The Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) 3 final exam covers Switching Basics and Intermediate Routing. This exam targets learners whose desire is for technical introduction to the networking field relying on a practical manner of teaching. It is aimed at those students who are enrolled in a community college or are at high school level, and are interested to undergo a career path as network engineers, network help-desk staffs, network administrators and network technicians.

Even when studying the basics of Network Switching and Intermediate Routing, a CCNA 3 exam taker is required to successfully complete the CCNA 2 exam first as well as finish the senior 2 level. It is also beneficial for the exam taker to get experience in computer commands, line interfaces, and also computer hardware. A background in computer programming is also beneficial even though it is not required.

Switching Basics and Intermediate Routing is the third out of four steps to get your Cisco Certified Network Associate accreditation. CCNA 3 focuses in IP addressing techniques for advance Internet protocol. CCNA 3 also tackles VLSM (or Variable Length Subnet Masking); routing protocols like RIP V2, EIGRP and ASPF; configuration of switches in command-line interface; ethernet switching; Virtual LANs; and VTP or VLAN trunking protocol.

Application of CCNA 1 and CCNA 2 are required for the students, meaning the student must fully understand how CNNA 1 and 2 works and the particular strategies on how these are used. The objective of the CCNA 3 exam is to certify the knowledge and skills of the taker in networking for home, office, or small business or organizations that rely on networking.

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