Network Science Certification Program 

Level 1 - Network Fundamentals

The courses in this area make up the NetSci Level 1 Network Fundamentals Certification.  If you did not test out of the areas in this certification track, you can sign up for classes associated with each area.  There are four classes focused on Wire based technology, and four classes on Wireless technology.

Successfully passing the tests associated with each of these courses constitutes certification.  

Students must complete the Initial Network Skills Assessment (INSA) Tests prior to entering the courses.  To do this go back to the main Certification Program page.

Please take these courses in the order they are shown below.  If you tested out of a course, simply skip that course.  

You will have 30 days access from your registration date to complete the course. 

Entry into each course requires either an enrollment key that was provided to you by your program administrator at your company or payment now using Paypal.  You will be prompted for one of these methods when entering the courses.

This course is an introduction to Data Networking principles and concepts.  From understanding the layered model of communications and how TCP/IP fits that model, to understanding how TCP/IP packets are forwarded through the network.  These basics are essential comprehension as to how the Internet and Ethernet technologies work together.

This course is an introduction to to Ethernet principles and concepts.  From understanding the structure of Ethernet Frames, to understanding how Ethernet behaves, this course provides a solid understanding of Ethernet fundamentals.  

This course provides the essential knowledge and skills in handling IPv4 Addressing.  Anyone working with the Internet has to understand the IPv4 Addressing schema, and the history of addressing changes that shape the way we use IPv4 in networks.  From Classful, to Classless, Subnetting and Supernetting, the IPv4 addressing schema can be complex, but in this course we will provide you the tools and skills to quickly conquer this technology so you can put it to use in your daily activities.

This Wireshark 101 course is a fast start to using Wireshark for packet analysis.  Basic configuration and customization of capturing, displaying and environment is covered.

The concepts learned in this course provide students with a basis for understanding all wireless networks, including Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G mobile networks.

If you are a technical person that works for a company that competes with the cellular providers, this course will help you understand the competition.  If your company provides cellular services, you will benefit from understanding those technologies.  This course takes the student through the evolution and technologies of cellular mobile networks.

This course describes how a client connects to a Wi-Fi Access Point and sends data. It discusses mechanisms for avoiding collisions in a shared spectrum, for conserving battery power of mobile devices, and for attaining data rates over 1 Gb/s

This course focuses on the getting the Wi-Fi network up and functioning. It takes you through the key steps in planning the deployment, selecting the frequency channel, and understanding the implications of the default configuration settings. This course will use various APs to demonstrate configurable Wi-Fi features and capabilities.