Cisco Industry Training Program Can Help Shape Your Future

Now that you've gained Cisco certification credentials, would you like to enhance your skills with hands-on training that supports your professional development?


CITP training group participants during Boot Camp, Sri Lanka

The Cisco Industry Training Program (CITP) connects NetAcad students in Asia Pacific with opportunities to gain hands-on training and professional experience in information and communications technology (ICT) networking. Participating students complete six-month internships with top companies to help them prepare for rewarding careers.

What Does CITP Involve?

  • Boot Camp: This 2-3 day intensive and highly interactive training helps students develop soft skills in several areas including communications, team work, professional attire, and effective presentation skills.
  • Mentorship: Cisco senior tech delegates help students develop a working business plan.
  • Business Plan Contest: The program concludes with a competition that tests participants’ technical, analytical, entrepreneurial, financial, and marketing skills.

Through the program, students gain industry training, career skills development, and possible job placement upon completion.

Bina Raj-Debur, regional head of the Cisco Social Innovation Group for Cisco India and South Asia, emphasizes the program benefits to students: “The value of participation is not found in awards or funding, but in a process that brings you mentorship, support, structure, and access to the resources and people that will help perfect your business model.”

Because the debut of the Cisco Industry Training Program in Colombo, Sri Lanka proved to be a great success, placing 70 percent of students in careers with participating companies, additional sessions are planned in Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and other countries in Asia Pacific.

What Do Participating Companies Think About CITP?

CITP participants have completed internships with top Sri Lankan companies like Sumathi Informational Technologies and Lanka Bell. The feedback from participating businesses has been positive, and there are great expectations for future sessions.

 “Cisco Networking Academy has been a benchmark for ICT and networking education in the country,” says Prasad Samarasinghe, managing director of Lanka Bell. “With CITP, the program has scaled to the next level. This valuable initiative has helped talented students receive first-hand exposure along with structured knowledge and soft skills training, to transform them into successful, job-ready professionals. We would welcome future editions of CITP in Sri Lanka to support ICT adoption and enhance national competitiveness.”

Uditha Gamage, head of IT services and manager of professional development at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, says “CITP has proven to be far and away one of the best platforms for young talent to be identified. As a long-standing partner of Cisco Networking Academy, we hope to see this initiative scale and continue to contribute to developing human capital in Sri Lanka.”

Who Is Qualified to Participate in CITP?

Student eligibility is based on earning of a Cisco CCNA certification, coupled with high performance in NetAcad courses. Students are nominated by their academies or instructors to participate in the program.

If you'd like to participate, speak with your NetAcad instructor regarding a nomination and to learn more about upcoming sessions. Students at the University of Malaya can visit to submit an application. Best of luck!