Category: Cisco CCNA Training

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Cisco Training and Certification

Cisco offer training and certification programs from beginner to expert level which build your knowledge and help you move up the IT career ladder.

They recently restructured their training and certification programs in order to keep up to date with the latest technologies and trends in the IT industry.

The current Cisco certification path looks like this:

Cisco CCNA Training Tutorials

Specialist certifications are also available which demonstrate your expertise in a particular technology area. They are commonly attained by passing an exam on the way to one of the more widely recognised certifications shown above.

The CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate is the most popular and widely recognized networking certification for IT practitioners.

What is meant by ‘CCNA’?

What is meant by CCNA is the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification. It is an ‘associate’ level certification offered by Cisco for individuals who are wanting to start or enhance their career in the field of IT networking.

Passing the CCNA 200-301 exam shows you have the core knowledge and hand-on skills required to work as a network administrator. The test covers established networking fundamentals as well as cutting edge technologies including the latest security, automation, and programmability.

CCNA Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for the CCNA 200-301 exam but Cisco recommend the following:

  • One or more years of experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions
  • Knowledge of basic IP addressing
  • A good understanding of network fundamentals

Many complete beginners have however studied for and passed the CCNA exam, helping them to launch their careers in networking. You should have basic knowledge of how to operate a computer and use the Internet, but previous networking knowledge and experience is not required – it is covered in the exam and you will learn it during your training.

It is not required to pass the CCT certification before taking the CCNA exam. I recommend bypassing the CCT and going straight for the CCNA as it is a much more recognised and valuable qualification.

CCNA New Syllabus 2020

The main topics covered on the CCNA exam are:

  • Network fundamentals
  • Network access
  • IP connectivity
  • IP services
  • Security fundamentals
  • Automation and programmability

A detailed list of the topics can be seen here.

One Training Course, One Exam

You only need to take and pass one exam to attain the CCNA qualification – the CCNA 200-301 exam.

You can study for the exam with one course, I recommend my Cisco CCNA 200-301 Gold Bootcamp (more details below).

CCNA Certification Cost

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA 200-301) exam is 120 minutes long and costs $300 USD.

How to Register for and Take the CCNA Exam

The exam is taken at Prometric Vue test centers which are located worldwide, there is very likely a test center near your location. Testing is available year round and you can take the exam at a time and location which is convenient for you.

Visit the Prometric Vue website to book your CCNA exam.

Here’s a short video showing the test taking process on the day of your exam:

YouTube video

CCNA Recertification

The CCNA certificate has a validity of 3 years. The Cisco website lists three ways you can apply for recertification, you should perform one to renew your CCNA before it expires:

  1. Take next level certifications.

Before the validity expiration of the certificate, you must pass any associate exam in order to retain your CCNA certification.

You can also take and pass advanced level certifications such as professional concentration exam, technology core exam, or the CCIE lab exam.

  1. Use continuing education credits.

30 CE credits are required in order to recertify the CCNA certification. CE credits can be earned by completing learning activities and earning continuing education points within the three-year validity period.

  1. A combination of both.

You can also recertify by taking a combination of exam and by earning continuing education points.

Is the CCNA worth it? The importance of the CCNA to your IT career

Yes the CCNA is worth it! It is a valued and widely recognized Cisco certification. But why is getting a Cisco CCNA certification important?

  • Passing the CCNA exam and getting certified proves that you are knowledgeable and you possess the skill set required in the fundamentals of networking.
  • The certification validates your knowledge and skills which assures employers. It establishes trust that you understand modern networks and can configure and troubleshoot them. It shows that you are capable of effectively working as a network engineer.
  • CCNA brings assurance not only to your employer, but to you and your teammates. It boosts your confidence in doing your job.
  • Certified employees are seen as valued assets. Proving that you can learn the fundamentals of networking shows that you can easily adapt and develop new skills.
  • CCNA certification greatly increases your job opportunities. There is a much greater chance that you will get hired compared to those who don’t have certifications.
  • Getting certified can also be used as basis for promotion and salary increase.

What is the average CCNA salary?

According to glassdoor.com, the average CCNA salary in the United States is $91,000 USD.

What is the average CCNA salary?

How to Study for the CCNA Exam

I recommend my Cisco CCNA 200-301 Gold Bootcamp online training course to study for the exam. I would say that though, wouldn’t I? :-)

It’s not just me saying it though. The course has the highest review ratings of any CCNA course online, with an average review score of 4.7 from over 10,000 public student reviews.

Cisco CCNA Gold Bootcamp Reviews

The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced network engineers, and is the one training course you need to learn everything for the CCNA. It features:

  • Over 35 hours of HD video tutorials
  • 300 pages of configuration lab exercises with setup instructions to run on your laptop for free
  • An additional 150 pages of bonus troubleshooting labs
  • Quizzes at the end of every section to check your understanding
  • Course slides in an easy to review format

It’s an online CCNA course so you can study in your own time and your enrolment never expires. (This type of online CCNA training is often called CBT ‘Computer Based Training’ or VOD ‘Video on Demand’.)

Click here to enrol in the CCNA Gold Bootcamp.

You can also learn the technologies covered on the CCNA exam by downloading my free CCNA Lab Guide. This CCNA PDF contains comprehensive lab exercises with full solutions covering everything on the latest Cisco CCNA 200-301 exam, and includes step-by-step instructions to run the labs for free on your laptop.

Click here to download the Cisco CCNA Lab Guide PDF for free.

How difficult is the CCNA exam?

The CCNA has a reputation as having a high failure rate among people taking the exam for the first time. This isn’t because they don’t have the knowledge required, but because the format and wording of the questions can be tricky if you haven’t seen those type of questions before.

I recommend AlphaPrep practice tests to give yourself the best chance of passing the exam on your first attempt.

  • AlphaPrep are an official partner with Cisco Press and Prometric (who run the exam). The questions were written in partnership so they are incredibly similar to what you will see on the real test, but unlike a braindump they are officially endorsed.
  • The practice tests mimic the real exam experience, with exactly the same difficulty level. This is different to the other practice exams available today which are too easy and trick you into a false sense of confidence.
  • The system tracks your progress and machine learning adapts the test engine to your previous performance.
  • Detailed feedback is provided on your strong areas and where you need to improve.
  • An overall score level is shown which tells you exactly how prepared you are for the exam. Once you have reached level 7 (which requires passing several tests) you know you are ready to take the exam.
  • The system is proven to have a precise level of accuracy in telling you when you will pass the exam. This means you will pass on the first attempt and not have to spend an additional $300 to resit the exam, take time off work and get to the test center again. Taking the practice tests saves you time and money.
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You can find links to CCNA training tutorials below. They include a CCNA video tutorial along with a text description and screenshots.

Subnetting Class C Networks and VLSM Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll learn how to subnet Class C networks and how Variable Length Subnet Masking or VLSM works. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Subnetting Class C Networks and VLSM Video Tutorial   Class C /31 Subnet   Let’s say that weR...

Subnetting Class A and Class B Networks Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, we’re going to take on a stage by subnetting larger networks. We’re going to look at subnetting our Class A and our Class B networks. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Subnetting Class A and Class B Networks Video Tutorial Example 1 ...

Cisco SNMP v3 Configuration

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll see the configuration for SNMP version 3. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. SNMP v3 Configuration Video Tutorial In SNMPv1 and SNMPv2, the SNMP Manager (NMS server) and the SNMP Agent (router or switch), recognize each other through simpl...

Dynamic Routing Protocols vs Static Routes Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll learn about the basics of dynamic routing protocols and how they compare to using static routes. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorials.   Dynamic Routing Protocols vs Static Routes Video Tutorial     Dynamic Routing Protoc...

IP Address Classes

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll learn about the IP address classes. We’re going to cover classes A, B, and C which are used for allocating addresses to our hosts, and then classes D and E. Scroll down for the video and text tutorials.   IP Adress Classes Video Tutorial ...

Cisco Equal Cost Multi Path ECMP Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll learn about Equal Cost Multi Path, ECMP. Cisco Equal Cost Multi Path ECMP Video Tutorial If multiple paths to a destination network have an equal metric, the router will enter all of those paths into the routing table, and it will load balance the o...

Private IP Addresses (RFC 1918) Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll learn about the private address ranges. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Private IP Addresses (RFC 1918) Video Tutorial   These were documented by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in RFC 1918. RFC stands for Requests ...

CIDR Classless Inter-Domain Routing Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’re going to learn about CIDR, which is classless inter-domain routing. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. CIDR Classless Inter-Domain Routing Video Tutorial   A problem with the original implementation of the classful addresses was that ...

Subnetting Overview

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’re going to understand how we can implement submitting. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial.   Subnetting Overview Video Tutorial Subnetting is a really important topic, not just for passing the CCNA exam, but for networking in genera...

Cisco QoS Overview

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, I’m going to give you an overview of Quality of Service (QoS). When people talk about QoS in general, they’re usually referring to queuing. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Cisco QoS Overview Video Tutorial   Dedicated Voice, Video, ...

Cisco Connected and Local Routes Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about connected and local routes, which are the first type of routes that you’re going to have on your router. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Cisco Connected and Local Routes Video Tutorial Router Functions A router has got two main...

Cisco Loopback Interfaces Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about loopback interfaces. A loopback interface is a logical interface and it allows you to assign an IP address to a router or a Layer 3 switch, which is not tied to a physical interface. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Cisco Loopback I...

Cisco Administrative Distance Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about administrative distance. Administrative Distance (AD) is used along with the metric to decide which of the available paths is going to make into the routing table. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Cisco Administrative Distance Video ...

Cisco Routing Protocol Types Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn what the different routing protocol types are. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Routing Protocol Types Video Tutorial   Our routing protocols can be split into two main types: Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP) – used for routing ...

Cisco Routing Protocol Metrics Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about routing protocol metrics. A router may receive multiple possible paths to get to a destination network because it might have multiple different ways to get to it.   The router might have multiple neighboring routers with paths available thr...

Cisco Static Routes Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about static routes. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial.   When a router needs to send traffic to a subnet that it’s not directly connected to, it needs to know how to get there – it must have a matching route in its routing ...

Cisco Summarization and Default Routes Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about route summarization and the default route. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Cisco Summarization and Default Routes Tutorial   Static Routes On the router R1, we don’t need to enter routes for its directly connected networ...

Cisco BGP in MPLS Networks Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn how BGP is used for layer 3 MPLS VPNs. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. Cisco BGP in MPLS Networks Video Tutorial   Layer 3 MPLS VPN In the diagram shown below, you can see that: The provider network is going from the PE on the left ...

Cisco Adjacencies and Passive Interfaces Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA training tutorial, you’ll learn about Cisco adjacencies and passive interfaces, which help control which routing information is shared between routers. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Cisco Adjacencies and Passive Interfaces Video Tutorial Adjacencies Our i...

Cisco CCNA, CCNP, CCIE Certification MAJOR Update – Changes in 2020

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about the major updates coming to the Cisco Certification Program in February 2020. I’ll explain exactly what the changes are, why Cisco have made those changes, how they affect you and what you should do if you’re currently studying for ...

Cisco BGP for Enterprises

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you will learn why an enterprise (rather than an Internet Service Provider) would use BGP and how to configure BGP from the enterprise point of view. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial.   This is the 5th in a series of BGP tutorials. Part 1: Why We ...

How to Advertise BGP Routes on Cisco Routers

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn how to advertise routes in BGP (including the differences in the way the “network” statement is used and the “null route” trick).  Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial.   This is the 4th in a series of BGP tut...

Configuring BGP Neighbors on Cisco Routers

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn how to configure BGP (the Border Gateway Protocol) neighbors in a Service Provider environment.  Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. This is the 3rd in a series of BGP tutorials. Part 1: Why We Need BGP Part 2: BGP Routing and Path Se...

BGP Routing and Path Selection for Service Providers

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about how BGP (the Border Gateway Protocol) routing works within service providers. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. This is the 2nd in a series of BGP tutorials. Part 1: Why We Need BGP Part 3: Configuring BGP Neighbors on Cisco Routers...

Cisco CCNA Prize Giveaway – I Will Pay For Your Training and Exam

Prize Giveaway – I Will Pay For Your Cisco CCNA Training and Exam   I’ve got a cracker of a prize giveaway this month: Full membership of my Cisco CCNA Premium Bootcamp starting in 2 weeks… and I’ll also pay for your CCNA exam. To win, just go to this URL: https://www.flackbox.com/g...

Flackbox CCNA Premium Bootcamp Course Launch

Do you want to pass the Cisco CCNA exam in 6 weeks with a proven step by step system of study you can do in your spare time? See the video and text below for how you can do it. If you’re like me you probably make a New Year’s resolution to boost your career […]...

CCNA Certification Next Steps – What to Do After Passing the CCNA

In this Cisco CCNA post,  I will offer advice on the next steps after you’ve passed your Cisco CCNA Certification, in terms of what is the best certification to do next. You might find it useful if you’ve just passed your CCNA or if you’re planning on doing it in the near future ...

Why We Need BGP – The Border Gateway Protocol

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about the need for BGP (the Border Gateway Protocol). Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. This is the 1st in a series of BGP tutorials. Part 2: BGP Routing and Path Selection for Service Providers Part 3: Configuring BGP Neighbors on Cisco...

Cisco VTP VLAN Trunking Protocol Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about Cisco VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) which enables the deletion, renaming, and addition of VLANs on switches configured as VTP servers. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Cisco VTP VLAN Trunking Protocol Video Tutorial What is the Purpo...

Christmas Giveaway – networklessons.com Annual Membership worth $290

Christmas Giveaway – networklessons.com Annual Membership worth $290 This is just a short post to let you know about my Christmas giveaway. Scroll down for the video and text info.     The FlackBox blog has been going for a little over a year now. It’s been loads of hard work a...

NetworkLessons.com vs INE vs CBT Nuggets Review

In this Cisco CCNA video post, I review networklessons.com and answer the question “is it worth the monthly subscription fee or not?” I’ll do that by investigating the content on the site and comparing it with similar services such as INE (Internetwork Expert) and CBT Nuggets. See...

Cisco DTP Dynamic Trunking Protocol Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP). Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Cisco Dynamic Trunking Protocol DTP Video Tutorial When a pair of Cisco switches are connected together they can use Cisco’s proprietary Dynamic Trunking Protocol t...

AlphaPrep Cisco Exam Prep – Unboxing and Review

You can see a walkthrough of the AlphaPrep Cisco practice exam prep engine in this video, how it works and recommendations on how to make the best use of it. Scroll down to the ‘AlphaPrep Walkthrough’ section below if you’re already signed up and want to know the best way to use it.   You...

Free Cisco CCNA Lab Guide

  You can download your complete 350 page Cisco CCNA Lab Guide for free here. Comprehensive lab exercises and solutions which cover everything on the latest CCNA 200-301 exam. You can run all the labs completely for free on your laptop, no additional equipment is necessary. Full instructions an...

VLAN Trunk Ports – Cisco CCNA Tutorial

VLAN Trunks Ports In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about VLAN trunk ports.   VLAN Access Ports Example   VLAN access ports were covered in the previous post using the lab topology shown below.     We had Engineering and Sales PCs in different Layer 3 IP subnets co...

VLAN Access Ports – Cisco CCNA Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about VLAN Access ports and how to configure them. Access ports are configured on switch interfaces where end hosts such as desktop PCs are plugged in. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. VLAN Access Ports Video Tutorial An access port c...

Cisco CCNA 200-301 – The Complete Guide to Getting Certified

If you want to jumpstart your career in IT and networking by acing the Cisco CCNA exam, then the ‘Cisco CCNA 200-301 – The Complete Guide to Getting Certified’ course is for you! It gives you a full understanding of all the concepts and topics you need to earn the most in-demand networking cer...

Why we have VLANs – Cisco CCNA Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, I will cover Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) which is a Layer 2 feature implemented on switches. To understand why we have them, you need to understand the problem that they solve first. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Why We Have VLANs – Vid...

Cisco CCNA Lab Options – Online Lab Rentals

This post is part of my ‘Cisco CCNA Lab Options’ course. Click here to enrol in the complete course for free! In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, I explain the different options you can use for a Cisco CCNA lab and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You can read part one about building...

Cisco CCNA Lab Options – Physical Lab

This post is part of my ‘Cisco CCNA Lab Options’ course. Click here to enrol in the complete course for free! In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, I will explain the different options you can use for a Cisco CCNA lab and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You can read part two about onl...

DNS Domain Name System Simplified – Tutorial

In this Cisco CCNA tutorial, you’ll learn about DNS, the Domain Name System. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. DNS Domain Name System Simplified – Video Tutorial DNS The Domain Name System   When two hosts communicate, the sender needs to form the packet. The packet ...

Cisco Lab Book Review – The VIRL Book by Jack Wang

I’m going to do something a bit different in this post and give you a review of The VIRL Book by Jack Wang. I think this will add value for a lot of you because my most popular resource right now is my How to Build a NetApp Lab for Free ebook. With the converged […]...