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I'll try to post here my try to get the CISCO certifications in order and what I'll learn in each of them...


CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate
CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional
CCNE - Cisco Certified Network Expert
CCDA - Cisco Certified Design Associate
CCDP - Cisco Certified Design Professional
CCDE - Cisco Certified Design Expert


CCNA certification is a first-level Cisco Career certification and indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of networking. CCNA certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. To become Cisco certified, a passing score on the [640-802] exam must be achieved.

CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify you must pass one of the following exams:

  • the current CCNA exam
  • the current ICND2 exam
  • a current CCNA concentration exam (IINS, IIUC, or IUWNE)
  • any professional-level exam (of the 642 category)
  • any Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams)
  • a current CCIE written exam

Three CCNA concentrations were added in October 2008. These associate-level concentrations confirm an individual's specialized skills in voice, security, and wireless.

CCNA Voice: Cisco Certified Network Associate with a Concentration in Voice
CCNA Voice Training: IIUC
CCNA Voice Exam: 640-460 IIUC
This exam validates IP telephony installation, configuration, and maintenance skills on IP Telephony enterprises that use Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express, Cisco Unity Express, and the UC500 Smart Business Communications System.

CCNA Wireless: Cisco Certified Network Associate with a Concentration in Wireless Networks
CCNA Wireless Training: IUWNE
CCNA Wireless Exam:640-721
The exam tests a candidate's knowledge of installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting small to medium-size WLANs.

CCNA Security: Cisco Certified Network Associate with a Concentration in Network Security
CCNA Security Training:IINS
CCNA Security Exam: 640-553
This exam tests competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security infrastructure, such as securing Cisco routers and switches. Includes installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity and confidentiality.


[Cisco CCNA Paths and Concentrations]

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