CCNA certification is a basic level networking certification of Cisco for amateurs interested in networking field. It deals in basic skills of networking which mainly requires the knowledge about installation, configuration, operation and troubleshooting of switched networks. If you are aspiring for accomplishing this CCNA Certification, then you must be well acquainted in dealing with the troubleshooting of small domains such as LAN (local area network) ,WLAN (wireless local area network) etc. You should also have a fair knowledge about working of the protocols, such as Serial IP, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLAN’s, IGRP, Access Lists and Ethernet.
CCNA Certification cannot be considered to be a pure and safe entry in Cisco certification; you should be very well aware of the fact that it’s just the first step of the ladder in Cisco certification to become eligible for other higher certifications such as CCSP, CCNP and CCIE. To prepare effectively for this certification, you can get books or test engine CD’s online and if you are planning for training or a course, it would be an added advantage. In order to successfully accomplish CCNA certification, there are two ways and you can choose any one out of it.
Basically, there are two exams, which need to be cleared for completing this certification. Either, you can appear for each one individually or you can go for a combined one. If you select the first option to appear for individual papers, then you have to solve 45-55 questions in 75 minutes in first exam known as ICND1, which is just an introduction. The second exam is ICND2, which consists of 40 -50 questions and the total duration to complete this one is 60 minutes. If you want to go for the combined exam, then you have to solve only 55-65 questions in 90 minutes duration. It takes three years to get the CCNA certification, if you appeared for individual exams. On the other hand, you might get the certification in just one swoop, if you chose the combined exam option. The option of giving two exams individually is slightly more expensive than the single combined one, as there are individual fees for each one. You will have pros and cons for both as per your capability and requirement.