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What You Will Learn

The Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist certification ensures candidates have the foundational skills to manage and administer networked industrial control systems. It provides plant administrators, control system engineers and traditional network engineers with an understanding of the networking technologies needed in today's connected plants and enterprises. Unlike other industrial networking programs, this certification tests the hands-on skills through simulations as well as testing theoretical knowledge. This approach ensures that candidates are ready for real-world implementations.


The knowledge and skills that you must have before attending this course include a college degree with two to three years of experience, or equivalent industry experience. Also you should take the following Cisco Electronic Learning and Training (ELT) courses to achieve basic understanding of networking and industrial protocols:

  • Networking Fundamentals for Industrial Control Systems (INICS)

  • Industrial Control Systems Fundamentals for Network Engineers (ICINS)



After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe Cisco Industrial Ethernet (IE) and Connected Grid switches (CGS), and Cisco Connected Grid routers (CGR)

  • Interpret design and drawings, recognize industrial topologies and access reference materials

  • Install industrial network components

  • Deploy industrial network components

  • Perform basic maintenance tasks

  • Troubleshoot network and control issues


Module 1: Cisco Industrial Networking Solution

  • Cisco Industry-Specific Solutions

  • Networking Features

  • Switching Platform

  • Routing Platforms

  • Configuration and Management Tools

Module 2: Industrial Network Design and Connections

  • Network and Control Designs and Drawings

  • Describing Industrial Networking Deployment Considerations

Module 3: Installation

  • Cabling Installation and Testing for Industrial Networks

  • Installing the Switch or Router

Module 4: Deployment

  • Initial Switch or Router Parameters

  • Layer 2 Switch Parameters

  • Layer 3 Switch Parameters

  • Configuring Industrial Ethernet

  • Installing End-Point Devices

  • Cyber Security

Module 5: Maintenance

  • Maintenance Tasks for Industrial Infrastructure Devices

  • Monitoring End-Device Operations

  • Cisco Configuration Files and Software Images

Module 6: Troubleshooting

  • Monitoring System Status

  • Troubleshooting Layer 1-3

  • Troubleshooting with Vendor Support


  • Platform Discovery of the Cisco IE 2000, IE 2000U

  • Interpreting network and control designs and drawings

  • Configuring Initial Switch Parameters

  • Configuring Layer 2 Switch Parameters

  • Configuring IP and DHCP

  • Configuring PTP

  • Configuring CIP

  • Configuring Switch Security

  • Configure SSH and HTPPS

  • Performing IE Switch Maintenance

  • Troubleshooting Layer 2 Network Issues

  • Troubleshooting Control Issues

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