Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification Training

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The CCNA v3 Certification Training includes both Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 1 (ICND1) and Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Part 2 (ICND2) courses merged into one. Participants in this Certified Network Association course will learn to install, configure, operate, and manage basic IPv4 / IPv6 networks. This CCNA boot camp on Routing & Switching course also imparts skills to configure a LAN switch and IP router, connect to WAN, and find security threats. This Cisco Certification will cover in detail topics related to troubleshooting in enterprise networks and prepare candidates for the real world once they complete their CCNA examination. After CCNA Routing & Switching (R&S) v3.0 course completion, participants will acquire key skills and knowledge to configure, operate, manage and troubleshoot a medium-sized enterprise network, including the ability to ensure security of the network.





  • Describe Network fundamentals and build simple LANs by studying CCNA v3
  • Establish Internet connectivity
  • Manage and secure network devices through Cisco Network Certification
  • Expand small - to medium-sized networks
  • Describe IPv6 basics
  • Operate a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches supporting VLANs, trunking, switch stacking, chassis aggregation and spanning tree protocol
  • Troubleshoot IP connectivity
  • Configure and troubleshoot EIGRP and OSPF in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Define characteristics, functions and components of a WAN

Although CCNA Routing & Switching certification exam has no official prerequisites, the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification is recommended and acts as good starting point to prepare for the more advanced CCNA certification. CCENT certification is obtained by passing the first part of the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND1) exam.

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic IP address knowledge
  • Good understanding of network fundamentals


  • What Is an Internetwork?
  • History of Internetwork
  • Open System Interconnection Reference Model
  • Characteristics of the OSI Layers
  • OSI Layers Protocols and their functions
  • OSI Model and Communication between Systems
  • Encapsulation of Data
  • Connection-Oriented and Connectionless Network Services
  • Internetwork Addressing
  • Data Link Layer Addresses
  • MAC Addresses
  • Mapping Addresses
  • Network Layer Addresses
  • Flow Control Basics
  • Error-Checking Basics
  • Identify the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors


  • Ethernet Technologies
  • Identify basic switching concepts
  • Introduction to SVI
  • Configure and verify initial switch configuration
  • Configure Remote Access Management on Cisco Switch
  • Managing the MAC Address Tables
  • Securing Cisco LAN Switches
  • Switchport Security on Cisco Switches
  • Etherchanneling Techniques
  • EtherChannel PAgP and LACP modes
  • Introduction to Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Introduction to Portfast, Uplink Fast, Backbone Fast
  • Introduction to BPDU Guard and BPDU Filter
  • Configuration of Root Guard
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • Introduction to Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN)
  • VLAN Frame Tagging
  • What is Native VLAN and Trunk Port?
  • How to configure VLAN trunk link and native VLAN?
  • Configuration of Basic VLAN
  • Configuration of VLAN with Router on Stick Method
  • Configuration of Multilayer Switch VLAN
  • Introduction to VTP
  • Configuration of VTP
  • Configuration of Voice VLAN
  • What is DTP (Dynamic Trunking Protocol?)


  • IP Addressing Basics
  • IP Address Classes
  • Private IP Addressing
  • Public IP Addressing
  • Subnetting
  • Subnet Mask
  • Variable Length Subnet Masks (VLSMs)
  • Voice Overlay Subnets
  • Summarization
  • IP Multicast
  • Managing IP Addresses
  • IP Addressing in the Smart Business Architecture
  • Introducing IPv6
  • IPv6 Features
  • Differences between IPv4 and IPv6
  • IPv6 Address formats


  • What is Routing?
  • What is null interface in a Cisco Router?
  • What is loopback interface in a Cisco Router?
  • Difference between Routing and Switching
  • Types of Routing Protocols
  • Introduction to Static Routing
  • Configuration of Static Routing
  • Understanding Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
  • Configuration of RIP v1 and V2
  • Understand the function of Distance Vector Protocol
  • Understanding Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP)
  • Configuration of IGRP
  • Understand the function of Link State Protocol
  • Understanding Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • Understanding Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  • Understanding Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS)
  • Understanding Border Gateway Protocol


  • Cisco Router Boot Sequence
  • Exploring the Cisco IOS File System
  • How to install Solarwinds Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) Server
  • Backup Cisco IOS and Configuration file thru TFTP
  • Naming Convention of Cisco IOS Image Files
  • Upgrade Cisco IOS from TFTP Server
  • Router Password Recovery


  • Configure and verify DHCP Server
  • What is Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP?)
  • Important Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) IOS commands
  • Introduction to Access Control Lists (ACL)
  • Standard Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Access Control List (ACL) - Wildcard Masks
  • Extended Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Extended Access Control List (ACL) - Operators
  • Extended Access Control List (ACL) - TCP and UDP port numbers and names
  • Extended Access Control List (ACL) - TCP and UDP port numbers and names
  • Named Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • How to edit a Named Access Control List (ACL) on router
  • What is NAT (Network Address Translation?)
  • What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of NAT?
  • Different types of NAT - Static NAT, Dynamic NAT and PAT
  • NAT Address types - Inside Local, Inside Global, Outside Local, Outside Global
  • How to configure static NAT in a Cisco Router
  • How to configure PAT in a Cisco Router
  • Recognize High availability (FHRP)
  • Configure and verify Syslog
  • Describe SNMP v2 and v3


  • What is Packet Switching Networks?
  • Introduction to Frame Relay
  • Configuration of Frame Relay
  • Introduction to ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode)
  • Introduction to X.25
  • What is Circuit Switching Networks?
  • Introduction to ISDN
  • Introduction to Dial-on-Demand Routing
  • Configuration of DSL Modem, Cable Modem and Dial up Configuration
  • Introduction to PPP Authentication
  • Introduction to PAP and CHAP authentication Methods
  • Configuration of PPP on CHAP
  • Configuration of PPP on PAP
  • Introduction of HDLC and Synchronous Data Link Control


  • Introduction to Wireless Technologies
  • Wireless Components Overview
  • Describe WLAN Standards and IEEE 802.11
  • Wireless Security Types

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Mangesh Dnyaneshwar Abnave is Consultant and Trainer with 15 years of experience in information technology. Worked on various virtualization technology deployed successfully with various clients. For e.g. VMware ESX, ESXi 4.1/5.0, vCenter, vSphere, VMware Converter, SRM PlateSpin Migrate, Double-take, SRM, VMware View 4.5 and ThinApp. Cisco 1800, 2600, 2800, 3800 Routers Cisco Catalyst 2950, 3550, 3750, 4500, 6500 Cisco UCS C210, HP Prolaint DL & BL Series, DELL PowerEdge Cisco ISE & ACS Server


Please tell me how many questions in the real CCNA exam, and how much time to answer them?

  • Until now, you have 90 minutes to answer 50 questions in the real CCNA Exam but if your native language is not English, Cisco allows you a 30-minute exam time extension. But there are a few requirements to get this extension, so the best way is asking your teacher or mentor before taking the exam.

How much does the CCNA Exam 200-125 cost? And how many points I need to pass the exam?

  • It now costs $325 (big money, right?)
  • The passing score is 810/1000.

How many ways can I get the CCNA certification?

  • There are 2 ways to achieve this certification:
  • By taking two exams ICND-1 100-105 and ICND-2 200-105
  • By taking only one CCNA 200-125 exam

I got the CCNA certification, will this certification expire?

  • CCNA Certification is valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass the current CCDA exam, or pass any 300 – XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

After completing the INTRO exam (ICND 1), students currently have a three-year window in which to complete the ICND exam (ICND 2) to earn CCNA certification. Will this option still exist?

  • Yes, students will still be able to take and pass the first exam (INTRO or ICND1) and have a three-year window to pass the second exam (ICND2), before the first exam expires.

If students fulfill the exam requirements for the CCNA certification, will they also receive CCENT certification?

  • No, students who certify at the CCNA level will not earn CCENT certification. The purpose of the CCENT certification is to provide an option for those who aren’t ready for CCNA.
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Which sims will I see in the CCNA exam?

  • The popular sims now are ACL1 Sim, IPv6 OSPF Sim, EIGRP GRE Troubleshooting Sim, RIPv2 Troubleshooting, DHCP Sim, Access-list 2 sims but no one can guarantee you will not see other sims in your exam. So the best way is practicing all sims on this site.

How many points will I get for one sim?

  • Well, Cisco doesn’t tell how many points you will get for each correctly solved sim but from my experience, you will get from 80 to 100 points for each sim. Cisco maybe is a bit rude for sims because you will just get a few points if you can’t solve the sim completely. So be careful with the sims and try to write all the commands on paper many times before taking this exam.

In the real exam, I clicked “Next” after choosing the answer, can I go back for reviewing?

  • No, this is a very important thing about CCNA Exam. You can just go forward! You can visit to be familiar with the exam interface.

What is the key to pass CCNA?

  • The CCNA exam covers many aspects of networking and most of the topics will be asked. But the most important topic is subnetting so make sure you understand how to subnet. Of course other topics are important too so you shouldn’t bypass them.

Can I use short commands, for example “conf t” instead of “configure terminal”? Will I get full mark for short commands?

  • It is another big question in the CCNA exam. Some reports said that you can use the “Tab” and short commands but some said they didn’t work. Sometimes the simulator in the exam doesn’t accept short commands and marks as “incomplete command”. Besides, no one can guarantee it will cost points or not if you use short commands so my recommendation is you should learn the full commands.

How much time should I spend on each sim?

  • You should not spend more than 15 minutes for each sim. Recall that you only have 90 minutes so if you spend 15 minutes for each sim x 4 sims = 60 minutes (now the sims have been reduced to 3 but we calculate 4 sims for safe). The 30 minutes left is for solving 40 multiple choice questions. If you are not a native English speaker and have 30-minute expansion (ask your teacher or testing center to confirm) than you can spend 20 minutes for each sim.

Can I pass without doing sims?

  • As mentioned above, each sim will cost you from 80 to 100 points. In the real exam you will have to solve 4 sims that give from 320 to 400 points. Suppose you answer all other questions perfectly then you will get 600 to 680 points but the passing score is 825. It means that you surely fail if ignore them.
  • From the calculation above, if you miss only one sim the chance to pass is average but if you miss two, the chance to pass is very, very low.

I need to know if the exam questions are the same in all the geographical locations?

  • Yes, the exam questions are the same in all geographical locations. But notice that Cisco has a pool of questions and each time you take the exam, a number of random questions will show up so you will not see all the same questions as the previous exam.

I am going to take the exam in a few days and I wonder can we have a pen and paper for IP calculations or calculator itself?

  • You are not allowed to bring a calculator or anything else to the exam room. You can’t use the virtual calculator in Windows, too. You will receive a rough paper or a small board to write everything you need during the exam. However, you should bring a pen or a pencil because sometimes the exam hall doesn’t have one (yes, some exam centers are not good) and maybe it will make you more comfortable.

I failed the exam. Will I see the same questions and sims in my next try?

  • Cisco has a pool of questions and sims so you will see some same (but surely not all) questions in your next exam. Luckily, the sims are the same (read question 7 for popular sims in the exam).

In the exam, how can I access to the routers in the simulator?

  • As you can see in the exam, there is always one PC connected to the router you need configure. Just click on this PC to be taken to the CLI of the router (no need to type telnet … or do anything else). Of course it is not true in real life but maybe Cisco did it that way to save you some time!

I am going to take the exam in a couple of days. Where can I get newest information from candidates who have just passed the exam?

  • You can visit the Share your CCNA Experience section in this site, scroll down to the bottom of that page to read newest information about CCNA exam.I really want to say thanks to all candidates who are willing to share experience after taking the exam. It is an invaluable gift for CCNA candidates.

I passed CCNA. Do you have any site similar to for CCNP?

  • We have for ROUTE, for SWITCH and for TSHOOT, for CCNA Voice, for CCNA Security and for CCDA. We always try our best to bring you newest information about these exams, hope you enjoy these sites too!

. I am going to get my CCNA exam and I have a question: in the drag and drop questions are the answers must be arranged?

  • It depends on the questions. If the question clearly states that you have to arrange the answers in a given order (for example, from smallest to greatest; from lowest to highest; step 1,2,3…) then you have to arrange them correctly. In most cases, you don’t need to arrange them so don’t worry and don’t try to learn the order shown in the materials you use before taking the exam.

Hi all, I want to ask if out of 5 questions in the sim 1 or 2 questions are answered wrongly, do we get 0 marks for that sim or get something for other correct answers?

  • You still get points for the parts you answered correctly so try to answer as much as possible for that sim.

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Mr.Ammar Elkaderi

Senior Business Analyst

I generally review any trainer and corresponding training program on the basis of the value it adds to the participants. Must say, this training course (my first with a corporate training company like Vinsys) added a lot of value and I had a lot of clarity on the subject. The fact that the trainers actually discussed several industry scenarios helped me to relate to a lot of things pretty easily. Overall, I am delighted that I attended this program and upgraded myself in the right way!


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Senior Business Analyst

Training was good. Trainer was excellent and maintained a high degree of professionalism through out the training.He had great patience in clarifying all the questions and quoted very good examples to explain the concepts. Overall it was a great experience.


Ernest Williams


Had a satisfying learning experience with this training at Vinsys. Pros:Simple language used by the trainer to explain the concepts.Strong hold of the subject for the trainer which enabled him to clear the tiniest of doubts easily. Good pace maintained throughout the program.Innovative demonstration of few relevant case studies.Highly interactive session.Cons:Wish this program was a bit longer. Got to learn a lot and wanted to learn more!

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