Duration: 3 to 5 months*
*Varies according to each candidate's experience and availability.
This schedule can also be customized to meet each candidate’s needs.
RAC for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is for people who have a significant amount of work or life experience with IT networking, and wish to have their skills officially recognized by a Quebec college. Cisco candidates generally have specific, specialized skills in the area of networking fundamentals, and wish to have their experience officially recognized. Often, they work in an IT field, but have significant experience with switches, routers, design infrastructures, and models. Usually, they work, or have been working in positions such as:
network administrator • network support technician • network operator • network support analyst • computer network technician • computer operations supervisor • data centre operator • digital computer operator • network controller • server administrator • system administrator • LAN (local area network) administrator • LAN manager • LAN operator • LAN technician • WAN administrator • WAN technician • Internet Web site technician • web technician • Web site administrator • computer master console operator (List based on the NOC 2011.)
Champlain’s RAC services can help those individuals obtain an AEC (Attestation d’études collégiales) by assessing their current competencies, and providing them with training for the ones they are lacking.
- I'm interested, but I don't have experience
Champlain College Saint-Lambert also offers the same CCNA AEC for people who have little to no relevant work or life experience. It takes approximately 9 months to complete, and can be pursued even with a full-time job.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate AEC (LEA.21) is made of 4 competencies. To receive your AEC, you will have to be evaluated for all competencies.
BJ3H Explain the fundamentals of networking and apply basic concepts and configurations pertinent to a small-to-medium-sized business. BJ4H Configure routers and switches for use in a small network. BJ5H Configure routers and switches utilizing advanced functionality for complex networks. BJ6H Apply appropriate design principals and configurations to communicate between networks.
1. Attend the Info Session
If you believe that you have skills and knowledge that are comparable to those listed in the competencies of one of the programs for which RAC services are offered at Champlain, please sign-up for an info-session to find out if RAC is the right option for you.
In our sign-up form, you may also choose to request a personalized assessment of your CV. One of our RAC advisors will then help you determine if the RAC process is right for you.
2. Apply to be Admitted to the College
After attending the info session, you will need to officially register as a candidate with the College and bring the necessary documents for your admission to the RAC process. A list of required documents is available on each service’s page, in the “Preparing your Application” section.
3. Apply to be Admitted to the RAC Process
Once admitted to the College, a RAC Advisor will review your file and analyze all your documents. If your experience is considered sufficient, your application for RAC will be accepted. Afterwards, you will be contacted by a RAC Advisor who will request that you complete the self-assessment forms.
4. Attend a Validation Interview
Once you have completed the self-assessment forms, a content specialist will review your forms. Afterwards, you will be asked to attend a validation interview during which the content specialist will review the self-assessment forms with you. During this interview, the specialist will make recommendations for each competency (ex: evaluation, partial training, attend a complete course).
5. Evaluation and Training
For your evaluations, you will be required to provide proof of your skills and knowledge (certificates, job description, employer letter, video, etc.) for each program competency. You will also need to complete evaluation activities or participate in an interview to earn recognition for the competencies.For the partial training, you will have the option to:
- Attend one of our seminars on a specific topic;
- Consult our free online resources;
- Attend group activities;
- Receive one-on-one training from one of our experts.
You will also have access to the College’s RAC website and to availability time of a content specialist. Upon request, you may also receive small group or individual training.
Once you have successfully completed all of the evaluations, you will receive your AEC or DEC.
How to Apply
1. Determine if RAC is For You
- Download the following practice labs to evaluate your ‘readiness’ for RAC-Cisco.
- After you’ve completed the exercises, simply request a personalized assessment.
2. Admission to RAC
Meet with a RAC advisor to submit your application documents
Once you have attended an information session and have decided to apply to the RAC program, you will need to meet with an advisor to discuss your candidacy and to submit your application documents. For a list of the required documents, please consult this checklist.
Complete your admissions exams
This particular RAC program requires the successful completion of certain admission exams. You will need to contact a RAC advisor and make an appointment to take these exams.
Complete your Self-Description Form
After you have submitted your application, finished your admission exams, and met with a RAC advisor, you will then be given a Self-Description Form to complete. The Self-Description form will help you to assess your skill level for the program. Once you have completed the form, please send it back to us at Champlain.
3. Attend Validation Interview
Once you have returned your Self-Description form, a Content Specialist will contact you to schedule a Validation Interview. During the Validation Interview the Content Specialist will ask you a number of questions about the same topics you saw in your Self-Description form. The Validation Interview will help the Content Specialist identify your strengths and weaknesses in the field. The Content Specialist will then decide if your background is strong enough to admit you to the RAC process.
*There are no additional fees to use online resources, receive support from content specialists, or to attend seminars and work sessions. Maximum cost is only applicable to Quebec residents.
- Further details
To take advantage of the RAC process, candidates must pay certain fees. The fees are based on the number of evaluations that a candidate has to complete, and may vary from one person to another.
- $30 admission fee (non-refundable)
- $45 for a necessary file analysis (non-refundable)
- $40 per competency (up to a maximum of $500)
Maximum total: $575
Please note that the fees above include all activities related to the RAC services. No additional fees have to be paid to:
- Attend a seminar on a specific topic
- Attend integration to the Quebec workforce seminars
- Consult the online resources
- Participate in job preparation activities
- Participate in expert-led group activities
- Book an appointment with an Advisor to prepare your Individual Evaluation Plan
- Book an appointment with a content specialist to receive individual tutoring
- Tony Figueiredo & Beverly Loney - Graduates
Beverly: My name is Beverly Loney, and I just graduated in [ITCS] and Cisco systems, as did Tony.
Tony: That’s correct.
Beverly: And what’s your name sir?
Tony: The name is Tony Figueiredo, it’s a mouthful.
Tony: We had fun.
Tony: Helping each other, helping the others.
Beverly: What did you learn?
Tony: That I’ve been around too long.
Beverly: Oh, really?
Tony: I know a little too much.
Beverly: I see.
Tony: But I did pick up a couple of things… routing.
Beverly: You learned routing?
Tony: Well, a few minor points.
Beverly: A few minor points. What about switching?
Tony: No, that I already knew.
Beverly: That you already had down cold, I see.
Tony: That’s one of the great things about this program, it allows you to capitalize on everything that you’ve already known, and brought along with you.
Beverly: But we had fun. We had fun doing the labs, the labs were great. It’s real equipment, you get the real experience, I’d say one of the best parts just the networking with different people in the class. You get to learn from their experiences, you get to talk to them about what they’re doing on their job. My story’s a little different because I was coming back from being out of the workforce for over 10 years. So, very different for me, but really easy to jump back into it with such a great gang of guys. Had a lot of fun, a lot of questions, but things just started to go real fast, come together for us. We had a good class, we really challenged each other and had real fun with it.
Question: What is the most valuable aspect of RAC, to you?
Tony: The most valuable is being able to say: yes, I didn’t just do it, but I’ve been tested for it, and I’ve got a paper which shows that I know how to do it, shows that I’ve done it, because I’m so old that the technology that I pioneered basically with, didn’t exist in my time in terms of scholarity, of education, I was one of the guys on the chain gang making this happen. There was no way to get the education, but I did get the experience from it.
Question: How did Champlain’s scheduling contribute to your experience?
Tony: the Cisco RAC, was challenging in that it was at the same time I was working, and this is a weekend, but the effort was well worth it, and at least the company was excellent as well. That was the compensation of the social life, the bonds you form during the education, those were priceless.
Beverly: Plus there’s flexibility as well. Because if there’s certain times you can’t come, for example I was playing bass every Sunday morning for evaluations, but I could come during the week, lots of flexibility that way, if there were certain times you couldn’t show up at least you could show up at other times, they were gracious enough to let us evaluate at different times. You did bad on an evaluation, you come back and re-evaluate – there was lots of opportunity for flexibility. Which is great for people who work.
Question: What benefits did Champlain’s content specialists bring?
Tony: The benefit that the content specialists bring is that they have real life situations.
Beverly: Experience. These guys have experience, they live in the real world, they know what it’s like to live in the real world, in IT, dealing with networks, and whatever, and so they can give us lots of feedback and they can answer a lot of questions that we may not be able to ask to very many people out there. So that is great, for me, especially coming back into the workforce, wanting to know what’s out there, what are the most common protocols being used now, what are people doing these days in their networking world, because things have obviously changed. It was great to have people to talk to give me the experience, including the guys in the class, certainly asked you many questions.
Tony: I remember those chats, you were wonderful.
Beverly: Tell me more! It was great.
- Bertin Yamdjeu - Graduate
My name is Bertin Yamdjeu, I’m coming from Cameroon, and in Champlain College I was in RAC Cisco.
Question: Would you recommend RAC?
Yes, of course, I can recommend RAC, because especially for a person who is, how can I say it, a self-made man, who wants to discover things by himself. I cannot recommend RAC for someone who does not have experience – work experience, or field – RAC can give the person to improve the person’s ability to discover himself – to go to the achievement, to the complete achievement.
Question: How is RAC different?
The RAC process itself it recognizes your competencies, it means that before coming to RAC we have some experience, so the purpose of experience is to fill that hole we can have. Because as you know in the field, you cannot have experience in all the material, especially cisco. You cannot have experience in all aspect of the course, so in RAC it gives more perspective… it give us more best point of view to better acquire the knowledge.
Question: What was the most useful aspect of pursuing an AEC through RAC?
The most useful aspect is that RAC is a process that recognizes competence we had before coming here in Quebec. So it’s useful process for new immigrants, like me, to show that they have some knowledge in some field. For immigrant, It’s not so easy to go into the market, with a degree or certificate in Quebec it can be easier… it can help. I studied in IT and I also worked in the same field, especially networking, so I think for me the best choice was to be accepted at the RAC Cisco.
Meet our Content Specialists
- Eric Poehlman - Advisor
Eric Poehlman is a Pedagogical Advisor in the RAC program at Champlain College-St Lambert. He has primary management and advisory responsibilities for candidates interested in the RAC programs of Information Technology Support Specialist and Cisco (CCNA). Eric has undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Sciences. He has taught at the high school and university levels and brings 20 years of teaching experience to the program.
450-672-7360 ext. 417
- Beverly Loney - Content Specialist
Beverly has over 20 years in IT ranging in telephony, cellular phones and data networks, where she has worked for companies such as McCaw Communications and Boeing Network Services as a LAN and WAN designer of networks. As one of the first System Engineers to work for Cisco Systems in Canada, Beverly worked on customer’s networks across the country for a broad scope of businesses, including government, education, utilities, services, manufacturing and aviation and also earned her CCIE. She holds a bachelor in Jazz Performance and uses her creative abilities to find interesting ways to learn new technologies.
- Denis Perreault - Content Specialist
Denis has expertise in computer networking and programming and also owns his own business which makes him aware of customer satisfaction. He has been an active member of the information technology field for over 25 years and has now been teaching in the Information Technology Support Specialist course and the Cisco course since 1999 at Champlain College-St Lambert. He has kept abreast of new technologies including wireless and design and seeks to impart this information to candidates. Demystifying the field of IT is a necessary quality and skill when troubleshooting and customer support is of paramount importance in today’s world of tech support.
- Erfan Najafi - Content Specialist
Erfan holds a bachelor’s in Information Technology Engineering and Security. With over 10 years’ experience in networking as a system administrator and network technician, Erfan has become specialized in networking, automation, and programming. He presently works for Ericsson in their data center and is certified in Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching.
- Hany Sawiris - Content Specialist
Before joining Champlain RAC as a CISCO-CCNA content specialist, Hany worked as a network administrator for 10 years at an internet service provider. He has extensive experience in the networking field, with equipment such as routers, switches, DSLAMs, and load balancers. He designed and implemented many network solutions for companies including LAN and WAN connections. Hany has also acquired CCNA and CCNP industry certificates, and more recently, has become a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor, having taught three years since then.
- Robinson Reyes - Content Specialist
Robinson Reyes is originally from the Dominican Republic. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telematics Engineering and a Master’s degree in International Business Management. Mr. Reyes has worked in the Telecom and Networking Fields for the past 12 years including ISP, Mining, Fiber to the Home, Consulting Firms and Data Center. He enjoys sharing his networking knowledge with others.
- How many years of work experience do I need to be admitted?
There is no set number of years of experience required to be admitted to the RAC process. What counts is what you know, not how you’ve acquired it nor how long it took you to acquire it. When considering an application, we analyze your overall experience: we consider any significant experience you may have had in the field, your education and training, and your life experience.
- Does my volunteer work count as work experience?
Yes. For the RAC process, it is not important where or how you’ve acquired your competencies: work experience, volunteer work, self-study, non-formal training, mentorship, volunteer activities and hobbies are all considered as long as you can prove that you have performed them.
- Do I need a high school degree to be admitted to the RAC process?
No. Some people who have not completed high school may be admissible to the RAC process. If you have not completed high school, but have significant experience in a field of study linked to one of our AECs or DECs, contact one of our advisors to see if you could be eligible for the RAC process.
- Do I need to have an evaluation comparative from the MIDI (Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion) in order to be admissible to RAC?
No. A RAC Advisor will analyze your file and let you know whether your evaluation comparative will be required or not.
Click here to access the online resources for this program.