What is a Cisco Certified Network Associate?

The Cisco Certified Network Associate is a security certification that helps professionals demonstrate their knowledge and hands-on skills to install, troubleshoot and monitor Cisco security network devices. 

Why is a CCNA important?

The CCNA security certification is a prerequisite for becoming a Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP). It is an associate-level certification that covers the fundamentals of networking, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security, automation, and programmability. 

Who needs a CCNA?

The CCNA is designed for professionals across industries working in associate-level roles in IT networking and security.  

How to become a certified

The CCNA certification is one exam focused on the technologies needed to implement and administer networking and IT infrastructure. 

There are no prerequisites however, it is recommended that candidates have at least one year of hands-on experience with Cisco solutions, a basic understanding of IP addressing, and a strong understanding of networking fundamentals.

Who is the certifying association?

Cisco awards CCNA certification. 

Requirements to stay certified

The CCNA certification remains valid for three years. Cisco offers flexible programs to recertify with continuing education credits.