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CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

What is Cisco CCNA Certification ?

CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) is an IT certification from Cisco. CCNA certification is an associate-level Cisco Career certification. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is a certification program in various networking and Service Providing Technolgies utilizing Cisco's Core modules. The most promising Cisco CCNA Training are for Routing and Switching  (CCNA-R&S) and Service Provider (CCNA-SP) for entry-level network engineers. The CCNA Certification helps maximize your understanding the foundations of networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer's network. CCNA Routing and Switching is for Network Specialists, Network Administrators and Network Support Engineers with 1-3 years of work experience. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification validates the ability of the certified network engineer to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

Format of the Cisco CCNA Certification Program

The Cisco exams have changed several times. In 2013, Cisco updated its certification program that "aligns certification and training curricullum with evolving industry job roles". There are now several different types of Cisco-Certified Network Associate, with "CCNA Routing and Switching" being closest to the original CCNA focus; other types of CCNA focus on security, collaboration, datacentres, service providers, video, voice, and wireless.

CCNA Cisco Certification Target Audience

How to Qualify for the Cisco CCNA Certificate

To achieve CCNA Routing and Switching certification, one must earn a passing score on Cisco CCNA exam #200-120, or combined passing scores on both the "Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices" ICND1 #100-101 and ICND2 #200-101 exams. Passing the ICND1 grants one the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification. Passing scores are set by using statistical analysis and are subject to change. At the completion of the exam, candidates receive a score report along with a score breakout by exam section and the passing score for the given exam. Cisco does not publish exam passing scores because exam questions and passing scores are subject to change without notice.

The 200-120 CCNA is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network. The topics include connecting to a WAN; implementing network security; network types; network media; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; extending switched networks with VLANs; determining IP routes; managing IP traffic with access lists; establishing point-to-point connections; and establishing Frame Relay connections.


High Level View of the Topics covered under Cisco's CCNA Certification

Material covered in each Certification Exam of CCNA


  • Network Types,
  • Network Media,
  • Switching Fundamentals,
  • TCP/IP,
  • IP Addressing and Routing,
  • WAN Technologies,
  • Operating and Configuring IOS Devices and
  • Managing Network Environments.


Cisco CCNA - ICND2 covers

  • Extending Switched Networks with VLANS,
  • Determining IP Routes,
  • Managing IP traffic with Access Lists,
  • Establishing Point-to-Point connections and
  • Establishing Frame Relay Connections.


The combined CCNA covers all topics covered under the ICND1 and ICND2.