What Is CCNA

C isco C ertified N etwork A ssociate (CCNA)

CCNA is well-known certification track by Cisco. As the name indicates, originally, CCNA involved Networks, Routers & Configurations. 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.

Cisco CCNA Certification Updates [as of March 2015]

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 alongwith related exams and prerequisites is given below.

CCNA Certification Tracks & Related Exams

1- CCNA Routing and Switching

Required Exam(s) [ No prerequisites]:

Candidate has the option to either take one composite exam or two separate exams.

     [composite exam]  200-120 CCNA  – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX) 
    100-101 ICND1  – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) 200-101 ICND2  – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

2- CCNA Data Center

Required Exam(s) [ No prerequisites]:

    640-911 DCICN  – Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) 640-916 DCICT  – Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

3- CCNA Security

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

Required Exam(s):

    640-554 IINS  – Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)

4-CCNA Service Provider  (CCNA SP)

Required Exam(s):

    640-875 SPNGN1  – Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 1 (SPNGN1) 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):

    200-001 VIVND  – Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 1 (VIVND1) 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

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):

    640-722 IUWNE   – Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials (IUWNE)

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 syllabus is more important than the rest.

Source: www.whatisccna.com

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