Learn Tech, Build a Career FAQ

Do I need a library card to enrol?
No. Although it’s a good idea to get one. Register at any HPL branch or online.

How do I register for these courses?
Go to hpl.ca/tech-career. Clicking on the course title directs you to the enrolment page. You need an email address to sign up. You will then be prompted to create a netacad account.

How long is each course?
There are six available. Please check hpl.ca/tech-career  for the course schedules

  • Internet of Things
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Linux Unhatched
  • Linux Essentials
  • Python Essentials

Is there a deadline to register?
No. However, the courses will have their respective end dates. Please check the course details for these dates. 

When do the courses run?

For 2021, these are the course schedules:

Courses: Internet of Things, Introduction to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials and Linux Unhatched

  • Jan 25 to Apr 16
  • Apr 19 to Jul 9
  • Jul 12 to Oct 1
  • Oct 4 to Dec 22

Courses: Linux Essentials and Python Essentials

  • Feb 22 to May 28
  • May 31 to Sep 17
  • Sep 20 to Dec 22

*Please note that the dates might change. 

Do I have to pay anything?
No. These are all free!

What do I do if I need help?
HPL staff are here to help you.

Will I be tested/graded?
Yes. You need to pass to get a certificate for each course. But you can do them as often as you need to until you pass.

Do I get a certificate/diploma when I finish each course?
You will receive a certificate of completion when you finish each course.

Who is running these courses? HPL or Cisco?
The courses are provided by Cisco and/or its partners. The program is run by HPL.

Can I complete this course at home?
Yes. These courses are all online. Check the minimum system requirements and be sure you have a reliable Internet connection.

Is there group work?
There are activities that may require working with other learners.

What’s a learning circle?
A group of 10-15 people who meet weekly, virtually, to discuss and collaborate about the coursework.

HPL staff also assist the learners in the circle.

If you have more questions, please email cisco.help@hpl.ca