CCNA Exploration

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN.

CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs, Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs).

The Cisco CCNA Exploration curriculum provides a comprehensive overview of networking; from fundamentals to advanced applications and services. It is based on a top-down approach to networking that is popular in many colleges and universities. This course emphasizes theoretical concepts and practical application, while providing opportunities for students to gain the skills and hands-on experience needed to design, install, operate, and maintain networks in small-to-medium businesses, as well as enterprise and service provider environments.

Internationally Recognized Certifications
The international certification for all four semesters of this course is CCNA 640-802
Students can prepare for this certification using Cisco Press Library.

Course Structure
  1. Network Fundamentals
  2. Routing Protocols and Concepts
  3. LAN Switching and Wireless
  4. Accessing the WAN
1) CCNA 1 Exploration - Network Fundamentals
· Chapter 1: Living, Learning, Working, and Playing in a Network-Centric World
· Chapter 2: Communications with Computer Networks and the Internet
· Chapter 3: OSI Application Layer
· Chapter 4: OSI Transport Layer
· Chapter 5: OSI Network Layer and Routing
· Chapter 6: Addressing the Network - IPv4
· Chapter 7: OSI Data Link Layer
· Chapter 8: OSI Physical Layer
· Chapter 9: Ethernet
· Chapter 10: Planning and Cabling Your Network
· Chapter 11: Configuring and Testing Your Network
2) CCNA 2 Exploration - Routing Protocols and Concepts
· Chapter 1: Introduction to Routing and Packet Forwarding
· Chapter 2: Static Routes
· Chapter 3: Introduction to Dynamic Routing Protocols
· Chapter 4: Distance Vector Routing Protocols
· Chapter 5: RIP v1: A Distance Vector, Claseful Routing Protocol
· Chapter 6: Classless Routing: VLSM and CIDR
· Chapter 7: Classless Routing Using RIPv2
· Chapter 8: The Routing Table: A Closer Look
· Chapter 9: EIGRP: A Distance Vector, Classless Routing Protocol
· Chapter 10: Link-State Routing Protocols
· Chapter 11: Single Area OSPF: A Link State, Classless Routing Protocol
- EXTRA Chapter 12: BGP basics
 3) CCNA 3 Exploration - LAN Switching and Wireless
- Chapter 1: LAN Design
- Chapter 2: Basic Switch Concepts and Configuration
- Chapter 3: VLANs
- Chapter 4: VTP
- Chapter 5: STP
- Chapter 6: Inter-VLAN Routing
- Chapter 7: Basic Wireless Concepts and Configuration

4) CCNA 4 Exploration - Accessing the WAN
- Chapter 1: Introductions to WANs
- Chapter 2: PPP
- Chapter 3: Frame Relay
- Chapter 4: Network Security
- Chapter 5: ACLs
- Chapter 6: Teleworker Services
- Chapter 7: IP Addressing Services
- Chapter 8: Network Troubleshooting

CCNA Exams & Recommended Training
Required Exam(s)
Recommended Training
640-802 CCNA Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.0
Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.0


Required Exam(s)
Recommended Training
640-822 ICND1 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) v1.0
640-816 ICND2 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) v1.0

CCNA Recertification
CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass the current CCDA exam, or pass any 642 - XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

Good Luck !

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