media Fiber Optic Media, Bounded Network Media Installation, Noise Control
  3. Unbounded Network Media: Wireless Networking, Wireless Network Devices And Components, Install a Wireless Network
  4. Network Implementations: Physical Network Topologies, Logical Network Topologies, Ethernet Networks, Network Devices VLANS
  5. TCP/IP Addressing and Data Delivery: The TCP/IP Protocol Suite, IPV4 Addressing, Default IP Addressing Schemes, Create Custom IP Addressing Schemes, IPV6 Address Implementation, Delivery Techniques
  6. Routing: Enable Static Routing, Implement Dynamic IP Routing
  7. TCP/IP Services: Assign IP Addresses, Domain Naming Services, TCP/IP Commands, Common TCP/IP Protocols
  8. WAN Infrastructure: WAN Basics, WAN Connectivity Methods, WAN Transmission Technologies, Unified Communication Technologies
  9. Cloud and Virtualization Technologies: Virtualizations and Implementations, Cloud Computing
  10. Network Security Basics: Introduction to Network Security Vulnerabilities, Threats And Attacks, Authentication Methods, Encryption Methods
  11. Preventing Security Breaches: Physical Security Controls, Network Access Controls, Install and Configure Firewalls, Harden Networks, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Educate Users
  12. Responding To Security Incidents: Incident Management and Response, Basic Forensic Concepts
  13. Remote Networking: Remote Network Architectures, Remote Access Networking Implementations, Virtual Private Networking, VPN Protocols
  14. Network Management: Network Monitoring Configuration Management, Documentation Network Performance Optimization
  15. Troubleshooting Network Issues: Network Troubleshooting Models, Network Troubleshooting Utilities, Hardware Troubleshooting Tools, Common Connectivity Issues, Troubleshoot Security Configuration Issues, Troubleshoot Security Issues
  16. Appendix: Appendix A: Mapping Course Content To The Comptia Network+ Exam, Appendix B: Network Fault Tolerance And Disaster Recovery, Appendix C: Planning And Implementing a Soho Network, Appendix D: Legend For Icons Used In Network+ Figures

Course Comparison

Units

  Intermediate  
  Professional  
Microsoft Networking Fundamentals MTA
CompTIA Network+
Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
CompTIA Linux+

Professional Network Specialist Course

As part of this unit, you’ll build an understanding of network infrastructures, network hardware and protocols & services. 

Units:

  1. Understanding Local Area Networking
  2. Defining Networks with the OSI Mode
  3. Understanding the Wired and Wireless Network
  4. Understanding Internet Protocol
  5. Implementing TCP/IP in the Command Line
  6. Working with Networking Services
  7. Understanding Wide Area Networks
  8. Defining Network Infrastructures and Network Security

Gain thorough knowledge of an introduction to networks, networking topologies, connectors and wiring standards, IP addressing and IP subnetting, wide area networks.

Units:

  1. Network Theory: Networking Overview, Network Standards and the OSI Model Network Types, Identify Network Configurations, Data Transmission Methods
  2. Bounded Network Media: Copper Media Fiber Optic Media, Bounded Network Media Installation, Noise Control
  3. Unbounded Network Media: Wireless Networking, Wireless Network Devices And Components, Install a Wireless Network
  4. Network Implementations: Physical Network Topologies, Logical Network Topologies, Ethernet Networks, Network Devices VLANS
  5. TCP/IP Addressing and Data Delivery: The TCP/IP Protocol Suite, IPV4 Addressing, Default IP Addressing Schemes, Create Custom IP Addressing
    Schemes, IPV6 Address Implementation, Delivery Techniques
  6. Routing: Enable Static Routing, Implement Dynamic IP Routing
  7. TCP/IP Services: Assign IP Addresses, Domain Naming Services, TCP/IP Commands, Common TCP/IP Protocols
  8. WAN Infrastructure: WAN Basics, WAN Connectivity Methods, WAN Transmission Technologies, Unified CommunicationTechnologies
  9. Cloud and Virtualization Technologies: Virtualizations and Implementations, Cloud Computing
  10. Network Security Basics: Introduction to Network Security Vulnerabilities, Threats And Attacks, Authentication Methods, Encryption Methods
  11. Preventing Security Breaches: Physical Security Controls, Network Access Controls, Install and Configure Firewalls, Harden Networks, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Educate Users
  12. Responding To Security Incidents: Incident Management and Response, Basic Forensic Concepts
  13. Remote Networking: Remote Network Architectures, Remote Access Networking Implementations, Virtual Private Networking, VPN Protocols
  14. Network Management: Network Monitoring Configuration Management, Documentation Network Performance Optimization
  15. Troubleshooting Network Issues: Network Troubleshooting Models, Network Troubleshooting Utilities, Hardware Troubleshooting Tools, Common  Connectivity Issues, Troubleshoot Security Configuration Issues, Troubleshoot Security Issues
  16. Appendix: Appendix A: Mapping Course Content To The Comptia Network+ Exam, Appendix B: Network Fault Tolerance And Disaster Recovery, Appendix C: Planning And Implementing a Soho Network, Appendix D: Legend For Icons Used In Network+ Figures

Develop your knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals with the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA - 200-301) exam. Learn about network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, and automation and programmability.

1. Network Fundamentals

2. Network Access

3. IP Connectivity

4. IP Services

5. Security Fundamentals

6. Automation and Programmability

CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career system administrator supporting Linux systems. CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking.
  • Preparing Your Environment
  • Sifting Through Services
  • Managing Files, Directories, and Text
  • Searching and Analyzing Text
  • Explaining the Boot Process
  • Maintaining System Startup and Services
  • Configuring Network Connections
  • Comparing GUIs
  • Adjusting Localization Options
  • Administering Users and Groups
  • Handling Storage
  • Protecting Files
  • Governing Software
  • Tending Kernel Modules
  • Applying Ownership and Permissions
  • Looking at Access and Authentication Methods
  • Implementing Logging Services
  • Overseeing Linux Firewalls
  • Embracing Best Security Practices
  • Analyzing System Properties and Remediation
  • Optimizing Performance
  • Investigating User Issues
  • Dealing with Linux Devices
  • Troubleshooting Application and Hardware Issues
  • Deploying Bash Scripts
  • Automating Jobs
  • Controlling Versions with Git
  • Understanding Cloud and Virtualization Concepts
  • Inspecting Cloud and Virtualization Services
  • Orchestrating the Environment

What Do I Need to Know About the Network Specialist Course?

Get started in your new career as a Network Specialist in as little as 3 months and find flexibility with online learning. Learn at your own pace, with access to full tutor support throughout your course.

Graduate with certificates in Microsoft Networking MTA and CompTIA Network+. Plus, if you choose to upgrade your learning to our Professional Network Specialist course, benefit from addition certificates in Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions and Linux+.

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