NetRiders competitions provide students with hands-on practice and experience in a competitive environment, a chance to test their skills and recognize their weaknesses, showcase their knowledge, and create interactive networking skills as well as new friendships across the world.


  • Develop and grow networking and IT skills.
  • Test and showcase skills in a fun and rewarding environment.
  • Compete to be the most skilled student in a region.
  • Interact and compete with fellow students at a national level.
  • Increase knowledge and enhance future professional development.
  • Get visibility from other schools to become an instructor.
  • Win a trip to Cisco in San Jose, CA in the United States.

Each year, the top CCNA competitors from each region will win a Study Trip to Cisco headquarters in San Jose, California, the heart of the Silicon Valley in the U.S. The NetRiders Study Trip Prize rewards and recognizes outstanding Networking Academy CCNA students and encourages them to further their career development in Information Technology. During their visit, winners experience:

  • Cisco campus tours.
  • Meetings with Cisco engineers and executives.
  • Excursion to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Fisherman’s Wharf and other sites.
  • Much more…


Ryan Chetcuti – 2013 Winner Christopher Demicoli – 2014 Runner Up
Ryan Chetcuti – 2013 Winner
Christopher Demicoli – 2014 Runner Up

The competition is open to any Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching student who is currently or was recently enrolled (within ten months from the opening of registration) in one of the third or fourth courses. A detailed structure of the competition can be found below.

Competition Schedule
Open Registration
Registration closes on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

  • Step 1: Send an email on [email protected] requesting the Enrolment Key.
  • Step 2: and login with your Cisco NetSpace credentials.
  • Step 3: Under Open Competitions, select Europe, Russian Federation, CIS 2017.
  • Step 4: Select CCNA as your competition.
  • Step 5: Agree to the Terms & Conditions (Official Rules).
  • Step 6: Enter your enrolment key.

Unable to register? Read more here or get in touch.

Mar 30 Round One: Qualifier
2017 Starting at 10.00AM – ICE Malta.

  • Exams: Two virtual exams of 1 Hour (Each).
  • Advancement: Top five students per academy (Must have minimum 60% score).

Results announced on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

Jun 1 Round Two: 2nd Qualifier
2017 Starting at 10.00AM – ICE Malta.

  • Exams: Two virtual exams (One exam of 1 Hour and another of 1.5 Hours).
  • Advancement: Top twenty students (Must have minimum 70% score).

Results announced on Friday 9th June 2017.

Sep 12 Round Three: Finals
2017 To be scheduled.

  • Exams: Two exams (One virtual exam of 1 Hour and one WebEx Session of 15 Minutes).

Results announced on Thursday 14th September 2017.


Resources: FAQs / Rules


2015 – x1 Student Mediterranean Champion and x1 Student ranked in top 20.

Despite this being the most challenging edition of this prestigious competition to date due to the change in competition format, ICE Malta student Pavel Roth was titled Cisco NetRiders 2015 Mediterranean Champion and secured his spot as one of Cisco’s Top 10 NetRiders 2015 regional champions. Malta’s second placed winner and ICE Malta student Melchior Vella has confirmed his spot in the Top 20 list confirming that once again Malta’s talent continues to achieve prestigious results in this significant competition year after year. Read more here.

2014 – x1 Student placed 2nd in Region and x2 Students ranked in top 25.

ICE Malta student and Malta’s national Cisco NetRiders 2014 Champion Christopher Demicoli placed second in the European, Russian Federation, CIS region, missing out on scoring the top prize by just a few points. Runners up, Luke Farrugia and Sarah Tabone placed in the top 25 European winners list. Malta’s national finalists competed with more than 10,000 Cisco students from all over the world and have achieved the best combined results for our islands to date. Read more here.

2013 – x1 Student Region Champion

ICE Malta student and Cisco NetRiders national champion Ryan Chetcuti placed first in the prestigious international competition beating students from Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden & United Kingdom. Ryan won an all-expense paid study trip to Cisco California and was later hand-picked for a career opportunity at Cisco Scotland. Minister for Economy and Investment Chris Cardona personally congratulated Ryan and ICE Malta on this success. Read more here.