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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

What is the CCNA Certification?

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is a certification offered by Cisco Systems. It is an entry-level certification in networking fundamentals, including the ability to install, operate, and troubleshoot small to medium-sized enterprise networks.

How much does the CCNA Certification exam cost?

The cost can vary depending on several factors, including the exam delivery method, location, and any study materials or training courses you choose to purchase. As of January 2022, the cost breakdown for the CCNA certification is typically:

  1. Exam Fee: Approx  $450 AUD ($300 USD) per attempt.
  2. Study Materials and Training Courses: If you decide to purchase study materials such as books, practice exams, or enrol in training courses offered by Cisco or third-party providers, these costs can add up. Prices for study materials and courses can vary widely depending on the format and provider.
  3. Training Courses: If you opt for instructor-led training courses, the cost can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the duration and level of the course.
  4. Practice Exams: Some candidates may choose to purchase practice exams or exam preparation materials to help them prepare for the CCNA exam. These resources can range from approx.  $75 – $300 AUD ($50 – $200 USD).

What is on the CCNA exam?

The exam typically covers a range of topics related to networking fundamentals, Cisco devices and technologies, and basic network security and management concepts. A recent 2022 example of an exam, outlines the following overview of the main topics included:

1. Network Fundamentals:

  • Understanding networking concepts and models (e.g., OSI model, TCP/IP model)
  • Basics of Ethernet LANs and VLANs
  • IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting
  • TCP and UDP protocols, including port numbers

2. Network Access:

  • Configuring and verifying VLANs (Virtual LANs)
  • Understanding and configuring Layer 2 protocols (e.g., STP, EtherChannel)
  • Implementing and verifying basic wireless connectivity

3. IP Connectivity: 

  • Understanding and configuring IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols (e.g., OSPF, EIGRP)
  • Configuring and verifying static routing
  • Troubleshooting routing issues

4. IP Services:

  • Understanding DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
  • Configuring and verifying NAT (Network Address Translation)
  • Implementing and verifying NTP (Network Time Protocol)

5. Security Fundamentals: 

  • Implementing basic network security features (e.g., ACLs, port security)
  • Understanding and configuring device security features
  • Implementing and verifying WAN technologies (e.g., PPP, GRE)

6. Automation and Programmability: 

  • Understanding network programmability basics
  • Using REST APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for device configuration

How and where do I get CCNA certified?

You can obtain CCNA certification by taking the CCNA exam at any Pearson VUE testing centre worldwide. Pearson VUE is the authorized test delivery partner for Cisco certification exams. To find a Pearson VUE testing centre near you and schedule your exam, you can visit the CISCO testing page on the Pearson VUE website to find a testing centre. Or find out how to complete the exam online. 

Additionally, some training centres and institutions offer CCNA training courses to prepare for the exam. These courses may include classroom instruction, online training, practice exams, and hands-on lab exercises. You can enrol in these courses to prior to sitting the CCNA exam if you feel you need extra assistance. Cisco’s official website provides a list of authorised learning partners where you can find accredited training courses. 

What salary could I earn with a CCNA Certification?

A CCNA certification generally qualifies you for entry-level to mid-level positions in networking and IT support roles and your salary expectations can vary depending your location, level of experience, additional certifications, industry demand, and the specific job role you’re applying for. Following are some salary examples, based on positions requiring a CCNA certification and data collected from Clicks’ Salary Search Tool.

Position Salary Rate
Network Administrator $102,500 / annum $650 / day
Network Engineer $142,500 / annum $765 / day
Systems Engineer $125,000 / annum $750 / day
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