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.

If you intend to serve the networking needs of the (SOHO) Small-Office Home-Office market, or plan to work on networks that possess less than 100 nodes (such as those in small organizations or businesses), then you need to study for and take the CCNA 3 Module 1 exam.

CCNA 3 stands for the first kind of Associate Certification for Cisco products, as studied during the third semester of the whole CCNA training curriculum. Module 1 is the first module to be studied for the third semester and covers Introduction to Classless Routing. There are actually 9 modules to be studied for the third semester in the CCNA training schedule.

The prerequisites of taking CCNA 3 training is to go through CCNA 1 and CCNA 2 first (meaning, you have to take the first two semesters of the CC NA curriculum first.)  A student who wants to complete all four semesters of the CCNA program should first be able to: prove basic literacy in computers and Internet usage and functions; have proficiency in binary math, computer hardware, and basic electronics; and a certain degree of knowledge of basic cabling.
The jobs that a CCNA certified individual qualifies for would be: front-liner at a network help desk; network administration; network engineering; and network technician.  Of course, all these positions would be concerned with their respective proficiencies in Cisco products only. It does not mean that if you pass CCNA certification that you are proficient in other types of networking products from other developers. But if you want to get certified for other types of networking products offered by other developers, that would be a plus in your favor.

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