CCNA Certification and Training Program

The new exam goes live on February 24, 2020

Achieving CCNA certification is the first step in preparing for a career in IT technologies. To earn CCNA certification, you pass one exam that covers a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers, based on the latest networking technologies, software development skills, and job roles.

What can you expect?

The new CCNA program is designed to prepare you for today’s associate-level job roles in IT technologies.

CCNA now includes security and automation and programmability.

The program has one certification that covers a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers, with one exam and one training course to help you prepare.

Newly retooled for the latest technologies and job roles, the CCNA training course and exam give you the foundation you need to take your career in any direction.

Course Outline

The key to this CCNA training course are the countless configuration and troubleshooting examples. You will quickly learn how to be ready for any exam simulation and real world scenarios.

Network Fundamentals

Lesson 01: Role and function of network components

  • Routers
  • L2 and L3 switches
  • Next-generation firewalls and IPS
  • Access points
  • Controllers (Cisco DNA Center and WLC)
  • Endpoints
  • Servers

Lesson 02: Characteristics of network topology architectures

  • 2 tier
  • 3 tier
  • Spine-leaf
  • WAN
  • Small office/home office (SOHO)
  • On-premises and cloud

Lesson 03: Physical interface and cabling types

  • Single-mode fiber, multimode fiber, copper
  • Connections (Ethernet shared media and point-to-point)
  • Concepts of PoE

Lesson 04: Interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, mismatch duplex, and/or speed)

Lesson 05: Compare TCP to UDP

Lesson 06: Configure and verify IPv4 addressing and subnetting

Lesson 07: Describe the need for private IPv4 addressing

Lesson 08: Configure and verify IPv6 addressing and prefix

Lesson 09: Compare IPv6 address types

  • Global unicast
  • Unique local
  • Link local
  • Anycast
  • Multicast
  • Modified EUI 64

Lesson 10: Verify IP parameters for Client OS (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)

Lesson 11: Wireless principles

  • Non-overlapping Wi-Fi channels
  • SSID
  • RF
  • Encryption

Lesson 12: Virtualization fundamentals (virtual machines)

Lesson 13: Switching concepts

  • MAC learning and aging
  • Frame switching
  • Frame flooding
  • MAC address table
Network Access

Lesson 01: Configure and verify VLANs (normal range) spanning multiple switches

  • Access ports (data and voice)
  • Default VLAN
  • Connectivity

Lesson 02: Configure and verify inter-switch connectivity

  • Trunk ports
  • 802.1Q
  • Native VLAN

Lesson 03: Configure and verify Layer 2 discovery protocols (Cisco Discovery Protocol and LLDP)

Lesson 04: Configure and verify (Layer 2/Layer 3) EtherChannel (LACP)

Lesson 05: Describe the need for and basic operations of Rapid PVST+ Spanning Tree Protocol and identify basic operations

  • Root port, root bridge (primary/secondary), and other port names
  • Port states (forwarding/blocking)
  • PortFast benefits

Lesson 06: Compare Cisco Wireless Architectures and AP modes

Lesson 07: Describe physical infrastructure connections of WLAN components (AP, WLC, access/trunk ports, and LAG)

Lesson 08: Describe AP and WLC management access connections (Telnet, SSH, HTTP, HTTPS, console, and TACACS+/RADIUS)

Lesson 09: Configure the components of a wireless LAN access for client   connectivity using GUI only such as WLAN creation, security settings, QoS profiles, and advanced WLAN settings

IP Connectivity

Lesson 01: Interpret the components of the routing table

  • Routing protocol code
  • Prefix
  • Network mask
  • Next hop
  • Administrative distance
  • Metric
  • Gateway of last resort

Lesson 02: Determine how a router makes a forwarding decision by default

  • Longest match
  • Administrative distance
  • Routing protocol metric

Lesson 03: Configure and verify IPv4 and IPv6 static routing

  • Default route
  • Network route
  • Host route
  • Floating static

Lesson 04: Configure and verify single area OSPFv2

  • Neighbour adjacencies
  • Point-to-point
  • Broadcast (DR/BDR selection)
  • Router ID

Lesson 05: Describe the purpose of first-hop redundancy protocol

IP Services

Lesson 01: Configure and verify inside source NAT using static and pools

Lesson 02: Configure and verify NTP operating in a client and server mode

Lesson 03: Explain the role of DHCP and DNS within the network

Lesson 04: Explain the function of SNMP in network operations

Lesson 05: Describe the use of Syslog features including facilities and levels

Lesson 06: Configure and verify DHCP client and relay

Lesson 07: Explain the forwarding per-hop behavior (PHB) for QoS such as classification, marking, queuing, congestion, policing, shaping

Lesson 08: Configure network devices for remote access using SSH

Lesson 09: Describe the capabilities and function of TFTP/FTP in the network

Security Fundamentals

Lesson 01: Define key security concepts (threats, vulnerabilities, exploits, and mitigation techniques)

Lesson 02: Describe security program elements (user awareness, training, and physical access control)

Lesson 03: Configure device access control using local passwords

Lesson 04: Describe security password policies elements, such as management, complexity, and password alternatives (multifactor authentication, certificates, and biometrics)

Lesson 05: Describe remote access and site-to-site VPNs

Lesson 06: Configure and verify access control lists

Lesson 07: Configure Layer 2 security features (DHCP snooping, dynamic ARP inspection, and port security)

Lesson 08: Differentiate authentication, authorization, and accounting concepts

Lesson 09: Describe wireless security protocols (WPA, WPA2, and WPA3)

Lesson 10: Configure WLAN using WPA2 PSK using the GUI

Automation and Programmability

Lesson 01: Explain how automation impacts network management

Lesson 02: Compare traditional networks with controller-based networking

Lesson 03: Describe controller-based and software-defined architectures (overlay, underlay, and fabric)

  • 6.3.a Separation of control plane and data plane
  • 6.3.b North-bound and south-bound APIs

Lesson 04: Compare traditional campus device management with Cisco DNA Center enabled device management

Lesson 05: Describe characteristics of REST-based APIs (CRUD, HTTP verbs, and data encoding)

Lesson 06: Recognize the capabilities of configuration management mechanisms Puppet, Chef, and Ansible

Lesson 07: Interpret JSON encoded data


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Frequently asked questions.

Is the training course content aligned with Cisco CCNA exams?
No. But we give practice test which will be useful during the actual exams,
Will I get access to Practice Lab hands-on exercises with the training?
Yes, we provide CCNA training with Practice Lab hands-on experience.
I’d like to learn more about this training program. Whom should I contact?
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