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CCDA

CCDA Overview

Learn more about the benefits and requirements associated with achieving a CCDA certification. (3:29 min)

Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) is for network design engineers, technicians, and support engineers, who enable efficient network environments with an understanding of network design fundamentals. A CCDA certified network professional demonstrates the skills required to design basic campus, data center, security, voice, and wireless networks.

Prerequisites

A valid CCENT or a valid CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

CCDA Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training
640-864 DESGN Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN)
NOTE: Updated ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA Composite exams can be applied towards the achievement of several Cisco associate-level certifications. Please visit the Associate-level Exam Logic Tool for more details.

The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN)

This course focuses on the foundational skills and knowledge necessary for professionals entering the specialization of network design or working as an apprentice to a more experienced network design engineer.
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Self-Study Materials

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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

640-864 DESGN

This exam indicates a foundation or apprentice knowledge of network design for the Cisco converged networks based on Borderless Network Architecture. CCDA certified professionals can design routed and switched network infrastructures and services involving LAN, WAN, wireless, and broadband access for businesses and organizations.

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