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CCNA Certification and Training

One training course, one exam

Achieving CCNA certification is the first step in preparing for a career in IT technologies. To earn CCNA certification, you pass one exam that covers a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers, based on the latest networking technologies, software development skills, and job roles.

CCNA gives you the foundation you need to take your career in any direction.

Exams and recommended training

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Getting started

The CCNA certification validates your skills and knowledge in network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, and automation and programmability.

Here’s how to prepare for the exam:

When you’re ready for the exam, register at Pearson VUE. After you pass the exam, you can link your digital certification badge to all your social media profiles to tell the world what you’ve achieved.

The network needs you

CCNA has been changing lives and shaping the network since 1998. Now, with the recent additions of security and automation, the certification is poised to launch a new generation of IT careers. One of them could be yours.

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Guided Study Groups

Fast-track your exam preparation.


Design, test, troubleshoot easily

Register now to access these demo-focused webinars and find out how Cisco Modeling Labs can help you and your organization.

CCNA Essentials webinar series

Watch all 3 episodes for an in-depth tour of the CCNA exam.

Self-study resources

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There are no formal prerequisites for CCNA certification, but you should have an understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

CCNA candidates often also have:

  • One or more years of experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions
  • Knowledge of basic IP addressing
  • A good understanding of network fundamentals


CCNA certification is valid for three years. As a Cisco certified individual you have flexible options to recertify when you complete eligible items through the Cisco Continuing Education program. Learn more by downloading the ebook below.

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