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CCNA Certification Through CCNA or ICND1 & ICND2 Exams

Posted on Jun, 19 2012

CCNA Certification Through CCNA or ICND 1 + ICND 2 Exams

 

The Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) is one of the most respected credentials for professionals starting their career in information technology. It can also be a great way for mid-career technical experts to strengthen their credentials in the science of designing and maintaining efficient, scalable LANs. If your goal is to receive the CCNA certification, you have two options: The CCNA or both the ICND 1 and ICND 2.

CCNA
The complete exam for the CCNA certification covers everything learned in Cisco's Certified Networking Associate courses, including a variety of topics related to network installation, operation and troubleshooting. Students will have 90 minutes to answer 45 to 55 questions concerning network types, network media, security, connectivity, network protocols, routing and switching, IP addressing, IOS devices, Virtual LANs, traffic routing and access control, point-to-point connectivity and Frame Relay.

The CCNA examination is notorious for its simulation portion. During the simulation, you will be expected to troubleshoot a simple network. Completing a course of study equivalent to the CCNA curriculum in a "one shot" format is the most traditional way to prepare for the exam -- and one that Cisco Systems has consistently promoted through its Networking Academy initiative. 

You may also achieve CCNA certification by completing both exams below:

ICND
"ICND" stands for Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices. You must complete both exams with a satisfactory score to qualify for CCNA certification. If you meet all other qualifications, completing the ICND 1 will also allow you to apply for Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification. 

The ICND 1 is currently presented as a 75 minute exam that represents knowledge needed to install and maintain a small office network. Areas covered include foundational topics in networking, WAN connectivity, wireless and network security, routing and switching, IP addressing, IOS devices, RIPv2, routing, NAT and DHCP.

Since the ICND 1 is associated with the basic, entry-level CCENT credential, virtually everything in the curriculum will be familiar to a student who has already pursued the more advanced CCNA certification. This exam can serve as a good refresher course for such students no matter their level of professional advancement.

ICND 2: ICND 2 is the exam associated with receiving the CCNA certification for those who have already completed the ICND 1. Students cannot complete the ICND 2 before the ICND 1 and they cannot receive the CCNA without first completing both portions of the ICND. The exam is a 75-90 minute test of 40-50 questions that builds upon the knowledge in the ICND 1 to certify the student's ability to manage mid-sized networks.

Topics include VLSM and IPv6 addressing, extending networks with VLANs, VTP, RSTP, OSP and EIGRP protocols, IP routing and traffic control, NAT and DHCP.