OS & IT Programme

Purpose of the OS & IT Programme:

The OS & IT Programme, offered by PAICTA ISTIA in collaboration with Cisco Networking Academy and NDG, is meticulously designed to equip individuals with essential skills and knowledge in operating systems and information technology (IT). Whether you’re a newcomer to the digital landscape or an aspiring professional seeking career advancement, this programme aims to accelerate your journey towards success in the dynamic field of IT.

Our purpose is to provide comprehensive training that empowers participants to:
  • Develop proficiency in fundamental computer operations, including software installation, configuration, and troubleshooting.
  • Gain practical experience in utilizing various operating systems and navigating online platforms.
  • Enhance critical thinking and problem-solving abilities essential for addressing real-world IT challenges.
  • Prepare for industry-recognized certifications, such as CompTIA A+ and Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certifications, which significantly enhance career prospects.
  • Explore diverse career opportunities in IT, ranging from technical support and system administration to software and application development, as well as IoT device management.

 By offering a diverse range of courses, including introductory modules and advanced certification preparation, the programme caters to individuals at different skill levels and career stages. Whether you aspire to enter the IT industry or advance your existing career, our programme provides the necessary tools and resources to help you succeed.

Additionally, by collaborating with leading institutions and leveraging cutting-edge technologies, such as Cisco Networking Academy’s advanced simulation tools and NDG’s immersive learning platforms, we ensure that participants receive a high-quality and industry-relevant education.

Overall, the OS & IT Programme aims to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical skills, empowering participants to thrive in the ever-evolving field of information technology and contribute to the digital transformation of industries worldwide.

OS & IT Definition

OS stands for “Operating System” and IT stands for “Information Technology.”

An operating system (OS) is a software program that manages computer hardware and software resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system acts as an intermediary between computer hardware and software applications. It provides a platform for software programs to run on the computer, manages system resources such as memory and processing power, and facilitates communication between hardware components.

Information Technology (IT) encompasses the use of computers, networks, and other electronic devices to store, process, retrieve, and transmit data and information. IT professionals are responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining computer systems and networks, as well as providing technical support and troubleshooting assistance to users.

In summary, the OS is the foundational software that manages computer resources, while IT refers to the broader field of managing and utilising technology, including computers, networks, and information systems, to meet the needs of individuals and organisations.

PAICTA presents an OS & IT Programme powered by Cisco Networking Academy in collaboration with NDG. Whether you’re new to the digital realm or aiming to become a SysAdmin or programmer, these courses are designed to propel your career forward. Advanced modules also offer preparation for career-ready certifications. The entire programme can be completed in just 248 hours.

OS & IT at a glance

What you’ll do

You might configure the next lifesaving medical device or support a driverless car application. Gaining a foundation in OS and IT is key.

The program offers the following courses, with the exception of IT Essentials: Mastering Computer Systems and Networks, which ISTIA provides for a fee available upon request, as it is exclusively led by an instructor.

 Get Connected:  Connect with Technology: Master essential competencies such as fundamental computer operations, device connectivity, and navigating online platforms including search engines, email services, and social media.


Embrace Digital Fundamentals

In both personal and professional spheres, proficiency in digital literacy is indispensable. Enhance your comprehension of the digital realm encompassing the internet, computing, and social networks, paving the way for skill acquisition. Subsequently, a plethora of career opportunities await those equipped with these proficiencies. Acquire proficiency in computer operation, device connectivity, and accessing search engines, email, and social media platforms. Delve into course materials designed to be exceptionally user-friendly and engaging, enriched with ample illustrations. No prior expertise is required for this introductory course.

Core Skills to be Acquired:

  • Establish accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • Grasp the fundamentals of computer networking and internet browsing and searching.
  • Acquaint yourself with Microsoft Windows and file management techniques.
  • Identify prevalent issues and implement effective solutions.


Duration: 30 hours

Level: Beginner

Learning Mode: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

NDG Linux Unhatched: Dive into Linux Basics

Explore the rudiments of Linux software installation and setup while acquainting yourself with the Linux command line interface.

Embark on Your Linux Journey

Are you contemplating a career shift into Linux? Or, are you seeking an escape from a stagnant job and exploring new avenues? NDG Linux Unhatched offers a gentle initiation into the realm of Linux, the foundational operating system favoured by tech giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon, and more.

Upon completion, participants gain invaluable insights into whether Linux resonates with their aspirations, all within a concise timeframe of under 8 hours of self-paced learning. To ensure seamless progress, learners are guided through a sequence of hands-on virtual machine exercises. This course seamlessly aligns with a segment of the Linux exam objectives delineated in the LPI Linux Essentials Exam Certification. Following this program, it’s recommended to progress to either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I for further skill enhancement.

Key Skills to Attain:

  • Fundamental Linux software installation and configuration.
  • Proficiency in navigating the Linux Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Interaction with Linux virtual machines.
  • Self-assessment of compatibility with the Linux ecosystem.

Duration: 8 hours

Level: Beginner

Learning Mode: Online self-paced



NDG Linux Essentials: Enhance Your Linux Proficiency

Immerse yourself in practical Linux command execution through the integrated Linux virtual machine provided within the course framework.

Linux Knowledge: Essential for Virtually Every IT Role

As a cornerstone of open-source collaboration, Linux stands as the premier operating system globally, renowned for its reliability and versatility. From embedded systems to cutting-edge supercomputers, Linux maintains its dominance for compelling reasons. NDG Linux Essentials expeditiously elevates your comprehension of Linux, preparing you for attaining the esteemed Linux Professional Institute Linux Essentials certificate—an invaluable credential signalling your adeptness in Linux to potential employers. While this course comprehensively covers fundamental concepts, more advanced topics are delved into at a swifter pace in NDG Linux I. No prior prerequisites are necessary.

Core Skills to Master:

  • Familiarize yourself with open-source principles while progressively honing Linux command proficiency.
  • Gain insight into Linux usage scenarios and fundamental command line operations.
  • Develop expertise in utilising the Linux virtual machine for practical experimentation.
  • Prepare effectively for the LPI Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC).

Duration: 70 hours

Level: Intermediate

Learning Mode: Instructor-led, Online self-paced



NDG Linux I: Elevate Your Linux Proficiency

Designed to be more rigorous and encompassing compared to NDG Linux Essentials, this course is tailored to elevate your mastery of Linux and equip you for certification.

 Progress Your Expertise with NDG Linux

Geared towards ambitious individuals aspiring to thrive as Linux system administrators, NDG Linux serves as the quintessential platform for enhancing your skills and priming for the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 certification. Through hands-on labs and immersive activities, this course ensures a comprehensive growth trajectory for your expertise. Anticipate engaging in tasks such as command line maintenance, Linux computer installation and configuration, and rudimentary networking setup, all facilitated within virtual machine environments running Linux. While no prerequisite knowledge is mandated, the course content is delivered at an accelerated pace, catering to those seeking a more challenging learning experience. NDG Linux I, constitutes the initial segment of a two-part series, complemented by NDG Linux II.

 Self-paced classes are priced at $29.95, while the cost for instructor-led sessions varies by institution.

 Key Skills to Master:

  • Develop a practical command of the Linux command line interface.
  • Execute installation and configuration procedures for Linux-based computers.
  • Configure elementary networking functionalities using Linux-based virtual machines.
  • essential first step in a two-part series indispensable for LPIC-1 (Exam 101) Certification preparation.

 Duration: 70 hours

Level: Advanced

Learning Mode: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

NDG Linux II

The second in a 2-course series. Further your mastery of Linux and prepare for certification.

 Part Two – Further Your Mastery of Linux

It’s easy to believe that Linux has been around since the mid-‘90s, especially, considering its wide adoption across products, markets and industries. Further mastering Linux installation, configuring and maintenance is key to positioning yourself well and securing the IT administrator job of your choice. This is the second course in a 2-course series, preparing you for the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 certification. Prerequisite NDG Linux I or equivalent knowledge is recommended.

 $29.95 for self-paced classes; cost for instructor-led classes is determined by the institution.

 You’ll Learn These Core Skills:

 Augment your basic knowledge to become skilled in the Linux command line.

Configure basic networking, using virtual machines running Linux.

Perform scripting and data management; learn about interfaces, networking fundamentals and security.

Prepare for certification LPIC-1 (Exam 102).

 Length: 70 hours

Level: Advanced

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Achievements: Certification Aligned

IT Essentials: Mastering Computer Systems and Networks

Acquire the necessary competencies and methodologies to proficiently install, configure, and rectify issues pertaining to computers, mobile devices, and software.

For existing students, please liaise with your academy for further information.

Navigating the Basics of Computer-Network Connectivity

Imagine the satisfaction of constructing a computer system and seamlessly integrating it into a secure network environment. This initial endeavour sets the stage for a fulfilling career in IT. Mastery of fundamental computer principles is paramount for success in any IT specialization. IT Essentials not only delves into these foundational concepts but also imparts the essential career skills requisite for entry-level IT positions. Engage with advanced simulation tools from Cisco Networking Academy and partake in numerous hands-on lab sessions designed to sharpen your troubleshooting acumen. No prerequisites or prior computer knowledge are necessary.

Key Skills to Acquire:

  • Proficient installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of computers and mobile devices.
  • Identification and mitigation of prevalent security threats such as phishing and spoofing.
  • Cultivation of critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities through hands-on experience with real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer simulations.
  • Preparation for CompTIA A+ Certification.

Duration: 70 hours

Level: Intermediate

Learning Mode: Instructor-led Training (ILT)

Achievements: Badge, Certification Alignment

 Sample job titles.

  • Tech Support,
  • System Administrator,
  • Software Development,
  • Application Development,
  • IoT Device Manager and more

 Who hires for this skill?

Companies with a server room, cloud providers and more.

 If you are interested in the programme, please submit request.