Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP - RAC


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.

Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays - 9am to 4pm
  • Download info booklet

    RAC for Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) 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. They are responsible for a variety of tasks including network installation, migration, inventory management, component configuration, performance verification, network supervision and security management. Usually, they work, or have been working in positions such as:

    network administrator • network support technician • network operator • network support analyst • network manager • network engineer • computer network technician • computer operations supervisor • network installation manager • network operations manager • data centre operator • digital computer operator • network controller • systems engineer • network supervisor •server administrator • system administrator • LAN (local area network) administrator • LAN manager • support engineer • LAN operator • LAN technician • WAN technician
    (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 offers the same CCNP 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.


  • Competencies

    The Cisco Certified Network Professional AEC (LEA.CS) is made of 6 competencies. To receive your AEC, you will have to be evaluated for all competencies.

    BJ7H Apply and evaluate advanced algorithmic problem-solving approaches
    BJ8H Evaluate and troubleshoot infrastructure services
    BJ9H Evaluate and troubleshoot infrastructure security
    BJ0J Configure and evaluate IP routing and switching
    BJ1J Maintain and troubleshoot complex IP networks
    BJ2J Plan and implement a complex IP routed and switched network


  • The RAC Process

    1. Attend the Info Session

    Graphic showing the steps in the RAC process

    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.

    6. Graduation

    Once you have successfully completed all of the evaluations, you will receive your AEC or DEC.

  • How to Apply

    How to Apply to CCNA RAC

    1. Attend Information Session

    The first step is to attend an information session about the RAC service that interests you. This can help you learn more about the RAC process, which will help you decide if it is right for you.

    Sign up for an info session

    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. 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.

    Prepare for the validation interview

    See the preparation guidelines.

    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.

  • Services for new immigrants

    Program Objective

    The RAC for immigrants program was specifically designed for immigrants, and its objective is to help candidates gain official Canadian recognition of their competencies. It also allows immigrants to benefit from seminars that will help in their integration into the Quebec workforce.

    Difficulties Immigrants Face

    • Lack of knowledge of Quebec’s institutions and of the Quebec way of doing business
    • Lack of knowledge of Quebec laws and regulations in their field
    • Linguistic difficulties (in French or/and in English)
    • No Canadian diploma
    • No Canadian experience

    Characteristics of the Curriculum Specifically Adapted to Immigrants

    Weekly :

    • Each week, the candidates receive additional communication classes in French and in English. During these classes, the candidates practice the vocabulary related to the subject discussed in the seminar of that particular week.
    • Each week, the candidates attend seminars that have been specifically prepared for immigrant candidates and they have classroom activities periods under the guidance of a specialist. The seminars cover the competencies required to obtain the AEC (Attestation d’Études Collégiales) they are seeking recognition for.


    • The candidates attend specialized seminars on the integration to Quebec society and Quebec workforce. Some of the subjects discussed are:
      • Quebec institutions and business organizations
      • The integration process
      • Perception and non-verbal communication
      • Workplace relationships in Quebec
      • Know how to promote yourself in Quebec
      • The importance of networking in Quebec
    • The candidates also benefit from employment search seminars and activities during which they receive help with their Curriculum Vitae writing and cover letter writing, practice for job interviews, and get job search tips.

    Measures for success

    • The evaluations are done on-site, during the week, and in the presence of a content specialist. Several of the evaluations have an individual interview with a content specialist component.
    • The candidates receive a complete evaluation of their linguistic progress in French and English at the beginning and at the end of the program.
    • Free blocks are built-in the schedule so that the candidates who need it may request individual tutoring time with a content specialist.

  • Cost

     Maximum $315*

    *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


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  • FAQ

    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.


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