What’s the value in earning the CCNA certification?
The CCNA is one of the most highly regarded entry-level IT certifications on the market today. Earning the CCNA proves to colleagues and employers that you are an educated networking professional that’s able to manage small to medium-sized networks in the real world.
What are the pre-requirements for earning the CCNA?
The CCNA exam itself has no prerequisites, and there are no specific degree requirements to hold the certification. However, it is recommended that you have at least 2 years of real-world networking experience before preparing for the exam. Familiarity with networking basics like routing, switching and TCP/IP protocol will go a long way.
How does the CCNA examination process work?
There are two ways for students to earn the CCNA certification. The first option is to take the 200-125 exam. This is a longer, more difficult examination, where you answer 50-60 questions within a 90 minute timeframe.
The second option is to take two smaller exams, the 100-105 ICND1 and the 200-105 ICND2. Both of these exams are between 45-55 questions that are required to be completed in 90 minutes. The price for the exam will vary depending on the exam you’d prefer to take, with the 200-125 exam costing $325 and the ICND1 & ICND2 exams costing $165 each.
What format are the exam questions? What do I need to score in order to pass?
No matter which exam you take, the majority of the questions will be in a multiple choice format. In addition to multiple choice, you will be required to complete both “drag and drop” and simulation questions. In order to pass the exam, you must score 825 or higher out of the 1,000 possible points.
How do the CCNA simulation questions work? How are they scored?
Simulation questions will present you with a scenario that you will then need to investigate and solve. Simulation questions are more intensive, and thus can carry greater weight than the multiple choice or drag and drop questions. Infosec’s boot camp lab environment will prepare you for all of the question types found on the exam.
What career opportunities are available to CCNA boot camp graduates? What’s the job outlook like for CCNA professionals?
The CCNA is one of the most highly-regarded certifications in the IT industry, which in recent years has grown at a considerably steady rate. In fact, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2016 and 2026, employment opportunities for computer and information technology professionals are expected to increase by 13%. Becoming certified is a surefire way to stand out in this competitive industry.
What does this CCNA course offer that other certification prep classes do not?
Upon successful completion of our training course, you will hold the following four Cisco certifications: CCNA R&S, CCENT, CCDA, and CCNA: Security. Our course’s lab environment will give you unmatched hands-on experience with Cisco-certified materials to prepare you for the CCNA exam(s), which we will also provide you with vouchers for. Lastly, our Exam Pass Guarantee can give you the peace of mind you need in order to study effectively!
How long is the CCNA certification good for after you pass the test? What are the renewal requirements?
CCNA certifications are valid for three years after their date of issue, and can be renewed before their expiration date by passing the designated recertification exam(s). Click here for more information on CCNA recertification.
Where does the CCNA stand compared to other educational offerings in the networking field?
Other rigorous certification processes, like the MCSE, require that students take seven different exams in order to demonstrate their expertise — whereas the CCNA only requires you to take one or two exams. While the Network+ certification is also attractive as an entry-level certification, it doesn’t cover the more advanced networking and technology specific concepts that Cisco does in the CCNA.
What are the most difficult topics covered on the CCNA exam?
Students typically find the most difficult topic to comprehend on the CCNA exam is WAN Protocols, specifically anything to do with PPP, Frame Relay or ISDN. Brushing up on routing protocols (RIP, IGRP, OSPF, etc.) and access lists (basic and advanced) is also recommended.
What happens if I fail the CCNA exam? Is there a limit to the number of times you can retake it?
There is no limit to the amount of times one can take the exam(s). The only protocol Cisco has is that the candidate must wait 5 calendar days before retaking the exam. While the CCNA has a high first-time fail rate, Infosec boot camp students have a passing rate of 93%!
What job titles are most common for people who hold Cisco’s CCNA certification?
Common job titles for CCNA professionals include: Network Engineer, System Administrator, Technical Support Engineer, Computer Systems Analyst and many more.
What are some tips for preparing for the CCNA?
Apart from developing good habits of self-study, it is recommended that students gain practical experience related to the fundamentals of routing and switching. Enrolling in a training boot camp like the one offered here is also a proven strategy for success! Click here for more practical tips.
What is the average salary for CCNA professionals?
CCNA holders can negotiate higher salaries for themselves and make between $39,195 to $118,830 annually—depending on location, job title, and experience. Click here for more info on CCNA salaries.