CCNA certification is known as associate level of Cisco certification from where your networking career will start. It opens the door of your successful networking career, so it is called a foundation level of pillar on which you can build your successful networking career.
CCNA certification will give associate level knowledge of installation, operations and troubleshoot of enterprise network.
There are different certification courses in associate level:
Basically CCNA Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S) certification is the associate level of certification from where you can start your successful networking career. This is the certification which makes you ready to adopt your next level of skills and certification in IT industry.
Career Options for CCNA R&S Certified Engineers:
From here you can get professional level of Cisco certification (CCNP) and expert level of Cisco certification (CCIE) in routing and switching. You can also move forward to core skills to technologies like Cloud, Data Center, Wireless, Collaboration and Security. All depends on you in which direction you are interested to go.
CCNA Routing and Switching Exams:
200 – 125 CCNA (90 minutes) (60 – 70 questions)
100 – 105 ICND1 (90 minutes) (45 – 55 questions)
and 200 – 105 ICND2 (90 minutes) (45 – 55 questions)
Exam Topics of 200 – 125 CCNA:
This exams tests your skills about fundamental knowledge of networks (15%), LAN switching technologies (21%), WAN technology (10%), IPV4 and IPV6 routing technology (23%), security of infrastructures (11%), services of infrastructures (10%) and infrastructure management (10%).
Topics of 100 – 105 ICND1 Exam (CCENT certification):
This exam tests your skills about network fundamentals (20%), LAN switching (26%), routing technologies (25%), and service of infrastructures (15%) and maintenance of infrastructures (14%).
Topics of 200 – 105 ICND2 Exam:
LAN switching technology (26%), Routing technology (29%), WAN technology (16%), infrastructures services (14%) and maintenance of infrastructures (15%).
You need to pass one of the above exams to get CCNA R&S certification. Either you can pass 200 – 125 CCNA exam or you can pass in 100 – 105 ICND1 first and then 200 – 105 ICND2 exam.
There is no prerequisite for CCNA routing and switching certification. Only CCENT certification is recommended.
After Certification: After getting CCNA R&S certification you will be able to install, operate and troubleshoot the small to medium level of enterprise network.
CCNA Routing and Switching certification is valid for 3 years from the date of certification issue.
Job profiles after CCNA R&S certification:
Approx Salary Package after CCNA Routing and Switching Certification in India:
CCNA R&S certified engineers may get salary package from 2,50,000 INR to 6,00,000 INR in India. This is not exact values of salary package but this is only estimated values. It may be change depending on your skills level and company profiles.
Why CCNA Certification:
Re-certification gives the best opportunity to get growth in your career.