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Associate Diploma in Networking

Key Fact
  • Program name
    Associate Diploma in Networking
  • Program Duration
    1 Year
  • Delivery Method
    On Campus
  • Credit hours
  • Program Cost (VAT Execluded)
    SAR 31,200

​Program Overview

The Computer Science at Effat University is offering, in collaboration with the Cisco Networking Academy, an Associate Diploma in Networking including 8 certificates. In addition, students will be prepared for the acquisition of 4 professional Cisco Certifications. Students and professionals are exposed to the new trends in IT, Networking field, and Cybersecurity. ​

Associate Diploma in Networking Degree

Upon the completion of the program, the student is offered an Associate Diploma in Networking. Besides the diploma, students acquire the following Cisco Networking Academy Certificates (upon completion of each course):

  1. CCNA  Security
  2. Cybersecurity Essentials
  3. Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation
  4. Introduction to Networks
  5. IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software
  6. Linux Essentials
  7. Programming Essentials in Python
  8. Switching, Routing, Wireless Essentials​

The diploma prepares the students for the following Professional Cisco Certifications:

  1. CompTIA A+ certification exams 220-1001 and 220-1002
  2. PCAP | Python Certified Associate Programmer certification
  3. Cisco Certified Network Associate certification (Covered by Hadaf/HRDF)
  4. CCNA Security certification (Covered by Hadaf /HRDF).

​Educationbal Objectives​

Graduates from the Associate Diploma in Networking (NETW) are expected to attain the following Program Educational Objectives within a few years of graduation

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of diverse networking concepts and technologies within a few years of graduation.
  • Analyze real-world networking challenges and select the most effective strategies and tools for their resolution.
  • Apply advanced networking techniques and technologies to enhance the performance and efficiency of network systems.
  • Exhibit strong ethical values and a high sense of responsibility in their professional networking practice.
  • Employ effective communication skills to collaborate efficiently in team environments within the networking field.

Target Audience

Students/Professionals seeking career-oriented, entry-level networking, security and network programming skills.

Target students include individuals who want to enhance their core networking routing and switching skills, manipulate networks using software, and network security operations.​​

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing the Associate Diploma of Networking program, students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • NETW-K1 - Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and critical perspective of the principal theories, concepts, and terminology of the Networking field.

  • NETW-K2 - Integrate knowledge from different Networking domains to develop practical solutions that effectively operate in real-world networking environments.


  • NETW-S1 - Apply networking theory and software development fundamentals to create networking solutions utilizing relevant skills and techniques.

  • NETW-S2 - Analyze complex networking problems and apply principles of Networking, along with other relevant disciplines, to identify innovative solutions.

  • NETW-S3 - Design, implement, and evaluate a networking-based solution that meets specified networking requirements within the context of Networking.

  • NETW-S4 - Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts, demonstrating proficiency in articulating networking concepts and solutions.

Values, Autonomy, and Responsibility

  • NETW-V1 - Recognize and uphold professional responsibilities, making informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles specific to the Networking field.

  • NETW-V2 - Function effectively as a valuable member or leader within a team engaged in activities relevant to the Networking and Computer Science domains.

Career Opportunities

  • CISCO Certified Network Associate
  • Cyber Security Auditor
  • IT Security Officer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Further their studies in Computer Networking and Cyber Security related fields

Admission Requirements:​

High School diploma in Art with a score of 85% or Science with a score of 80% or more and the following standardized tests:

  • 525 TOEFL or 5.5 IELTS minimum.
  • 65% in Saudi Assessment Test (Qudurat).
  • 60% in the Placement Test for Mathematical Skills.

Diploma in Networking Academinc Partner​

Cisco Networking Academy.

Study Plan 

Please check the study plan of Associate Diploma in Networking as PDF​

Tuition and Fees​

  • Program Duration
    No. of credit hours
    Tuition per credit hour
    (VAT Excluded)
    Program Tuition per credit hour (VAT Inc​luded)
    Program Tuition (VAT Excluded)
    ​Program Tuition (VAT Included)
  • 1 Year (4 Levels)
    SAR 1,300
    SAR 1,495
    SAR 31,200
    SAR 35,880​​

Courses Tuition Breakdown: ​

  • Course Name
    Credit Hours
    Tuition Course Fee (VAT Excluded)
    Tuition Course Fee (VAT Included)
  • Level 1 (8 weeks)
  • IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Programming Essentials in Python
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Level Summary
    SAR 7,800
    SAR 8,970
  • Level 2 (8 weeks)
  • Introduction to Networks
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Cybersecurity Essentials
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Level Summary
    SAR 7,800
    SAR 8,970
  • Level 3 (8 weeks)
  • Switching, Routing, Wireless Essentials
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Linux Essentials
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Level Summary
    SAR 7,800
    SAR 8,970
  • Level 4 (8 weeks)
  • Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • CCNA Security
    SAR 3,900
    SAR 4,485
  • Level Summary
    SAR 7,800
    SAR 8,970
  • Program Summary
    SAR 31,200
    SAR 35,880

​Other Fees

  • Description
    Fees after VAT
  • Application and Admission procedures fees
    SAR 460, non-refundable
  • Placement Test
    SAR 460, non-refundable
  • E-Learning Resources Fees
    SAR 173/month

Impo​rtant notes:

  • Students are required to pay their full tuition fee upon registration.
  • Effat University reserves the right to withhold student services, including Blackboard and Banner access, from students who do not complete their due payment as per their payment plan or if their account status is delinquent.
  • There are no installments allowed for any of the PACE-HIT programs (less than 5 weeks).
  • In the event that the student chooses to pay in installments for the PACE-HIT programs (6 weeks and above).​
    • Upon Registration (First Installment):

      50% of the total training course fees

    • ​Final Instalment:

      The last 50% of the t​otal training course fees

Payme​​​​nt Methods

The payment can be made by:
  • Effat University E-Payment ​System
  • Cash (working hours are from 8:00 Am to 3:00:PM)
  • Cheque payable to Effat University
  • Credit card (VISA, Master Card, American Express)
  • Direct deposit or bank transfer* to EFFAT bank account
    • Wire Transfer Required Information
    • Bank Name:  Saudi National Bank (SNB)
    • Name of Account Holder: Effat University
    • Bank Account Number: 10147135000210
    • International Bank Account number (IBAN): SA9310000010147135000210

Contact Information:

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Cancellation or Refund Policy

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Contact Information
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