The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an associate- or foundation-level Cisco certification. Credential holders possess skills necessary to perform basic tasks on mid-sized switched and routed networks such as installations, configurations, operations, and troubleshooting, along with the ability to verify WAN connections. At a basic level, a CCNA must also be able to mitigate security threats and understand wireless networking concepts.
• Prerequisite Certification: None
• Recommended Years of Experience/Knowledge: 6 months to 1 year
Typical Job Titles for Certification Holders
Network Engineer • Sr. Network Engineer • Information Technology (IT) • Network Administrator (IT) • Sr. Systems Engineer (Computer Networking/IT)
Typical Job Tasks
CCNA professionals perform functions for mid-sized networks including installation, configuration, and operation for tasks such as connecting to a WAN from a remote location, establishing wireless network access, and protecting from basic security threats. In addition, CCNA professionals work with network related protocols such as IP, Ethernet, VLAN, access control lists (ACLs), Routing Information Protocol V2 (RIPv2), IP, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP).
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CCNA Routing and Switching Cert Track
Option 1: 200-120 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Exam (composite exam)
Option 2: 100-101 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) and 200-101 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)