What is CCNA certification?
CCNA (Certified Cisco Networking Associate) is an Information Technology (IT) certification offered by Cisco System, a popular tech company based in the US and working internationally. Cisco is famously known as a global manufacturer and vendor of networking hardware such as switches, routers, wireless devices, and other high-tech equipment. They also provide non-networking related products like security systems, video conferencing systems and cloud computing systems to name a few.
The CCNA R&S opens up numerous possibilities for networking professionals in their career as well as in terms of knowledge and skill set. Cisco also holds a huge share of the networking market and numerous corporates use their products and services. This is why candidates who are well versed in using Cisco’s technology will always be preferred by employers over non-certificate holders.
Cisco also offers professional certifications in Cisco products at five levels- Entry level, Associate level, Professional level, Expert level and finally Architect level.
The CCNA is a foundation level certification, one level above the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) and below the CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional).
The CCNA Certification validates a candidate’s abilities to install, operating and troubleshooting a small or medium-sized networking system. In keeping with the evolution of the tech industry and the newly emerging job roles, Cisco provides the Associate level certifications in nine subspecialties namely:
- Routing and Switching
- Service Provider
- Data Centre
- Cyber Ops
What is CCNA Routing and Switching?
The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) is a professional certification for people who wish to make a career in the networking sector. This Associate certificate is a foundation level certification that validates the holder’s ability to install, use and troubleshoot varied Cisco products. In keeping with the evolving job roles in the IT industry, the CCNA is offered in multiple tracks. This change was implemented in 2013 and the current CCNA Routing and Switching track is the most similar to the pre-2013 CCNA certification. It certifies the holder’s core networking skills and knowledge and adds to their professional credibility considerably.
CCNA Routing and Switching Certificate validate candidates skills related to networking fundamentals, IP Addressing, OSI Model, LAN switching, IPv4 and IPv6 routing, WAN technologies and much more.
CCNA Examination Details:
In order to get this certification, candidates are required to either pass the 200-125 CCNA exam or the 100-105 ICND1 and 200-105 ICND2 both. Cisco has prescribed no formal prerequisites for the CCNA R&S.
Number of Questions Asked in Exam
Types of Questions
Multiple-choice, single-answer, multiple-answer
Drag-and-drop & Fill-in-the-blank
Testlet & Simlet
In order to ensure that a certificate holder is up-to-date on the latest trends in networking, the CCNA R&S certification is valid for a period of three years and must be recertified after that. The candidate may do so by giving any of the recertification exams prescribed by Cisco.
- What is a Network
- What is Internet
- How Internet works
- OSI Model
- TCP/IP Model
- Local area network (LAN)
- Wide area network
- Ethernet & Ethernet frame
- MAC & IP addresses
- Unicast, multicast, and broadcast addresses
- Network devices
- Half duplex and full duplex
- IEEE Ethernet standards
- Cisco three-layer hierarchical model