Appendix B: Cisco CCNA Exam Preparation
Cisco certification is unique in the high tech industry since Cisco networks are at the heart of the Internet and they interconnect a variety of different types of computer systems. Whereas host operating system certifications attest your knowledge about a specific operating system, Cisco certification attests your knowledge about networking concepts and networking devices that interconnect all computer devices, thereby opening many doors for you.
The benefit of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification is proof that you know and have validated 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. The CCNA Certification can be presented to employers and clients alike as proof of competency and skill in this area.
CCNA: Foundation of Cisco Certification Pyramid
Cisco created several certification paths. All start with the CCNA certification. In other words, whether you would like to work on the networks that power the internet, or you would like to work on Voice over IP (VOIP) internet telephony, or you would like to work on storage networks, or on wireless networks, the CCNA certification ensures that you have a common core networking knowledge that can be applied to several networking applications.
Once you obtain the CCNA certification, Cisco attests that:
♦ At a high level