The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification is an entry level certification for networking professionals. It is the first step to higher level certifications, such as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Internet work Expert (CCIE) certification.
A hard nut?
Unlike any other exam CCNA exam is not a tough nut to crack. It just requires right amount of preparation with adequate skills. The exam of Cisco is not difficult. It requires dedication and sincerity on the part of the candidate and hard work. Once cleared, this exam lays down the foundation of glorious future with miles to go and laurels to follow.
The CCNA certification is the best option for the computer net workers, field technicians, IT helps desk engineers, and other professionals of IT associated with controlling the computer networking process. This certificate is considered as the basic qualification for installing, operating, configuring and troubleshooting a mid-sized switched and routed network. A CCNA certified professional is considered to be trained in working with a networking environment that includes a group of switched networks. In simple terms, the CCNA certified professional is able to manage a host of computer routed networks connected through switches.
The CCNA exam is of one and half hour duration comprising of around fifty questions. The level of the exam is moderate with very little hard questions. CCNA certification is valid for three years after which the candidate has to reappear for recertification. It is a process Cisco has envisaged to keep the candidate’s knowledge up to date. So to obtain recertification the candidate has to pass the ongoing CCNA exam or ICND2 exam or any exam of the 642 category. It is entirely up to the candidate to go for recertification process. But Cisco always recommends going for the recertification because it is very important for IT professionals and other candidates to be aware of the changing trends and keep your knowledge updated.
There are no prerequisites to CCNA, but it should be treated as an intermediate certification. Those who have no prior knowledge about networking should lay their foundation by taking CompTIA Network. CCNA certification is itself a prerequisite to CCNP, CCSP and the CCIE.