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Cisco certification is the edge you need to jump-start your IT career. From the fundamentals of CCNA to CCIE, you can stay in sync with ever-changing technological innovations and further your career with continuous learning.
A Cisco Certified Network Associate is an associate-level certification designed to demonstrate that a candidate understands the fundamentals of networking, including network access, IP connectivity, security basics, and automation and programmability.
The CCNA, which stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate, is Cisco’s foundational certification for networking professionals.
The CCNA is a commonly required prerequisite for associate-level networking jobs such as network engineer, network administrator, network support technician or help desk technician. There used to be 10 CCNA concentrations, specific to cloud, collaboration, security, data centres, wireless, and other areas. Then, in February of 2020, Cisco combined all of its foundational networking certifications into one comprehensive CCNA certification.
The CCNA is one of the top 15 technology certifications that companies seek. And it serves as the starting point for two other Cisco entries on the list of in-demand IT certifications: Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). The CCNA covers three major topics: networking, security, and automation.
Cisco offers general guidelines for content likely to be included in the CCNA exam. Questions related to network fundamentals might require candidates to explain the role and function of network components, for example, and describe the characteristics of different network topology architectures. To demonstrate an understanding of network access, test-takers might be required to configure and verify VLANs, or to configure the components of a wireless LAN access for client connectivity.
Sections on security fundamentals include issues such as: defining key security concepts; configuring device access control using local passwords; configuring Layer 2 security features such as DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection, and port security; and configuring and verifying access control lists.
To demonstrate knowledge of automation and programmability, candidates should be able to compare traditional networks with controller-based networking, for example. Questions might ask test-takers to describe the characteristics of REST-based APIs, and to recognize the capabilities of configuration management mechanisms Puppet, Chef, and Ansible.
A Pearson VUE exam voucher enables you to book and sit your exam at your local Pearson VUE testing centre at a time and date convenient to you. Pearson VUE centres are worldwide, and you will be able to choose the closest testing centre to you. You then go along to the test centre with your photo ID at the specified date and time and you will then take an electronic exam. Your exam voucher will have an expiration date and your exam must be sat before this date as these vouchers cannot be extended.
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