Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification

IT LEVEL:
Intermediate

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
1 Year+

IT PREREQUISITE:
Net+

EXAM LENGTH:
90 mins

Cisco CCNA Certification Exam Training - Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco released their newest CCNA certification in February 2020, designed to prepare IT professionals for successful IT networking careers. The CCNA exam validates your skills in network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, automation and programmability.

If you’ve already successfully passed the CompTIA Network+ exams and have 12 months or more of hands-on industry experience maintaining or configuring business networks using Cisco equipment, you’re ready to start preparing for your CCNA certification exam. Apply today and get Cisco CCNA certified!

The new Cisco CCNA exam now key includes new topics, such as automation and programmability. The exam covers a range of topics that help demonstrate competency in networking tasks including:

  • Installing, operating, and configuring basic IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Configuring network components such as switches, routers, and wireless LAN controllers
  • Troubleshooting network connectivity problems

Before taking the Cisco CCNA certification exam, you should feel confident in demonstrating your knowledge to a potential employer across these 3 core areas:

  • Networking

    Demonstrate competency and understanding with key networking fundamentals, including host-to-host communication, the role of switches within LANs, IPv4 and IPv6 configuration, how to use Wireless LAN Controllers, and more.

  • Security

    Demonstrate competency and understanding with common network security topics, including threat defense technologies, security configuration of the device management plane, Access Control Lists (ACLs), and more.

  • Automation

    Demonstrate competency and understanding with the concepts of network programmability and Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Describe smart network management solutions such as Cisco DNA Center™, Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), and Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN).

How confident are you with network fundamentals? Take our IT knowledge quiz to validate your confidence going into the exam and/or applying for your next IT position.

Maybe you’ve started some DIY studying on your own, but you’re not feeling quite confident enough to pass the exam. Join CIAT students and IT community members for some extra one-on-one help from our certified instructors in our complimentary online workshops.

The technical skills validated through the Cisco CCNA certification exam will help prepare you for promising IT career opportunities such as:

  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Systems Administrator

Successfully passing your CCNA IT certification exam is a critical step to advancing your IT career and is one of the most sought-after certifications for networking professionals. However, passing the certification exam is only one step of the equation. If you pass the exam, but have no demonstratable skills to back it up, you may have challenges getting past the interview stage with potential employers.

CIAT Career Services team provides personalized career transition support to ensure you translate your technical training and industry certifications into viable career opportunities. Our full suite of career services support includes resume building, LinkedIn profile optimization, mock interview support, career coaching, and job placement support, and specialty workshops, to help ensure you’re positioned for success. 

Typically, students enrolled in our Cisco CCNA Certificate, Networking Technician Certificate, Cisco CCNA & CCNP Certificate, or Computer Information Systems Degree programs feel confident taking the Cisco CCNA exam after 10 weeks of technical training and exam preparation.

Cisco CCNA is an intermediate level certification that can serve as a launchpad for numerous IT certification and career pathways. The more certs you earn, the more skills you acquire, the more career opportunities will be available. Register today and start earning your CCNA certification (Cisco Certified Network Associate).

Your Cisco CCNA exam voucher, retake costs, and exam prep software, are included in the cost of your tuition for all Certificate and Degree programs. CIAT provides unlimited attempts at passing the Cisco CCNA to ensure you start your exam calm and confident, without worrying about what will happen if you don’t pass.

You save hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses over a DIY studying approach.

Both CIAT Mission Valley and National City campuses include secure and authorized testing center facilities, available to local San Diego students and alumni. For our online students, we work closely with you to help locate and facilitate an authorized testing center near you.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIAT has enabled students to take the Cisco CCNA certification exam remotely from the comfort of your own home through Cisco’s new online proctoring process. Don’t put your goals on hold or push off until normalcy returns.

Studying for the Cisco CCNA certification on your own is doable, but often leaves you without the required technical skills in your background, or the necessary resources to translate your exam score into an IT career.

Join over 2,000 students who have enrolled in CIAT accredited Certificate and Degree programs and are on their path to launching or advancing their IT careers. Our extensive, custom designed IT curriculum provides training for up to 14 industry certifications, including Cisco CCNA.

  • No exam fees
  • Unlimited exam attempts*
  • Hands-on training through on-campus and virtual online classes
  • Online test preparation workshops
  • Test preparation software
  • Complimentary week-long IT bootcamps
  • One-on-one support from certified instructors
  • Accredited Certificate and Degree programs to beef up your resume
  • Personalized career services support including resume building and job placement support

*Students are encouraged to take certification exams while actively enrolled in the degree program. Unlimited certification exam attempts expire 90 days after graduation. The following are single attempt exams and are not eligible for a retake voucher: CEH, CASP, CISSP, DevNet & CCNP. See certification exam policy for more details.

Questions About Getting Certified?

Whether you’re just entering the workforce or trying to take your career to the next level, CIAT offers the certifications needed to prove your expertise to current and future employers. Navigating the IT certification landscape by yourself can be challenging. If you’re wondering which certification path is right for you or how to get started, we’re here to help.

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We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

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Request an appointment with one of our IT expert Admissions Advisors for personalized guidance on building your education plan. You’ll be able to book an appointment instantly for a time that fits your schedule. 

Next Enrollment Deadline is December 20th, 2021!

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