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Introduction to CCNA  Certification

CCNA stands for Cisco certified network associate (routing and switching certification). According to Cisco, CCNA certification certifies and validates your ability/skills/knowledge to operate Cisco networks. CISCO is an American based networking MNC that supplies telecommunications hardware.

So if you are a tech savvy person or enjoys math/computers, this exam can boost your career and propel it in the IT sector. Once you’ve figured your true calling rings in networking domain you got to understand the whereabouts of CCNA exams, its likes, and certification. This article will help you to get a thorough know-how of the same.

Introduction to CCNA Routing and Switching (R&S)

As Enterprises migrate toward controller-based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and are more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next-generation technologies

CCNA Routing and Switching Exam

Prerequisites to writing CCNA exam:

The CCNA certification is actually at the foundational level of Cisco’s hierarchy of certifications, so there are no technical prerequisites for the CCNA exam. This means that you do not have to take any previous exams before you can qualify as CCNA-certified. However, there are age restrictions for any Cisco certification which are as follows:

  1. Under 13 years — Cannot sit for the exam even with parental consent
  2. 13-17 years — Can sit for the exam with parental consent
  3. 18 years and above — No age restrictions

 

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX) v3.0

This course consists of two courses merged into a single course:

  1. Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices – Part 1 (ICND1)
  2. Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices – Part 2 (ICND2)

The Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 (ICND1) course helps you prepare for the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching and CCENT certifications and for associate-level routing and switching network engineering roles.

Course Duration

  • Instructor-led training: 5 days with hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 5 days of web-based classes with hands-on lab practice
  • E-learning: Equivalent of 5 days of instruction with hands-on lab practice
Where to Take the CCNA Test

You can directly Visit Nearest Pearson VUE Centre and apply.

Certification exams are offered at locations throughout the world. To register for an exam, contact Pearson VUE, the authorized test delivery partner of Cisco, who will administer the exam in a secure, proctored environment.

Decide which exam to take, noting the exam name and number and gather personal information prior to exam registration i.e.,

  1. Legal name (from Government issued ID)
  2. Cisco Certification ID (i.e. CSCO00000001) or Test ID number
  3. Company name
  4. Valid email address
  5. Method of payment

Pearson VUE is the Cisco authorized test delivery partner. You can register online, by telephone, or by walk-in (where available).

Score Required to pass the CCNA Test

The first is you can take the single200-120 CCNA composite exam and obtain your CCNA Routing & Switching by passing one exam.

CCNA Exam Fee

The price that you have to pay for the CCNA exam is around 325 USD. If you want to earn a CCNA degree by appearing for ICND1 and ICND2, then it will cost you 330 USD as the fee for each ICND is 162 USD.

CCNA Routing and Switching Job Role & Salary

CCNA certification can be handy for people holding the following post:

  • Network administrators
  • Network support engineers
  • Network engineer associates
  • Network specialists
  • Network analysts
After taking this CCNA Course, you should be able to
  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs
  • Establish Internet connectivity
  • Manage and secure network devices
  • Operate a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches, supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Troubleshoot IP connectivity
  • Describe how to configure and troubleshoot Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) in an IPv4 environment, and configure EIGRP for IPv6
  • Configure and troubleshoot Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) in an IPv4 environment and configure OSPF for IPv6
  • Define the characteristics, functions, and components of a WAN
  • Describe how device management can be implemented
  • Understand QoS, virtualization and cloud services, and network programmability related to WAN, access, and core segments.

CCNA Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite to taking the test as such. However, it is recommended that you have the following knowledge and skills before taking this course:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation
  • Basic Internet usage
  • Basic IP addressing
  • Good understanding of network fundamentals

Outline

  1. Building a Simple Network
    • Exploring the Functions of Networking
    • Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model
    • Introducing LANs
    • Operating Cisco IOS Software
    • Starting a Switch
    • Understanding Ethernet and Switch Operation
    • Troubleshooting Common Switch Media Issues
  2. Establishing Internet Connectivity
    • Understanding the TCP/IP Internet Layer
    • Understanding IP Addressing and Subnets
    • Understanding the TCP/IP Transport Layer
    • Exploring the Functions of Routing
    • Configuring a Cisco Router
    • Exploring the Packet Delivery Process
    • Enabling Static Routing
    • Learning Basics of Access Control Lists (ACLs)
    • Enabling Internet Connectivity
  3. Summary Challenge
    • Establish Internet Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Internet Connectivity
  4. Implementing Scalable Medium-Sized Networks
    • Implementing and Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks
    • Building Redundant Switched Topologies
    • Improving Redundant Switched Topologies with Ether Channel
    • Routing Between VLANs
    • Using a Cisco IOS Network Device as a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server
    • Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy
    • Implementing Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v2
  5. Introducing IPv6
    • Introducing Basic IPv6
    • Understanding IPv6 Operation
    • Configuring IPv6 Static Routes
  6. Troubleshooting Basic Connectivity
    • Troubleshooting IPv4 Network Connectivity
    • Troubleshooting IPv6 Network Connectivity
  7. Implementing Network Device Security
    • Securing Administrative Access
    • Implementing Device Hardening
    • Implementing Advanced Security
  8. Implementing an EIGRP-Based Solution
    • Implementing EIGRP
    • Implementing EIGRP for IPv6
    • Troubleshooting EIGRP
  9. Summary Challenge
    • Troubleshooting a Medium-Sized Network
    • Troubleshooting a Scalable Medium-Sized Network
  10. Implement a Scalable OSPF-Based Solution
    • Understanding OSPF
    • Implementing Multi-area OSPF IPv4
    • Implementing OSPFv3 for IPv6
    • Troubleshooting Multi-area OSPF
  11. Implementing Wide Area Networks
    • Understanding WAN Technologies
    • Understanding Point-to-Point Protocols
    • Configuring Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Tunnels
    • Configuring Single-Homed External Border Gateway Protocol (EBGP)
  12. Network Device Management
    • Implementing Basic Network Device Management
    • Learning About the Evolution of Intelligent Networks
    • Introducing QoS
    • Managing Cisco Devices
    • Licensing
  13. Summary Challenge
    • Troubleshooting Scalable Multi-area Network
    • Implementing and Troubleshooting Scalable Multi-area Network

Lab outline

  • Get Started with Cisco Command-Line Interface (CLI)
  • Perform Basic Switch Configuration
  • Observe How a Switch Operates
  • Troubleshoot Switch Media and Port Issues
  • Inspect TCP/IP Applications
  • Start with Cisco Router Configuration
  • Configure the Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Configure Default Gateway
  • Explore Packet Forwarding
  • Configure and Verify Static Routes
  • Configure and Verify ACLs
  • Configure a Provider-Assigned IP Address
  • Configure Static Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Configure Dynamic NAT and Port Address Translation (PAT)
  • Troubleshoot NAT
    • Summary Challenge Lab 1
    • Summary Challenge Lab 2
  • Configure VLAN and Trunk
  • Troubleshoot VLAN and Trunk Issues
  • Configure Root Bridge and analyze Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) Topology
  • Troubleshoot STP Issues
  • Configure and Verify Ether Channel
  • Configure a Router on a Stick
  • Configure a Cisco Router as a DHCP Server
  • Troubleshoot DHCP Issues
  • Configure and Verify Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  • Troubleshoot HSRP
  • Configure and Verify RIPv2
  • Troubleshoot RIPv2
    • Implementing RIPv2
  • Configure Basic IPv6 Connectivity
  • Configure IPv6 Static Routes
    • Implement IPv6 Static Routing
  • Use Troubleshooting Tools
  • Configure SPAN
  • Configure and Verify IPv4 Extended Access Lists
  • Troubleshoot IPv4 Network Connectivity
    • Challenge 5: Troubleshoot IPv4 Connectivity
  • Configure and Verify IPv6 Extended Access Lists
  • Troubleshoot IPv6 Network Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot IPv6 Connectivity
  • Enhance Security of Initial Configuration
  • Limit Remote Access Connectivity
    • Securing Device Administrative Access
  • Configure and Verify Port Security
  • Configure and Verify the Network Time Protocol (NTP)
    • Implementing Device Hardening
  • Configure External Authentication Using Remote Access Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) and Terminal Access Controller Access Control Service Plus (TACACS+)
  • Configure and Verify EIGRP
  • Configure and Verify EIGRP for IPv6
  • Troubleshoot EIGRP Issues
    • Troubleshoot EIGRP
    • Summary Challenge Lab 3
    • Summary Challenge Lab 4
  • Configure and Verify Single-Area OSPF
  • Configure and Verify Mult- area OSPF
  • Configure and Verify OSPFv3
  • Troubleshoot Multi-area OSPF
    • Troubleshoot OSPF
  • Configure Serial Interface and Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
  • Configure and Verify MLP
  • Configure and Verify a Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) Client
  • Configure and Verify a GRE Tunnel
  • Configure and Verify Single-Homed EBGP
    • Implement Single-Homed EBGP
  • Configure Syslog
After taking this  CCNA course, you should be able to
  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs
  • Establish Internet connectivity
  • Manage and secure network devices
  • Expand small to medium-sized networks
  • Describe IPv6 basics

Prerequisites

We recommend but do not require that you have the following knowledge and skills before taking this course:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic knowledge of IP addressing

Outline

  • Simple Network
    • Exploring the Functions of Networking
    • Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model
    • Introducing LANs
    • Operating Cisco IOS Software
    • Starting a Switch
    • Understanding Ethernet and Switch Operation
    • Troubleshooting Common Switch Media Issues
  • Internet Connectivity
    • Understanding the TCP/IP Internet Layer
    • Understanding IP Addressing and Subnets
    • Understanding the TCP/IP Transport Layer
    • Exploring the Functions of Routing
    • Configuring a Cisco Router
    • Exploring the Packet Delivery Process
    • Enabling Static Routing
    • Learning the Basics of ACL
    • Enabling Internet Connectivity
  • Summary Challenge 1
    • Establish Internet Connectivity
    • Troubleshoot Internet Connectivity
  • Medium-Sized Network
    • Implementing VLANs and Trunk
    • Routing Between VLANs
    • Using a Cisco IOS Network Device as a DHCP Server
    • Implementing RIPv2
  • Network Device Management and Security
    • Securing Administrative Access
    • Implementing Device Hardening
    • Configuring System Message Logging
    • Managing Cisco Devices
    • Licensing
  • Summary Challenge 2
    • Implement a Medium-Sized Network
    • Troubleshoot a Medium-Sized Network
  • IPv6 Overview
    • Introducing Basic IPv6
    • Understanding IPv6 Operation
    • Configuring IPv6 Static Routes

Lab outline

  • Get Started with Cisco CLI
  • Perform Basic Switch Configuration
  • Observe How a Switch Operates
  • Troubleshoot Switch Media and Port Issues
  • Inspect TCP/IP Applications
  • Start with Cisco Router Configuration
  • Configure the Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Configure Default Gateway
  • Explore Packet Forwarding
  • Configure and Verify Static Routes
  • Configure and Verify ACLs
  • Configure a Provider-Assigned IP Address
  • Configure Static NAT
  • Configure Dynamic NAT and PAT
  • Troubleshoot NAT
  • Configure VLAN and Trunk
  • Configure a Router on a Stick
  • Configure a Cisco Router as a DHCP Server
  • Troubleshoot DHCP Issues
  • Configure and Verify RIPv2
  • Troubleshoot RIPv2
  • Enhance Security of Initial Configuration
  • Limit Remote Access Connectivity
  • Configure and Verify Port Security
  • Configure and Verify NTP
  • Configure Syslog
  • Configure Basic IPv6 Connectivity
  • Configure IPv6 Static Routes
  • Implement IPv6 Static Routing
  • Operate a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches, supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Troubleshoot IP connectivity
  • Describe how to configure and troubleshoot Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) in an IPv4 environment, and configure EIGRP for IPv6
  • Configure and troubleshoot Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) in an IPv4 environment and configure OSPF for IPv6
  • Define the characteristics, functions, and components of a WAN
  • Describe how device management can be implemented

Prerequisites

We recommend that you have the following skills and knowledge before taking this course:

  • Understanding of network fundamentals
  • Ability to implement LANs
  • Proficiency in implementing Internet connectivity
  • Basic network management skills
  • Basic network security skills
  • Ability to implement basic IPv6 connectivity

Outline

  1. Implementation of Scalable Medium-Sized Networks
    • Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity
    • Building Redundant Switched Topologies
    • Improving Redundant Switched Topologies with Ether Channel
    • Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy
  2. Troubleshoot Basic Connectivity
    • Troubleshooting IPv4 Network Connectivity
    • Troubleshooting IPv6 Network Connectivity
  3. Implementation of an EIGRP-Based Solution
    • Implementing EIGRP
    • Implementing EIGRP for IPv6
    • Troubleshooting EIGRP
  4. Summary Challenge 1
    • Implementing and Troubleshooting Scalable Medium-Sized Networks, Part 1
    • Implementing and Troubleshooting Scalable Medium-Sized Networks, Part 2
  5. Implementation of a Scalable OSPF-Based Solution
    • Understanding OSPF
    • Implementing Multi-area OSPF IPv4
    • Implementing OSPFv3 for IPv6
    • Troubleshooting Multiarea OSPF
  6. Wide-Area Networks
    • Understanding WAN Technologies
    • Understanding Point-to-Point Protocols
    • Configuring GRE Tunnels
    • Configuring Single-Homed EBGP
  7. Network Device Management
    • Implementing Basic Network Device Management and Security
    • Learning About the Evolution of Intelligent Networks
    • Introducing QoS
  8. Summary Challenge 2
    • Implementing and Troubleshooting a Scalable Multiarea Network, Part 1
    • Implementing and Troubleshooting a Scalable Multiarea Network, Part 2

Lab outline

  • Troubleshoot VLAN and Trunk Issues
  • Configure Root Bridge and Analyse STP Topology
  • Configure and Verify Ether Channel
  • Configure and Verify HSRP
  • Troubleshoot HSRP
  • Use Troubleshooting Tools
  • Configure SPAN
  • Configure and Verify IPv4 Extended Access Lists
  • Troubleshoot IPv4 Network Connectivity
  • Configure and Verify IPv6 Extended Access Lists
  • Troubleshoot IPv6 Network Connectivity
  • Configure and Verify EIGRP
  • Configure and Verify EIGRP for IPv6
  • Troubleshoot EIGRP Issues
  • Configure and Verify Single-Area OSPF
  • Configure and Verify Multiarea OSPF
  • Configure and Verify OSPFv3
  • Troubleshoot Multiarea OSPF
  • Configure Serial Interface and PPP
  • Configure and Verify MLP
  • Configure and Verify a PPPoE Client
  • Configure and Verify a GRE Tunnel
  • Configure and Verify Single-Homed EBGP
  • Configure External Authentication Using RADIUS and TACACS+
  • Configure SNMP

 

CCNA Job Title and Salary

The following matrix depicts the typical job titles that CCNA cert holders possess, as well as their level of salary with that specific title.

 

 Job Title

Salary

Network Engineer $71,238.00
Senior Network Engineer $96,661.00
Network Administrator $59,960.00
IT Manager $81,636.00
Systems Administrator $62,451.00
IT Director $98,292.00
Systems Engineer $70,357.00

Upon examination of this table, it appears that those CCNA cert holders that command the highest salaries have some sort of managerial title. This simply means that if you want to max out the potential of your CCNA in terms of financial earnings, you should ultimately strive for this kind of role. Of course, this will take time depending upon where you are at in Networking career; but the CCNA will be a great catalyst in helping you to achieve a managerial title.

Of course, another very important factor which will have a huge impact on your job prospects with a CCNA is the geographic location in which you work. This will be further examined in the next section.

CCNA Job Opportunities in Hyderabad

It is not unknown that Hyderabad is the IT hub of India. Skilled people from IT related networking background like IT/Software/Computer Science Engineers from other cities get recruited and placed in Hyderabad.

Job Opportunities in India

India is among the countries, which are becoming the network hub of the world so the demand of CCNA professionals is before to increase. Many networking giants like CISCO, IBM, British TelecomCisco already stepped in the Indian market and others are planning to step in the near future. There are plenty of jobs available for a CCNA certified and trained professional.

The scope of CCNA R&S  is also depended on CCNA  cert you choose. The scope of CCNA  R&S as the security of data is the most important concern for every organization. If you are planning to pursue any other CISCO certification like CCNP R&S and CCNP Security you’ll have to prepare for CCNA R&S first. Therefore CCNA R&S is the prerequisite for all CISCO courses. If we compare the CCNA course with any other

The IT-related domain such as Software Engineer or Website Development, CCNA is a better alternative for B.Tech/BCA/MCA students as they have an edge in technical knowledge over others leading them to have a clear path set for UP graduation. After completion of CCNA course you can do CCNP and CCIE.

Overall CCNA Job Opportunities in Future

As has been described in this article, it is the networking component which is one of the most crucial aspects of an IT Infrastructure. Therefore, the need for well-trained IT professionals, such as those holding the CCNA certification, will continue to be high. This is because they will be needed in order to keep data centres safe and secure from the constantly changing cybersecurity threat landscape.

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