Cisco provides certification for candidates looking to work in the networking industry. Cisco has it’s Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification that certifies individuals to work in the networking industry. There are many types of CCNA such as security, cloud, collaboration, security operations, design, data centre technologies, industrial plants, service providers and wireless. Previously, each category was a certification on its own however, following February 24 2020, Cisco will be replacing these certifications with 3 Associate level certifications, CCNA, DevNet Associate and CCNA Cyber Ops. There is also an entry level certification Cisco Certified Entry Networking technician (CCENT) that validates a candidate’s ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small, basic network with basic network security.
The new CCNA certification is a consolidation of all the previous categories into an exam that covers a range of topics such as network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals and automation and programmability.
Candidates who complete the CCNA exams will be certified by a networking company pioneering in routing and switching technologies. With Cisco being the powerhouse such as it is in the industry, candidates trained and certified to work with Cisco products would be more in demand and marketable to employers. Networking careers are built upon certification as network engineers and administrators need to have an intimate understanding of how networks are built and how they operate, such as knowledge of protocols and infrastructure. As these technologies develop, even more and more knowledge is required and CCNA ensures that network engineers and administrators can keep up with the highly evolving environment.
CCNA tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, IPv4 and IPv6 routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services, infrastructure security and infrastructure management. Using this knowledge, a candidate who passes this test would be qualified to work as a network administrator, network specialist or a network support engineer. Opportunities for career advancement can also present themselves if the candidate ensures that they are kept up to date on routing and switching technologies by recertifying themselves and branching out into other Cisco certifications.
The best Cisco certification available to aspiring network engineers and network administrator is the new CCNA certification. The course and exam prepare the candidates for an associate-level job role in IT technologies by giving them access to resources and training that they need to learn new knowledge and skills that they can use to advance their expertise.