DEVASC: Developing Applications and Automating Workflows using Cisco Platforms

This course will help you prepare for the Cisco® DevNet Associate certification and for associate-level network automation engineer roles. You will learn how to implement basic network applications using Cisco platforms as a base, and how to implement automation workflows across network, security, collaboration, and computing infrastructure. The course gives you hands-on experience solving real world problems using Cisco Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and modern development tools.

This course helps you prepare for the DevNet Associate (DEVASC) exam. By passing this exam, you earn the Cisco Certified DevNet Associate certification.

Important note about self study:

Please note this course is a combination of Instructor-Led and Self-Paced Study - 5 days in the classroom and approx 3 days of self study. The self-study content will be provided as part of the digital courseware that you recieve at the beginning of the course and should be part of your preparation for the exam.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Hands-on experience with a programming language (specifically Python)

Target Audience:

This course is designed for anyone who performs or seeks to perform a developer role and has one or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining applications that are built on top of Cisco platforms.

The course is appropriate for software developers, application developers, and network engineers who want to expand their skill base and validate their skills in programmability, software, and automation. It is also appropriate for students preparing for Cisco Certified DevNet Associate certification.

Course goals:

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of APIs and use of version control tools in modern software development
  • Describe common processes and practices used in software development
  • Describe options for organizing and constructing modular software
  • Describe HTTP concepts and how they apply to network-based APIs
    Apply Representational State Transfer (REST) concepts to integration with HTTP-based APIs
  • Describe Cisco platforms and their capabilities
  • Describe programmability features of different Cisco platforms
  • Describe basic networking concepts and interpret simple network topology
  • Describe interaction of applications with the network and tools used for troubleshooting issues
  • Apply concepts of model-driven programmability to automate common tasks with Python scripts
  • Identify common application deployment models and components in the development pipeline
  • Describe common security concerns and types of tests, and utilize containerization for local development
  • Utilize tools to automate infrastructure through scripting and model-driven programmability

Course content


Practicing Modern Software Development
Describing Software Development Process ( Self-Study)
Designing Software (Self-study)
Introducing Network-Based APIs
Consuming REST-Based APIs
Introducing Cisco Platforms and APIs (Self-study)
Employing Programmability on Cisco Platforms
Describing IP Networks (Self-Study)
Relating Network and Applications
Employing Model-Driven Programmability
Deploying Applications
Automating Infrastructure
Testing and Securing Applications


Parse API Data Formats with Python
Use Git for Version Control
Identify Software Architecture and Design Patterns on a Diagram
Implement Singleton Pattern and Abstraction-Based Method
Inspect HTTP Protocol Messages
Use Postman
Troubleshoot an HTTP Error Response
Utilize APIs with Python
Use the Cisco Controller APIs
Use the Cisco Webex Teams™ Collaboration API
Interpret a Basic Network Topology Diagram
Identify the Cause of Application Connectivity Issues
Perform Basic Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) Operations
Use Cisco Software Development Kit (SDK) and Python for Automation Scripting
Utilize Bash Commands for Local Development
Construct Infrastructure Automation Workflow
Construct a Python Unit Test
Interpret a Dockerfile
Utilize Docker Commands to Manage Local Developer Environment
Exploit Insufficient Parameter Sanitization


This training is recommended as preparation for exam 200-901: DevNet Associate which leads to the new Cisco Certified DevNet Associate certification.

The exam is NOT included in the course price. You may book your exam slot at Glasspaper`s test centres in either Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger or Trondheim or you can take the exam online proctored.