CertNexus Certified Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner

CertNexus Certified IoT Practitioner validates vendor-neutral, cross-industry skill set that will enable professionals to design, implement, operate, and/or manage a secure IoT ecosystem through various case studies and by assembling and configuring an IoT device to work in a sensor network. Students will create an IoT device based on an ESP8266 microcontroller, implementing various common IoT features, such as analog and digital sensors, a web-based interface, MQTT messaging, and data encryption.


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CertNexus Certified Internet of Things (IoT) Practitioner Course Description

As IoT evolves into much larger-scale business applications in the world of healthcare, manufacturing, and nearly every other industry imaginable, the need for a general understanding of the technologies, tools, and methods that are part of IoT is greater than ever. Certified Internet of Things Practitioner (CIoTP) is a comprehensive certification designed to validate that individuals in a wide variety of job functions have a foundational knowledge of the important concepts and components that are part of an IoT ecosystem.

IT professionals often have little or no experience working with embedded systems, sensor networks, actuators, real-time systems, and other components that are common to IoT, so this course provides a foundation for understanding how these components work with other systems that IT professionals typically have more experience working with—such as networks, cloud computing, and applications running on servers, desktop computers, and mobile devices.

In this course, students will learn general strategies for planning, designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining an IoT system through various case studies.

Course Curriculum


This 3-day course is designed for IT professionals with baseline skills in computer hardware, software support, and development who want to learn how to design, develop, implement, operate, and manage Internet of Things devices and related systems. The student will get to learn more about embedded systems, microcontroller programming, IoT security, and the development life cycle for IoT projects.

This course is also designed for students who are seeking the CertNexus Certified Internet of Things Practitioner (CIoTP) certification and who want to prepare for Exam ITP-110.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to apply Internet of Things technologies to solve real-world problems.

You will learn to:

  • Plan an IoT implementation.
  • Construct and program an IoT device.
  • Communicate with an IoT device using wired and wireless connections.
  • Process sensor input and control an actuator on an IoT device.
  • Manage security, privacy, and safety risks on IoT projects.
  • Manage an IoT prototyping and development project throughout the development lifecycle

Eligibility Criteria

To ensure your success in this course you should be an experienced computer user who is comfortable setting up and configuring computers and electronic devices.

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Course Outline

Topic A: Select a General Architecture for an IoT Project

  • Dawn of a New Day
  • IoT
  • IoT Ingredients
  • Enabling Technologies
  • IoT Infrastructure
  • IoT Devices
  • Example IoT Devices
  • Case Study: Smart Outlet
  • Selecting Attributes to Include in an IoT Device
  • IoT Gateway
  • Cloud Services
  • User Interface
  • Software Stacks
  • Selecting an IoT Architecture

Topic B: Identify Benefits and Challenges of IoT

  • IoT in Industry
  • Industrial Controllers
  • Industry 4.0
  • Four Ps of Planned Maintenance
  • Identifying Business Benefits of IoT
  • Business Benefits
  • Business Challenges
  • Differences from Traditional IT
  • Technical Challenges
  • Societal Impact
  • Identifying Potential Challenges of IoT

Topic A: Select and Configure a Processing Unit

  • Microcontrollers
  • Comparison Between Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
  • Common Microcontroller Products
  • FPGAs
  • Selecting Processors for an IoT Project
  • Development Boards and Shields
  • Maker/Hobbyist Platforms
  • On-Chip Peripherals
  • I/O
  • Digital Representation of On or Off State Values
  • Analog Representation of Continuous Values
  • Analog to Digital Conversion
  • Signal Conditioning
  • Transmission of Digital Values
  • Differential Signaling
  • Digital Sensors
  • Microcontroller I/O Pins
  • Components Used for Digital and Analog Conversion
  • PWM
  • Quadrature Encoder
  • Guidelines for Selecting and Configuring a Microcontroller
  • Case Study: ESP8266 MCU
  • Preparing a Microcontroller for IoT Prototyping

Topic B: Select a Microcontroller Power Source

  • Power Requirements
  • Logic Level Voltage and Power Regulation
  • Voltage, Current, and Resistance
  • Semiconductors
  • Semiconductor Care and Handling
  • USB Power During Development and Testing
  • USB Specifications
  • Power After Deployment
  • Power Grid
  • Conversion Between AC and DC
  • Backup Generators
  • PoE
  • Batteries
  • Lithium Cells
  • Solar Panels
  • Wind Power
  • Water Power
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Power Management
  • Guidelines for Reducing Power Consumption
  • Attaching a Microcontroller to a Power Source

Topic C: Use a Software Development Kit to Program an IoT Device

  • Embedded Devices vs. General Purpose Computers
  • Embedded Systems Programming
  • Development Toolkits
  • Programming Languages
  • IoT Operating Systems
  • Real-Time Operations
  • Embedded Device Operating Systems
  • Microcontroller Firmware
  • The Build Process
  • Debugging
  • Guidelines for Selecting a Software Development Kit
  • Case Study: ESP8266 SDKs
  • Uploading a Program to an IoT Device

Topic A: Communicate Using Wired Connections

  • Wired Data Communication Standards
  • Industrial Ethernet Standards
  • Industrial Data and Information Management Standards
  • OPC
  • DDS
  • OPC-UA vs. DDS
  • Legacy Field Buses
  • Legacy Serial Communication
  • Data Communication During Development and Testing
  • Guidelines for Communication Using Wired Connections
  • Communicating over a Wired Serial Connection

Topic B: Communicate Using Wireless Connections

  • Wireless Communication
  • Near Range Wireless Communication
  • Medium Range Wireless Communication
  • Zigbee
  • Zigbee Topologies
  • Z-Wave
  • 6LoWPAN and Thread
  • WirelessHART
  • Long Range Wireless Communication
  • Guidelines for Communication Using Wireless Connections
  • Testing Wi-Fi Communication with a Microcontroller
  • Wireless IoT Device Configuration
  • Guidelines for Providing a Wi-Fi Configuration Manager
  • Providing a Wi-Fi Configuration Manager

Topic C: Communicate Using Internet Protocols

  • The Internet Protocol Suite
  • HTTP and HTTPS Web Protocols
  • Send Data with a Request
  • Web Protocols in IoT
  • IP Addressing
  • Encapsulation
  • Connect Different Networks
  • IoT Gateway as a Means to Connect Different Networks
  • Smart Home Hubs
  • Routing and QoS
  • Networking Abstraction
  • SDN
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • Communicating with an IoT Device Using HTTP

Topic A: Process IoT Device Input and Output

  • DAQ
  • Sensors
  • Multiplexing
  • Location, Bearing, and Speed Sensors
  • Proximity Sensors
  • Environment and Weather Sensors
  • Cameras and Imaging Sensors
  • Energy and Force Sensors
  • Chemical Sensors
  • Timer
  • Guidelines for Selecting Sensors
  • Selecting Sensors for IoT Applications
  • Location Awareness
  • Actuators and Other Output Devices
  • Case Study: Analog Light Sensor
  • Reading Analog Sensor Data
  • Case Study: Digital Humidity and Temperature Sensor
  • Reading Digital Sensor Data

Topic B: Process Data in the Cloud

  • Deployment Models
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Service Models
  • Cloud Platforms
  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Guidelines for Evaluating Cloud Platforms
  • IoT Services Performed in the Cloud
  • Device Registry and Management
  • Data Management
  • IoT Data Analytics Tools
  • Components of a Real-Time Analytics System
  • AI
  • AI Tools
  • Drawbacks of Centralized Cloud Computing in IoT
  • Where to Perform Processing Tasks
  • Guidelines for IoT Processing and Analytics
  • Planning IoT Processing

Topic C: Provide Machine to Machine Communication

  • Industrial M2M Communication
  • IoT M2M Communication
  • Communication Patterns
  • Messaging Protocols
  • AMQP
  • MQTT
  • Premises Underlying MQTT
  • MQTT Communication Process
  • Message Persistence
  • Web-Based Communication
  • WebSocket
  • CoAP
  • Guidelines for M2M Communication
  • Case Study: MQTT
  • Launching and Testing an MQTT Broker
  • Using MQTT to Send Data from an IoT Device

Using MQTT to Receive Control Instructions

Topic A: Identify IoT Security and Privacy Risks

  • The Rationale for IoT Security
  • Case Study: Mirai Botnet
  • Fronts of Attack
  • Attack Phases and Techniques
  • The OWASP Top Ten
  • Identifying the Rationale for IoT Security
  • Builders and Breakers
  • Case Study: Threats to MQTT Messaging
  • Building Security In
  • Identifying Security Problems in an IoT Application

Topic B: Manage IoT Security and Privacy Risks

  • Cybersecurity Strategies
  • CIA Triad
  • AAA
  • Defense in Depth
  • Layered Defenses for Constrained Devices
  • Encryption on Constrained Devices
  • Encoding
  • Data Integrity
  • Blockchain
  • Privacy
  • Privacy by Design
  • Data Anonymization
  • Firmware and Software Countermeasures
  • Case Study: Protecting MQTT Messaging
  • Guidelines to Prevent IoT Vulnerability Defects
  • Protecting Data in Transit
  • Preventing Unauthorized Use of Messaging Services

Topic C: Manage IoT Safety Risks

  • Physical/Loss of Life Accidents
  • Infrastructure Outages
  • Supply Chain Risks
  • IoT Safety Risk Management
  • Identifying Safety Risks and Remediations

Topic A: Identify Real World Applications for IoT

  • IoT Market Sectors
  • Smart City
  • Industry
  • Buildings
  • Connected Cars
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Health, Medical, and Life Science
  • Supply Chain
  • Agriculture
  • Retail
  • Defense
  • Connected Services
  • Guidelines for Using IoT to Solve Problems
  • Using IoT to Solve Problems

Topic B: Follow the IoT Development Lifecycle

  • Complexity of IoT Projects
  • The IoT Development Lifecycle
  • Return on Investment
  • Focus on Business Goals
  • Cybersecurity Throughout the IoT Lifecycle
  • Guidelines to Prepare for an IoT Initiative
  • Preparing for an IoT Initiative

Course Reviews


Vinsys has the right trainers and provides an optimum learning environment to enhance learning. The entire team is highly focused on delivering training to its candidates in a precise manner with an ample amount of subject discussion, interaction, and practical skill development. Internet of Things training at Vinsys is a fun learning and highly productive experience with so many real case studies and enthusiastic discussions.

The Certified IoT Practitioner certification is extremely worth your time as it evaluates your core grasp of crucial concepts and components that constitute an IoT ecosystem. With IoT professionals in-demand, this course is definitely a good start for you.

This Certified IoT Practitioner (CIoTP) certificate is offered by CertNexus.

The Certified Internet of Things exam will certify that the successful candidate has the foundational knowledge of IoT concepts, technologies, and tools that will enable them to become a capable IoT practitioner in a wide variety of IoT-related job functions.


Exam Code: ITP-110

Format: Multiple choice/Multiple response

Duration: 120 minutes (including 5 minutes for Candidate Agreement and 5 minutes for Pearson VUE tutorial)

No. of questions: 100

Passing Score: 60-61% (depending on exam form)