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CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

What is CCNA?

The CCNA certification has been devised by CISCO and stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate. The certificate validates a professional’s ability to understand, configure, operate, configure and troubleshoot medium-level switched and routed networks and also includes the verification and implementation of connections via remote sites using WAN.

What You Learn Eventually

The core of CCNS certification is passing a 90-minute written test. CISCO doesn’t place any prerequisites for taking up the exam. However, there are various institutions that offer formal training to students appearing for the exam. The broad sets of topics covered under CCNA certification include:

  • WAN and LAN design
  • OSI models
  • IP addressing
  • VLAN and WLAN
  • Routers / routing protocols (includes EIGRP, RIP and OSPF)
  • Network security and management (ACL included)
Apart from the core CCNA certification, CISCO also provides specialized certifications like CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless and CCNA Security. These recognize the individual’s specific expertise in the corresponding area of computer networking.

The onetime CCNA certification is valid for three years after which candidates need to re-establish their qualification. This is in view of the constantly changing technology and software upgrades. Furthermore, candidates can also sit for advanced CCNA exams devised for networking professionals and includes the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification.

The Advantages of being CCNA Certified

CCNA is easily one of the most valued and vouched IT certifications across the globe. Till date, more than a million candidates have taken and passed the CCNA certification and each one is well placed in his/her area of specialization. CCNA certification benefits both the employer and the employee. It is proven that the certification can bring about an enormous change in career path while acquiring valuable skills all through the way.

Burst of Knowledge

While CCNA doesn’t require any set educational or professional qualification, studying for the exam will surely increase your understanding and knowledge of the core networking concepts. Even people with years of experience working in a networking position will find the training beneficial. While it is true that nothing can really replace real world experiences, books and study materials covering CCNA chapters will keep you updated with the latest advancements in the industry.