Cisco Certified Network Associate (Cisco CCNA) Certification

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What is the Cisco CCNA Certification?
The CCNA certification (Cisco Certified Network Associate) is a very popular range of Cisco networking certifications aimed at intermediate network technicians. As the next step up from Cisco's foundation-level network offerings (the CCT or CCENT certifications), CCNA candidates should be able to successfully carry out any number of essential networking maintenance and troubleshooting duties such as installing, configuring and operating LAN, WAN and dial access services for small to medium sized networks. Additionally, good working knowledge of topics such as IP, EIGRP, Frame Relay, VLAN’s, Ethernet and Access Control Lists is required, just to name a few.

While the core CCNA credential focuses on Routing and Switching, there are a variety of specialist CCNA qualifications that are offered for candidates who wish to specialise in certain areas of technology:
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Service Provider Operations
  • CCNA Video
  • CCNA Voice
  • CCNA Wireless
The CCNA series of certifications cover 8 of the 9 available 'Associate-level' credentials offered by Cisco (the 'Associate level' is the second tier of a 5 tier certification pyramid), so advancement up the Cisco certification ladder depends largely on acquiring a CCNA certification of some description.
Who is the Cisco CCNA for?
The CCNA certification is aimed toward those with at least intermediate-level networking experience and knowledge. Candidates with little or no prior experience should perhaps consider an entry-level networking certification (such as Cisco's CCT or CCENT certifications or CompTIA’s Network+) as a stepping stone to the CCNA certification. The typical target market for the CCNA qualification is network specialists, network administrators and technicians, and support engineers with between one and three years on-the-job network experience. Candidates who become CCNA qualified will have the technical knowledge and experience to install, configure, operate and support/troubleshoot small-to-medium sized routed and switched networks.
What are the prerequisites ?
While there are no pre-requisites for the CCNA certification, it should not be considered an entry-level networking certification. The CCNA itself can (but not necessarily) act as a prerequisite to more advanced Cisco certifications, such as the CCNP, CCSP and the CCIE, as well as the specialist versions of the CCNA.
How do I earn the Cisco CCNA certification?
That depends on the CCNA track that you wish to pursue. Click on the respective link below for more information about each of the individual CCNA tracks.