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?

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

  • Oct 4 to Dec 22 (2021)
  • Jan 17 to Apr 8
  • Apr 10 to Jul 1
  • Jul 4 to Sep 23
  • Sep 26 to Dec 16

Courses: Linux Essentials and Python Essentials

  • Sep 20 to Dec 22 (2021)
  • Feb 21 to May 27
  • May 30 to Sep 2
  • Sep 5 to Dec 16

*Please note that dates might change due to unforeseen circumstances

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