One of the most popular and sought after entry-level certification exam was recently retired. Last November 6, 2007, the CCNA 640-801 was retired and replaced with the CCNA 640-802 which will defines two parts: the ICND Part1 (640-822 ICND1) and ICND Part2 (640-816 ICND2). The CCNA objectives for this exam is to evaluate and certify a candidate’s skills and knowledge in the installation, operation, configuration, and troubleshooting of all Cisco networks and networking systems and technologies.
The CCNA exam objectives will also cover topics that relate to WAN connection and technologies; network security implementation; types of network; network media; fundamentals of routing and switching; models for TCP/IP and OSI; and proper IP addressing, traffic and access lists.
The CCNA objectives expect the candidate to define the following topics: Description of how a network works and its purpose, functions, components required, protocols, paths and others. Configuring, verifying, and troubleshooting a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications together with basic router operation and routing. Implementing IP addresses and schemes so that the IP services meet small to medium sized enterprise branch office network requirements.
Included also in the CCNA are the following as defined in its objectives: Appropriate WLAN selection, threat identification and mitigation, NAT and ACL implantation, verification, and troubleshooting, and the implementation of WAN links.
The CCNA certification has been a globally recognized certification and is the first step to a fully certified career path in Cisco networking. It is one of the most popular certifications in the IT industry because it tests not only Cisco products but the networking technology in general.