To qualify for a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA Certification) a candidate must undergo four semesters of training in a CCNA course. A standard outline of course of study (or Syllabus for CCNA) is being followed in all CCNA training schools. However, some schools give additional support studies to better improve the quality of learning, but in overall content it still the same.
CCNA Semester 1 course is an introduction to the Cisco Networking Academy Program regarding the networking field. The program includes the following course outline: Introduction to Networking; Networking Fundamentals; Networking Media; Cable Testing; Cabling LANs and WANs; Ethernet Fundamentals, Technologies and Switching; TCP/IP protocol Suite and IP addressing; Routing fundamentals and subnets; and TCP/IP Transport and Application Layer.
CCNA Semester 2 course is made to develop skills in how to configure a router, manage Cisco IOS Software, configure routing protocol on routers, and set the access lists to control access routers. The course outline are as follows: WAN and Routers; Introduction to routers; Configuring routers; Learning about other devices; Managing Cisco IOS Software; Routing and routing protocols; Distance Vectors routing protocols; TCP/IP Suite Error and Control Messages; Basic Routing and Troubleshooting; Intermediate TCP/IP; and Access Control Lists.
CCNA Semester 3 is the study of switching basics and intermediate routing. It includes the following subjects: Introduction to classless routing; Single-Area OSPF; EIGRP; Switching concepts; Switches; Switch configuration; Spanning tree protocol; Virtual LANs; and Virtual Trunking protocol.
And the last, CCNA semester 4, applies the information absorbed from CCNA 1-3 to a network. This is the final step for CCNA exam preparation. The course outline includes: Scaling IP Addresses; WAN Technologies; PPP; ISDN and DDR; Frame relay and Introduction to Network Administration.