What Is CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

CCNA stands for Cisco certified network associate, it is the entry-level certification to enter in the executive certification of the computer networks field.Nowadays CCNA is much more advanced and a diverse set of technologies are involved in its syllabus, in-fact CCNA is not a single certification anymore. CCNA has several variations (or specialized tracks) that one must adopt in order to begin CCNA. The following diagram explains CCNA tracks and their place in Cisco Certification Program.

CCNA

Cisco CCNA Certification Updates [As Of December 2017]

As you can see in the above diagram, CCNA is the Associate Level in Cisco Certification Program and it involves various tracks such as Data Center, Security, Routing & Switching, Collaboration etc.

Note: CCDA is also Associate Level Certification but should not be confused with CCNA.

To Get Started with CCNA Certification Program

Some CCNA tracks like Data Center or  Routing & Switching, have no prerequisites while other tracks like CCNA Security or CCNA Wireless have some prerequisites. Short details of each CCNA track along with related exams and prerequisites are given below.

CCNA Certification Tracks & Related Exams

1- CCNA Routing and Switching

Required Exam(s) [No prerequisites]:

A candidate has the option to either take one of the following exams.

200-125 CCNA v3.0 – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX)

OR

100-105 ICND1 v3.0 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)

And

200-105 ICND2 v3.0 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

2- CCNA Data Center

Required Exam(s) [No prerequisites]:

  1. 200-150 DCICN  – Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  2. 200-155 DCICT – Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies (DCICT)

3- CCNA Security

Prerequisites: [Any valid Cisco CCENT, CCNA Routing, and Switching, or any CCIE certification ]

Required Exam(s):

  1. 210-260 IINS – Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)

4-CCNA Service Provider  (CCNA SP)

Required Exam(s):

  1. 640-875 SPNGN1  – Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 1 (SPNGN1)
  2. 640-878 SPNGN2  – Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 2 (SPNGN2)

5- CCNA Service Provider Operations

  • This track is now expired as of January 31, 2015

6- CCNA Video

Required Exam(s):

  1. 200-001 VIVND  – Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 1 (VIVND1)
  2. 640-461 ICOMM  – Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 2 (VIVND2)

Note: This track is now being retired and the new track is CCNA Collaboration

7- CCNA Voice

Required Exam(s):

  • 640-461 ICOMM  – Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Communications Administration (ICOMM)

Note: This track is now being retired and the new track is CCNA Collaboration

8- CCNA Wireless

Prerequisites: [Any valid Cisco CCENT, CCNA Routing, and Switching or any CCIE certification ]

Required Exam(s):

  • 200-355 WIFUND  – Implementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals (WIFUND)

9- CCNA Collaboration:

Required Exam(s) [No prerequisites]:

  1. 210-060 CICD Implementing Cisco Collaboration Devices (CICD)
  2. 210-065 CIVND:
    • Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 1 (CIVND1)
    • Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 2 (CIVND2)

To prepare for CCNA certification you should study from credible study guides and seek the guidance of certified professionals. One thing that most students often overlook are the practice exams. Practice Exams are important in the final stages of our preparation when you have studied a lot and you want to confirm whether you are ready for the actual exam or not. We all know exam syllabus contains many things that are not important from examination point of view. Practice exams remove this ambiguity and help you validate your knowledge and saves you time & money. So before you start your study for CCNA certification, have a look at free CCNA exam questions from PrepNerds, so that you can know which part of the syllabus is more important than the rest.

         

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