“ The CCNA certification indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of networking for the small office/home office (SOHO) market. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including but not limited to use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, IPX, Serial, AppleTalk, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists. „
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The CCNA changed earlier this year and I notice some minor fatcs that are ermm wrong in craigtaylor's opinion's.... I'm not aware of the Network Academy as I studied for my CCNA through LearningIT... The pass mark is actually 85 % give or take 1%...not 70 %....possibly Network Academy specify this for inhouse tests but Cisco do not! The actual exam is taken online via either prometric or VUE which costs about £90... As I said the exam changed recently, it used to be 65 questions and was quite straight forward... Nowadays the Exam also consists of a performance related section on a Cisco router/switch whereby the screen represents an actual screen display from a switch and asks you to type commands etc instead of multiple choice type answers. The exam is now 45 questions which are slightly harder and make sure that the candidate has knowledge in the technology instead of being able to read a book and pass or by using a braindump site...making the exam harder for the less experienced.. The subject matter is roughly the same. The Cisco website gives a better insite into the exam as well as a demonstration of the performance related terminal emulation. The certification expires after 3 years and if you score over 92 % you may advance to teach CCNA after other courses... Hope this helps and is more up to date and that Mr Taylor is not too upset at my update which I felt would better arm potential candidates with the modern exam....
The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Course consists of 4 Semesters, each focussing on a different area of networking. The curriculum is an online learning program, each split into chapters with an exam at the end of each to check your progress. Once you have completed all of the chapters, which have online exams which have an average of about 25 questions each, which are multiple choice, with four answers to choose from. Once completed you see your percentage so you know whether you have passed instantly, you sit another online end of semester exam, The exams are easily passable if you put the effort in. Semester 1 Semester 1 Introduces the course and starts of by explaining networking basics and introduces things like the OSI layered network design model, explaining each layer of it in some detail. Semester 2 This Semester focuses mainly on Routers and their components, protocols, configurations and commands etc. And reinforces what you have learned about IP addressing and WANS from Semester 1 Semester 3 Switches are the main topic in this semester, teaching you about LAN switching in a lot greater depth than covered in the previous chapters. Also LAN design, Access control lists and other protocols are covered thoroughly. Semester 4 Semester 4 covers WAN's mainly, which includes WAN design, point to point, frame-relay and ISDN networks and general network management. Then goes on to give you review chapters of the CCNA to help you revise before the final exam. As well as all the online learning, there is practical experience available via labs, which are integrated into the curriculum letting you see how things actually work, not just the theory behind them, this also helps you remember commands for the routers and is good practice for the future. All the way through the course you can keep track of your progress on the academy website which gives
you access to all of the exam results you have achieved to date. Once you have completed a Semester and have passed the final exam you receive a certificate to show you have passed which contains your result. The final exam costs around £90 (I hope) if I remember correctly but if done at a college or 6th from they either pay some towards it or pay it all for you, I'm not too sure, but it isn't too expensive as it is a widely accepted qualification into the networking industry, and looks good on a C.V. The qualification only lasts about three years once received. (I'd like to thank Johnsie for providing me with some helpful corrections, for which I would like to apologise for, if I mislead you)
I also am currently an a-level student doing the Cisco Networking certfificate. In this course you start with the real basics of any computer computer. Examlpes of this are: - it tells you all the main componants and their function(s). - bytes, bits, and megabytes, and how to work them out. - many other terms (e,g.IPX, MAC, LAN, MAN, WAN and so on)involving the computers network related programmes etc. The course consists of many lab questions these entitle you having a computer that you don't mind pulling about and a network card, that is compatible. If you want to da this at a collage or 6th form all of the above should be supplied. Cisco certificate is a handy award to have it enables you to get a job that is very welled pay at junior or senior cisco level. A way to prove this if you visit a job serch engine like jobserve.com and type in cisco and/or junior cisco u wil see what the average pay is! My teacher made me do the above to prove his point you should have seen my face at some of the wages being offered also it's worldwide! The course does mean alot of COMPUTER and alot to take in!! I leave you to decide what u think! Good Luck!
I am currently studying this course on top of my A-levels and have found it to be very beneficial in my aspirations of moving into a career within computing. The possible degree I wish to take is perhaps in this line of work or similar so I have found this course to be a good foundation to the networking aspect of this. It has also helped me very much in getting to know my computer and how basic networks are formed and how they work. At this moment in time, I am currently about to start the second semester after successfully completing the first semester recently. The course involves logging into their website and working on the curriculum which is supplied to you in a number of easy to use pages and pictures to explain the basics in networking. Each chapter consists of about 30/40 pages of information which you must take in before taking a test for that chapter. I usually read through each chapter once or twice depending on the difficulty level of the chapter. After this you have the opportunity to go through a small quiz which tests some of the information you have learned in the chapter. I have not found the course to be to hard and strenuous but it is not an easy course at all. It takes a lot of time and you need to have a computing mind to understand some of the concepts. The questions asked in the test are not especially difficult and are multi-choice with four options of which only one will be right. Some of the practical work you will do if you take the course requires a mind for problem solving and can get tricky and frustrating at first. Most major companies accept the CCNA qualification today as I have found out and it would be an excellent start to anybody who is interested in networking careers. Also smaller intensive courses are available from Cisco such as the ICND which is over a short period but is also helpful in learning about the course. If you are going to take
this course good luck in passing as it will be worth it in the end.