CCNA Certification

CCNA Certification details are available in this article. CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Assiocate is an Information Technology certification from CISCO.CCNA Certification is an associate-level Cisco Career Certification. Cisco created the CCNA to recognize basic competency in installation and support of medium-sized networks.

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification is the second level of Cisco’s five-level career certification process. A CCNA certification certifies a technician’s ability to install, set up, configure, troubleshoot and operate a medium-sized routed and switched computer network. This also includes implementing and verifying connections to a wide area network (WAN).

Types of CCNA Certifications

Cisco expanded the program to cover many other facets of computer networking and network administration, offering certifications at five increasingly demanding levels:

  • Entry, Associate,
  • Professional, Expert, and

Currently, the CCNA Specialized Certifications are listed below ,Please have a look over it

  • CCNA Cloud
  • CCNA Collaboration
  • CCNA Cyber Ops
  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Industrial
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Service Provider
  • CCNA Wireless

The CCNA Certification validates a firm foundation of networking skills that include fundamentals like the OSI Reference Model, Networking Protocols, Layer 2 Switching Concepts and Protocols, Routing Concepts and Protocols, and Wide-Area Networking (WAN) Connectivity. Thus a person who is aiming to qualify for the CCNA certification should be proficient in their abilities to provide basic network installations and troubleshooting.

CCNA Routing and Switching, has served as the most important starting point in the Cisco certification world for decades.There are no prerequisites for the entry level certification.

To achieve CCNA certification one must pass either

  • The ICND1 Exam(100-105) and the ICND2 Exam(200-105)
  • The Combined CCNA Exam(200-125)

CCENT Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician is the entry level exam to get the CCNA Certification later .

For ICND1 exam(Interconnecting Cisco Netwroking devices) Part 1(100-105).The topics for this exam are listed below

1.Network Fundamentals

1.1 Compare and contrast OSI and TCP/IP models

1.2 Compare and contrast TCP and UDP protocols

1.3 Describe the impact of infrastructure components in an enterprise network

  • 3.a Firewalls
  • 3.b Access points
  • 3.c Wireless controllers

1.4 Compare and contrast collapsed core and three-tier architectures

1.5 Compare and contrast network topologies

  • 5.a Star
  • 5.b Mesh
  • 5.c Hybrid

1.6 Select the appropriate cabling type based on implementation requirements

1.7 Apply troubleshooting methodologies to resolve problems

  • 7.a Perform fault isolation and document
  • 7.b Resolve or escalate
  • 7.c Verify and monitor resolution

1.8 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 addressing and subnetting

1.9 Compare and contrast IPv4 address types

  • 9.a Unicast
  • 9.b Broadcast
  • 9.c Multicast

1.10 Describe the need for private IPv4 addressing

1.11 Identify the appropriate IPv6 addressing scheme to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment

1.12 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv6 addressing

1.13 Configure and verify IPv6 Stateless Address Auto Configuration

1.14 Compare and contrast IPv6 address types

  • 14.a Global unicast
  • 14.b Unique local
  • 14.c Link local
  • 14.d Multicast
  • 14.e Modified EUI 64
  • 14.f Autoconfiguration
  • 14.g Anycast

2.LAN Switching Fundamentals

2.1 Describe and verify switching concepts

  • 1.a MAC learning and aging
  • 1.b Frame switching
  • 1.c Frame flooding
  • 1.d MAC address table

2.2 Interpret Ethernet frame format

2.3 Troubleshoot interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, duplex, speed)

2.4 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs (normal range) spanning multiple switches

  • 4.a Access ports (data and voice)
  • 4.b Default VLAN

2.5 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interswitch connectivity

  • 5.a Trunk ports
  • 5.b 802.1Q
  • 5.c Native VLAN
  • 6 Configure and verify Layer 2 protocols
  • 6.a Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • 6.b LLDP

2.7 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot port security

  • 7.a Static
  • 7.b Dynamic
  • 7.c Sticky
  • 7.d Max MAC addresses
  • 7.e Violation actions
  • 7.f Err-disable recovery 

3.Routing Fundamentals

3.1 Describe the routing concepts

  • 1.a Packet handling along the path through a network
  • 1.b Forwarding decision based on route lookup
  • 1.c Frame rewrite

3.2 Interpret the components of routing table

  • 2.a Prefix
  • 2.b Network mask
  • 2.c Next hop
  • 2.d Routing protocol code
  • 2.e Administrative distance
  • 2.f Metric
  • 2.g Gateway of last resort

3.3 Describe how a routing table is populated by different routing information sources

  • 3.a Admin distance

3.4 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inter-VLAN routing

3.4.a Router on a stick

3.5 Compare and contrast static routing and dynamic routing

3.6 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 static routing

  • 6.a Default route
  • 6.b Network route
  • 6.c Host route
  • 6.d Floating static

3.7 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2 for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution)

4.Infrastructure Services

4.1 Describe DNS lookup operation5.Infrastructure Maintenance

4.2 Troubleshoot client connectivity issues involving DNS

4.3 Configure and verify DHCP on a router (excluding static reservations)

  • 4.3.a Server
  • 4.3.b Relay
  • 4.3.c Client

4.3.d TFTP, DNS, and gateway options

4.4 Troubleshoot client- and router-based DHCP connectivity issues

4.5 Configure and verify NTP operating in client/server mode

4.6 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 standard numbered and named access list for routed interfaces

4.7 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inside source NAT

  • 4.7.a Static
  • 4.7.b Pool
  • 4.7.c PAT
5.1 Configure and verify device-monitoring using syslog

5.2 Configure and verify device management

  • 5.2.a Backup and restore device configuration
  • 5.2.b Using Cisco Discovery Protocol and LLDP for device discovery
  • 5.2.c Licensing
  • 5.2.d Logging
  • 5.2.e Timezone
  • 5.2.f Loopback

5.3 Configure and verify initial device configuration

5.4 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic device hardening

5.4.a Local authentication

5.4.b Secure password

5.4.c Access to device

5.4.c. [i] Source address

5.4.c. [ii] Telnet/SSH

5.4.d Login banner

5.5 Perform device maintenance

5.5.a Cisco IOS upgrades and recovery (SCP, FTP, TFTP, and MD5 verify)

5.5.b Password recovery and configuration register

5.5.c File system management

5.6 Use Cisco IOS tools to troubleshoot and resolve problems

  • 5.6.a Ping and traceroute with extended option
  • 5.6.b Terminal monitor
  • 5.6.c Log events

Cisco Certified Network Associate(200-125)

CCNA Routing and Switching (200-125) exam  is a 90 minute composite exam ,contains 60-70 questions assessment that is associated with the CCNA Routing and Switching Certification.This exam tests the candidates knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals.The Topics for this exam are

  • Network Fundamentals
  • LAN Switching Technologies
  • Routing Technologies
  • WAN Technologies
  • Infrastructure Services
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Infrastructure Management 

CCNA Certification is valid only for three years. Renewal requires certification holders to register for and pass any same or higher level Cisco recertification exam(s) again every 3 years. CCNA Certification will help you gain knowledge over Networking.

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