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The programme

Systems & Network Training Ltd are the sole provider of LINX accredited courses for Internet Technicians. These hands-on courses enable engineers to gain experience and expertise in the Internet arena, with the opportunity to achieve the LINX certifications. The programme has been designed around core skills (as identified by LINX members) required for Internet technicians, resulting in real world issues being covered rather than specific product features. Each stage leads to the appropriate LINX certification.

The courses

The series of three courses provide a progression path from the basics of Ethernet, switching and TCP/IP in the first course on to general routing and OSPF in the second course and culminating in advanced BGP peering in the final course. Each course is five days in duration, with the appropriate exam being taken on the last day of the course. Further details can be found in the course FAQ or please email us at info@snt.co.uk if you have any questions. For a list of dates and prices of the courses, please click here.


IP and networking foundation

An intensive hands on IP foundation leading to LINX Accredited Internet Technician stage 1. The course focuses on all parts of TCP/IP including layers 4 to 7 on end stations as well as layer 3 on routers. The TCP/IP protocols are also studied to enable delegates to be able to troubleshoot TCP/IP using Wireshark. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific manufacturer equipment.


Routing and OSPF

An intensive hands on IP routing course leading to LINX Accredited Internet Technician stage 2 focusing on routing in an IP environment. The course concentrates on OSPF and IS-IS but also covers BGP and MPLS. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific manufacturer equipment.



detailed study of BGP and core MPLS, from the basics of how it works through to advanced issues such as route reflectors, policy, filtering, route selection and routing registries. Practical hands on with Cisco routers follow the major sessions to reinforce the theory. Juniper configurations are also explored in the theory sessions.


Peering at LINX

A one or two day induction course covering the technical procedures of LINX along with correct interaction with LINX and LINX members. This course focuses on the implementation of the technologies within the LINX network. For those already competent in BGP the one day version of this course is sufficient.

The certification

The exams have deservedly developed a reputation as being tough, not just testing facts but more importantly the application of knowledge to areas such as troubleshooting and design. The exams can be taken without attending the courses.

An important differentiation from other certifications is that exams allow for comments to be taken into consideration by the exam markers. This means, for example, that if you consider a question to be ambiguous you can state your assumptions, which will then be taken into consideration by the adjudicator. Further details can be found in the exam FAQ.

The new LINX 4 examination is now also available. This exam is a practical based exam lasting for a complete day. The key areas examined are IP addressing, basic routing, OSPF and BGP. Although Cisco routers and switches are used for the lab, the exam does not test Cisco skills. For example rather than asking "display the routing table" the student will be told to type "show ip route" and then asked questions about the meaning of the output of the command. Customised Cisco command references are also provided to the examinees.

About LINX

Founded in 1994, The London Internet Exchange Ltd. (LINX) is the largest and most successful Internet exchange point in Europe with a world-class reputation for quality, performance and technical excellence.

For more information please visit the LINX website.