Cisco U. Essentials

With the Cisco U. Essentials package you get 1 year access to selected Cisco courses aimed at the beginner / Associate level, including hands-on labs and assessments.


  • Earn Continuing Education credits towards recertification
  • Take certification prep courses with video lectures and lab exercises
  • Prepare to deploy new technology with the latest product offering
  • Bring your new team members up to speed fast on a wide range of technologies
  • Keep your training on track anytime

Cisco U. provides

  • Goal-based learning paths designed to guide learners toward certifications, help them earn badges, and allow them to track their progress; role-based paths build specific skill sets, provide faster completion times, and reduce repetitive learning
  • Solution-based learning is crafted around Cisco and adjacent technologies to form comprehensive learning paths, including security analyst, network automation, and hybrid cloud content 
  • Project-based learning enables topic-specific training, ensuring everyone starts a project with the same foundational knowledge set
  • AI-driven recommendations and machine learning (ML) personalization options get more refined the more learners use Cisco U.


  • Learn-on-the-go podcasts, videos, tutorials and modular courses
  • Understanding Cisco Network Automation Essentials Learning Path
  • IT Domain Fundamentals Learning Paths
  • Network Protocol Learning Paths
  • Cisco Product Learning Paths
  • Cisco Solution Learning Paths
  • Cisco Certification Learning Paths
  • Cisco-Adjacent Technology Training (Skillsoft, 3rd party)
  • Professional and soft-skills development (Skillsoft, 3rd party)


  • Personal Skills Management
  • Training Recommendation Engine
  • Progress Tracker
  • Digital Badge Management via Credly
  • Technical Skills Assessments
  • Self-Paced Hands-on-Labs
  • Links toTechnical and Certification Digital Communities
  • Continuing Education Credits

Content Level

  • Beginner
  • Associate

Learning Paths Cisco

  • Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers (BGP)
  • Implementing & Administrating Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
  • Understanding Cisco Cybersecurity Operations Fundamentals (CBROPS)
  • Understanding Cisco Hybrid Cloud Fundamentals (CLDHCF)
  • Developing Applications and Automating Workflows Using Cisco Core Platforms (DEVASC)
  • Leveraging Cisco Intent-Based Networking DNA Assurance (DNAAS)
  • Engineering Cisco Meraki Solutions (ECMS) 
  • Transforming to a Cisco Intent-Based Network (IBNTRN)
  • Implementing Cisco Multicast (MCAST)
  • Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS)
  • Programming for Network Engineer (PRNE)
  • Understanding Cisco SDA Foundations (SDAFND)
  • Cisco SD-WAN Fundamentals (SDWFND)
  • Security Operations Analyst Level 1 (SOCAL)
  • Understanding Cisco Service Provider Network Foundations (SPFNDU)
  • Cisco Service Provider 5G Technologies Foundations (SPMBL100)
  • Understanding Cisco Wireless Foundations (WLFNDU)

Learning Paths - Adjacent Technologies

You will also get access to content on the following technologies:

  • Agile for Software Development (Skillsoft)
  • AWS Fundamentals (AWS)
  • Cloud Computing for Decision Makers and Leaders (Skillsoft)
  • Data for Decision-makers and Leaders (Skillsoft)
  • Docker and Kubernetes Fundamentals (Skillsoft)
  • Google Cloud Fundamentals (Skillsoft)
  • Security Essentials for Decision-makers and Leaders (Skillsoft)


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