To support the growing need for CCNA and other IT professional certifications for Cisco products, several schools have accepted the Cisco technology curriculum. Cisco Systems offers a long list of products and services and does employ people with excellent knowledge in this particular part of the IT industry. It has maintained a specific curriculum of courses aimed at educating and training future personnel about Cisco systems and products. Cisco Career Certifications are awarded to those who have successfully passed the exams.
Several courses must be completed in order to be qualified to take the CCNA exam. These are CCNA courses 1-4 which are equivalent to 280 hours of instruction. These will provide the student the basic foundation in networking, and includes teaching students how to design, build and maintain networks capable of supporting the structure of national and global organizations. Incorporated in these courses would be hands-on application by allowing students to work on actual networks. CCNA courses are available in colleges and universities, and usually cover one full year per course.
CCNA courses are best understood and absorbed when presented through on-line learning and testing, with instructor-led training and hands-on laboratory exercises. Online courses provide the student with knowledge about the actual operation of networks. Since the courses are vendor neutral, they are also taught about maintaining non-Cisco networks as well. With the course, they gain a general view of networking which starts with design and goes up to troubleshooting networks. On the other hand, instructor-led CCNA courses give the student the opportunity to learn more about computers, design, configuration, installation, management, maintenance and troubleshooting, with the aid of an instructor. The availability of laboratory facilities and the instructors who are at hand help students learn better and faster.