1. What is CCNA Certification?
CCNA Certification is awarded by
Cisco Systems® and signifies the competency
achieved in installing, configuring, and operating LAN, WAN, Wireless LAN and
Switched network services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including use of these
protocols: IP, EIGRP, Serial, and Frame Relay. The certification exams are computer based, and conducted by
Sylvan Prometric and VUE testing centers. The certification, being widely recognized, offers improved job
prospects in the field of LAN, and WAN infrastructure installation and
maintenance using Cisco, and compatible equipment. There are no
pre-requisites for taking this exam. The only requirement being payment of exam fee,
which is about US$ 125. The CCNA certification is composed of 1 (ONE) individual
exam, i.e. CCNA (short form for Cisco Certified Network Associate). The exam code for the
CCNA exam is 640-802. The test
contains identification and situational questions, in addition to Flash based
simulation questions. We have provided several of these questions at appropriate
ccna certification pages on this website.
Alternatively, you can achieve CCNA certification by taking two exams, namely,
CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician), and CCNA ICND2 (640-816).
2. What are the test
As mentioned previously, to attain
CCNA certification, you must pass only one exam, i.e CCNA, exam code: 640-802. Broadly, the exam objectives
CCNA exam objectives:
OSI Reference Model and Layered Communication
Cisco Basics, IOS,
and Network Basics
The practice tests provided by
SimulationExams.com covers the exam objectives thoroughly, and help in passing
the exams first time. You can down load the CCNA
practice test here.
3. How do I prepare for CCNA
Please visit the page CCNA
preparation written by our Cisco section guide.
4. Other CCNA Certification FAQ:
How long will
it take to prepare for CCNA certification exam?
are preparing for CCNA exams yourself (self learning), it is likely to take about
4-6 months of preparation (Assuming 3-4 hours of study per day). However, please
note that the preparation time greatly depends on your background. If you are
already involved in the networking technologies such as LANs, WANs, you may find it
easy, and may require only a few weeks of preparation. On the other hand, if you are new
to networking technologies, it may take about 6 months (assuming you
don't take any formal classroom coaching).
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What is the exam fee and who
conduct the exams?
The exam fee for CCNA exam is
about US$125. The exams are computer based, and Sylvan
Prommetric (and VUE) conduct these exams.
What is the format in which the
exams are delivered?
The exams are computer based, and
include the following question types:
Multiple choice single answer
Multiple choice multiple answer questions
Exhibit based questions
Is it available in other
Yes, please check with official
How long the certification is
The certifications offered by
Cisco Systems have limited validity (unlike Comptia exams, which have lifetime
validity). The validity of Cisco certifications is usually of 3 years. You need
to re-certify or achieve next level of certification to retain validity after 3
What other certifications are
available from Cisco Systems?
The other certification available
are CCDA, CCNP,
CCDP, CCIE, and others.
Note: It is recommended to
check with the official website for accurate and up-to-date information.