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CCNA Certification

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

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The CCNA Certification for routing and switching is more challenging than the Cisco CCENT. This certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size router and switched networks.

This includes implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a Wide Area Network (WAN). A candidate with a CCNA usually also may consider an MCSA and MCSE certification from Microsoft.

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How do you earn the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)?

The CCNA certification lets you choose between passing one exam:

1.) 640-802 CCNA

Or two exams:

1.) 640-822 ICND1 (Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 1)

2.) 640-816 ICND2 (Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices 2)

To earn the CCNA.

It is really up to you on which certification path you choose. Note, if you earn the 640-822 ICND1 exam you become CCENT certified and this will help you land an entry-level IT position. Some people like to just take one exam and earn the CCNA right away, but that is a lot of information you would have to cram in your brain at once.

If you go the 2 exams route, then you can split the information and probably learn more since it would require more time to study.

This certification is requires re-certification every 3 years.


The topics covered in the 640-802 CCNA cert exam 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
  • Establishing Frame Relay connections.
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The CCNA is well worth the hard work....


Practice makes perfect! This is especially true with the CCNA certification. It is a challenging exam but not impossible. I am a strong believer that the harder an exam is, then the higher income you deserve and can demand at that job interview. You are worth every penny if an organization is lucky to land you as their employee. 

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The CCNA is well respected in the IT community and it shows your strong dedication and knowledge in Cisco technologies specifically related to routing and switching.

2.) Search and Buy a good book which covers both the ICND1 and ICND2 exams.

Amazon.com has a good inventory of good Cisco Press books. This way you can decide if you will go for the two exam path.

3.) I recommend you invest in some Cisco networking equipment like routers and switches so you can practice with real life scenarios. Cisco equipment can be expensive but don't let that stop you. You can use more affordable models like the Cisco 1841 or Cisco 2811 and get enough training for your certification. Check out eBay for great prices on Cisco lab equipment...

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Keep practicing because it is well worth it!!!!!

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With a CCNA and your associate’s or bachelor’s degree you could end up as a computer network engineer. This is a very promising position and can earn you anywhere from $80,000 to $120,000 a year. For less than $3,000 you can get a great return on investment for that high salary you have always wanted!!!



Register for your exam:

You can schedule your exam and set a deadline to ensure you get a little push towards earning your Cisco CCNA.

Schedule your exam at Pearson VUE.

The Cisco certifications are popular because they provide results!

An individual with any Cisco certification is very dedicated to computer networking and has proven their advance skills to earn that certification. The CCNA is a certification to be proud of.


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