Panduit enhances infrastructure training

Panduit has revamped its cabling infrastructure course with ramifications being felt in Cisco’s Networking Academy Programme (NAP). Panduit has sponsored the cabling component of NAP since 2001.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  July 5, 2005

Panduit has revamped its cabling infrastructure course with ramifications being felt in Cisco’s Networking Academy Programme (NAP). Panduit has sponsored the cabling component of the NAP since 2001. The cabling vendor has introduced the Panduit Network Infrastructure Essentials (PNIE) course to provide hands-on training for students who are interested in mastering the physical layer of a network. The course replaces Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme globally. The new course will provide broader content along with a globally recognised certification. The PNIE course aligns to the Panduit Authorised Installer (PAI) global certification and covers basic cable installer knowledge, how to build and administrate the physical layer of network infrastructure, and deeper understanding of the networking devices that this layer interconnects. Graduates of the PNIE course will have the opportunity to validate their education through an optional exam. Graduates are then certified to work for over 2,000 Panduit official installers worldwide. “The PNIE curriculum provides students with the foundation of knowledge required to bring together advanced networking solutions, including IP telephony and wireless networking,” says Andrew Caveney, vice president of business development for Panduit. “Network Infrastructure Essentials students will be prepared to deploy these high growth technologies in diverse environments throughout the world,” he adds. The PNIE course concentrates on physical layer design and installation practices that most impact networking professionals. It also explores the adoption of fields such as industrial Ethernet and building automation, which are growing in profile. The educational experience is supplemented with lab exercises, with the course serving as a precursor for the IT Essentials and CCNA curricula in the Cisco Networking Academy Programme. ”We are excited to roll out the PNIE course at Cisco networking academies,” says Gene Longo, senior manager of Cisco Networking Academy Field Operations. “By providing instruction in the most up-to-date practices in cabling, grounding and physical layer management, the course helps prepare students for opportunities in the networking field and is in line with our overall vision of delivering the highest standard of information technology education,” he explains. The PNIE course covers: US and international cabling standards and worldwide standards organisations. Basic networking concepts and topologies, the OSI model and the main functions of each model layer. Signal transmission, the basics of electrical and optical transmission theory, basic wireless systems theory and the cause and effects of signal degradation. Schematics of copper cabling in the form of twisted-pair and shielded twisted-pair, as well as the respective standards and coaxial cable schematics. Fibre optics using cabling, different modes of fibre optics and implications of dispersion and attenuation. Essential lab safety principles and local, national and international safety codes of conduct. Cabling installation processes as well as rough-in, trim-out and finish phases. Physical layer management vulnerability resulting from breaches in network security.

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