OVERVIEW

Zero To Engineer FSNE Program and FSNA Bootcamp Reference Documents:

FSNE Program Syllabus
FSNA Certification Overview
FSNA 5-Day Bootcamp Overview

Why should I enroll in a Zero to Engineer program such as the FSNE program?

You should enroll in Zero to Engineer because it is the only entry to intermediate level IT course that gives you hands-on training, teaches you the essential skills and knowledge needed on the job, and pairs you up with world-class engineers that work for the top tech companies in Silicon Valley.

What results can I expect to get out of a Zero to Engineer program? 

If you go through all the lessons, do your homework, and follow the instructor's advice, there's no reason you shouldn't expect to land an IT job in less than a year, even if you have zero experience today. 

In fact, many of our students have been able to go from zero experience to network engineer in just a few months. Here's two examples: 

Take the case of Kevin Lee, for example, he started without any experience whatsoever, and became a network engineer in just 5 months. After only a year and a half after completing ZTE, he became a member of Samsung's network infrastructure team. 

Another ZTE student, Chase Mitchell, who was stuck in a helpdesk role, was able to triple his salary, and become a network engineer at a large corporation, only 11 months after enrolling in Zero to Engineer. 

What is a Full Stack Network Engineer? 

Definition:
A full stack network engineer is a new breed of network engineer that companies are desperately needing. These professionals are trained in the full stack of networking technologies including routing, switching, wireless, voice over IP, and security.

Why they are needed: Companies are having to outsource part of their IT operations or hire extra personnel because their current network engineers are only versed on a few areas of IT, which forces them to incur on extra costs and depend on third party service providers. All of this could be avoided if their network engineers were versed on the full stack of networking technologies. 

Why are they better:
FSNE's can enable companies to streamline operations and reduce outsourcing costs. They do this by understanding how all the components of a network work together, asking the right questions and solving problems across areas, and keeping operations in house or speeding up any outsourcing processes. 

What kinds of topics will the Zero To Engineer FSNE Program cover?

The FSNE program covers a wide range of topics from IT Architectures, networking, cloud, and security to name a few. The topics covered will give you a general understanding of all areas of IT and rock-solid skills in network engineering.  This also gives you a strong baseline so you can become any type of IT engineer down the road.

How was the curriculum created?

Our curriculum was created by Nexgent’s two founders, Terry Kim and Jacob Hess. Both Terry and Jacob are network and systems engineers that have worked for leading organizations like Cisco, Arista, and the US Air Force. In fact, during Terry and Jacob’s time in the Air Force, they graduated over 1000 engineers. 

What jobs will the Zero to Engineer FSNE Program prepare me for?

Please see the FSNE program phase 3 job hunting article for a nice list of the types of jobs.

PROGRAMS

What is the Zero to Engineer FSNE program? 

The FSNE Program is an online self-study course that gives you the experience, skills, and knowledge to be successful as an IT engineer. People with little to no experience can take this course to get a promotion or break into IT. 

Is the FSNE program self-paced?

Yes and no. The program is based on cohorts which start at a specific date. It is self-paced in the idea that you can take longer than the cohort time-line to complete the program.  However, the cohort will have schedule that you are advised to keep in line with. Throughout the program you will have live group coaching/mentoring from the NexGenT training team.

How many hours a week should I expect to spend on Zero to Engineer?

Most students spend anywhere between 10 to 20 hours per week learning. This is why we made our course flexible so that a student or a full-time working parent can do this course. Typically, students finish the FSNE program (phases 1 and 2) in 185 days and then start the job hunting phase (phase 3).

Is there an off-line course in addition to the online learning platform? 

Yes, we have a 5-day bootcamp at our downtown San Jose campus. The 5-day bootcamp is for students who want hands-on training with actual networking equipment in a reality-based lab.

Will I have access to the FSNE program content even after I graduate?

Yes, you will have access for up to 18 months (low-income enrollees) or 36 months (regular enrollees) total depending on your enrollment.

What is your teaching philosophy?

We believe the most important thing in IT education is real-world knowledge and hands-on experience. This means that we only teach what you will need to succeed in your job by teaching what actual engineers do on a day-by-day basis. 

What about certifications? Are they still relevant?

We believe certifications are still relevant but losing their prominence. This means that hiring managers today prefer employees that have real-world knowledge and hands-on experience. However, because certifications are still the industry standard we have included CompTIA’s Network+ certification course for free and we also include the Cisco CCNA R&S (ICND1 and ICND2) as courses and certification exams to knock out in phase 2 of the FSNE program. Additionally, we have our own certification called the Full-Stack Network Associate (FSNA).

What is a Full-Stack Network Associate and why should I get FSNA certified?

Back in 2000 you could get a Cisco certification and easily earn a good living. For example, IT professionals would have deep domain expertise in one or two areas like networking, security, VoIP, automation, cloud and so on. Today, in order to be successful in networking, you need to know a little bit of all main networking components: routing, switching, wireless, voice over IP, and security. That is why we coined the term, Full Stack Network Associate and why we created our curriculum to teach across a breadth of technologies. The FSNA certification is only obtained by actually building out the FSNA lab and there is no written testing. Explaining how this certification was achieved to a hiring manager will make you stand out amongst other entry-level job applicants.

What do you look for in students? 

We don’t care if you have a college degree or experience. That said, there are several qualities we look for that leads to a successful student. They are desire, determination, patience, and mindset. As you can see, none of these traits have anything to do with your technical skills. That is because the IT industry is a true meritocracy where the best rise to the top. 

What is the acceptance rate to a Zero To Engineer program such as the FSNE program?

At this time we have a 100% acceptance rate, however we may add some pre-requisites in the future that must be passed in order to enroll. However, for the time being all applicants are accepted.

How can I convince my employer to pay for my FSNA certification?

Use this template to convince your boss of sponsoring your FSNA cert! 

Do you offer tuition payment plan options?

Yes, we have tuition payment plan options. You can make small monthly installments and pay your tuition over time.

Can my employer pay for a Zero to Engineer program such as the FSNE program?

Yes, your employer can pay for your tuition. There is no hard fast rule here so talk to your manager and HR person and ask if your company can pay for it. Please keep in mind that making a strong case for how the Zero to Engineer program you are enrolling into will add value to the company will make your company’s decision easier.

Am I eligible for a tax refund for my education with Zero to Engineer programs?

No, this option is not available for our program. This is only available to accredited universities that give degrees of which we are not. 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards as our primary form of payment. If you do not have a credit card, please contact us at support@nexgent.com to see if we can arrange payment via PayPal, check, money order, or another form of payment.

What's your refund policy?

Please see our main Refund Policy

OTHER

Is there any required pre-work for the FSNE program?

We do have a few things for enrollees to complete before their cohort launches. Please see the FSNE Pre-Requisites article for details.

Who are these World-class Mentors you keep talking about?

We are lucky to have some world-class engineers as mentors. These accomplished men and women work at some of the leading tech companies like Uber, Cisco, and LinkedIn and their purpose is to provide you with mentorship, feedback, and insight. For this February class, you will be mentored by Terry and Jacob. 

What kind of hardware is required?

Any up-to-date Windows, Linux, or Mac OSX computer.

Do I need to purchase any software?

No, you do not need to purchase any software.

Do I need to purchase any tools?

No, we use free software simulation application called Packet Tracer. Optional: Purchase some inexpensive equipment to complete and build your home lab. 

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