- [Instructor] So this isn't a beginners course. So for you to get the most out of this course, you will need to have a little bit of background information, or as I like to call it, your own personal knowledge base. Now the very first thing I would like you to have under your belt is the ICND1 material. And personally, I would like to see you have accomplished passing the exam and getting your CCENT certification. The reason, at the CCNA level and above, the knowledge you gain is based on what you learned previously.
Other benchmark targets we should reach prior to taking this course is a mastery of basic network fundamentals, such as the OSI model, the terms of bits, frames, packets and segments. If you have trouble with any of those terms off the top of your head, that's a good sign you may want to revisit the ICND1 material. Now you should also understand basic connectivity, how switches and routers interconnect to form a network. A mastery of this information is our goal and I would like you to build this information on a solid base.
So if you feel a weakness in any of the areas that we listed above, now might be a good time to revisit that subject and shore up your personal knowledge base. So where are we in the overall certification track? We're currently working on our Cisco Certified Network Associate. We are at basically the second of five overall CCNA courses. This is the natural progression of the route and switch track, after you've gained the CCENT certification.
So after you've completed this course, plus the four others in this CCNA track, you should look at taking the CCNA exam. You might consider continuing on with the CCNP, or professional level certification, and even on to the expert level. And lastly, you may even look at the most difficult, the Cisco Certified Architect level. Now again, you should shoot for a mastery of this subject matter prior to moving any further in the certification track.
A little known secret: any exam can pull a question from any other exam lower in the track. So when taking the CCIE exam in the future, you may see a question pulled directly from the CCNA level.
- Static routing
- Dynamic routing
- Interior vs. exterior routing protocols
- InterVLAN routing
- OSPF routing
- EIGRP routing
- Other routing protocols