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What is CCNA Routing and Switching?

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 29, 2015 3:20:38 PM / by Ariana Ciancio

Cisco- CCNA Routing and Switching Certification

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is an intermediate Cisco networking certification. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification will validate your knowledge of the fundamentals of networking including your ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized enterprise routed and switched networks.

While there are no perquisites to obtain this certification it is recommended to have 1-3 years of networking experience prior to taking the CCNA Routing and Switching exam. Networking professionals often work towards this certification after achieving the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician Certification (CCENT), which covers the basics of small-sized networks. Once the CCNA Routing and Switching certification is obtained, it is valid for three years.

Why Become CCNA Routing and Switching Certified?

The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is an ideal credential for professionals working towards advancing their networking careers and salaries, all while staying current on emerging networking topics. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is a well-known and valued networking certification amongst other certifications in the industry. This associate-level networking certification will open up the door to rewarding job opportunities and set you apart in your job search by showcasing your knowledge and dedication to the industry.

Who is the CCNA Routing and Switching Certification for?

-Network Specialists
-Network Administrators
-Network Support Engineers


The CCNA Routing and Switching Certification Exam

There are two exam options to obtain your CCNA Routing and Switching certification which can be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center.

-200-120 CCNA (90 minutes, 50-60 questions) topics include all the areas covered under ICND 1 and ICND2 Exams.

Topics Covered Include:

Operation of IP Data Networks
LAN Switching Technologies
IP Addressing (IPv4/IPv6)
IP Routing Technologies
IP Services
Network Device Security
WAN Technologies


-100-101 ICND1 - CCENT Certification Exam (90 minutes, 50-60 questions)

-200-101 ICND2 (75 minutes, 50-60 questions)


CCNA Certification Jobs and Average Salaries in the D.C. Area

The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification is often required for many networking jobs such Network Administrators and Network Engineers. Having the CCNA credential can increase your starting salary for networking jobs as well. Below you will find the average salaries in the D.C. area of common jobs achievable with a CCNA Routing and Switching Certification. It is important to recognize that different factors affect these average salaries including experience, location, company size, etc.

Network Engineer- $48,732 - $112,727

Network Administrator- $41,643 - $92,427

Sr. Network Engineer- $77,083 - $138,668

IT Manager- $56,617 - $149,481

Make the first step towards becoming CCNA certified with CCNA Routing and Switching training in DC, Maryland, Virginia, or online! (Request class info to the right)

What to do After the CCNA Certification?

After becoming CCNA certified, you can choose to further advance your networking career with the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification. Cisco recommends this certification for networking professionals with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. To obtain the CCNP certification you must be CCNA certified.


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Ariana Ciancio

Written by Ariana Ciancio

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