The Cisco Certified Network Associate Exam enables a successful candidate to receive CCNA certification.
This proves that the certified candidate has important knowledge and skills to recognize, connect, configure, and troubleshoot using various Cisco networking devices. He/ she can then work in networking systems for
traditional offices, the home-based market, and small businesses or organizations. Candidates for CCNA accreditation could be anyone from the level of secondary, tertiary, or even doctoral studies.
A set curriculum is provided to candidates to ensure successful accomplishment of all the CCNA exams.
Normally, the whole CCNA series has 4 courses under it which introduces the candidates to the networking field, especially router configuration, and IP addressing. The first of the four courses is Networking Basics which
is taken up during the first semester. At this point, the student-candidate learns the instructions and training in proper maintenance, and usage of networking software, tools and equipments.
In the second semester, the course covers Routers and Routing Basics. Here, students will develop skills on how to manage Cisco IOS software, configure router and routing protocol, and locate access lists to control
access to routers.
In the third semester of study, students will be instructed on Switching Basics & Intermediate Routing. This course will discuss advanced Internet Protocol addressing techniques (inclusive of Virtual LAN protocol (VTP),
Spanning tree protocol (STP), variable length subnet masking (VLSM) and switching configuration.) To accomplish this course is considered an integral step toward CCNA certification.
Last in line would be the WAN Technologies and Sequence course. It details the network and port address translation, dynamic host configuration protocol, frame relay, and network management. This last course will
help the students to explain the logic of any particular stratagem adopted in the first three courses (CCNA 1-3).