What is the CCNA?
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates your ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. It is an Associate level certification. There are no prerequisites (you do not have to pass the CCENT prior to taking the CCNA). The CCNA exam currently costs $300 and certification is good for 3 years. You must pass any Associate level exam (except ICND1) to satisfy the recertification requirements for a valid CCNA certification. You will need to pass the exam on or before the certification expiration date. I recommended you give yourself enough time to take the recertification exam at least two times before your expiration date. You must wait a minimum of five days before you can reattempt the same exam after failing it. In other words, schedule your first exam at least one week in advance of your expiration date.
There are two paths you can take to achieve the CCNA. You can take a single CCNA exam ($300) or two individual exams - ICND1 ($165) and ICND2 ($165). The CCNA is a 90 minute exam with 60-70 questions. ICND1 is a 90 minute exam with 45-55 questions. ICND2 is a 90 minute exam with 55-65 questions. So do you want to pay $300 and sit for a single 90 minute 70 question exam or do you want to pay $330 and sit for two separate 90 minute exams and totaling 130 questions?
My recommendation is to study hard, use this site & take and pass the single exam!
Why become a Cisco Certified Network Associate?
There are many reasons, but the primary one is to increase your marketability as a network engineer. A CCNA certification proves that you are a serious network engineer with a firm grasp on networking concepts. It shows that you have the skills needed to configure and maintain business class networks. It's a bargaining chip allowing you to demand a higher salary!
Need more convincing? Here are Ten Reasons You Should Get Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Certified
1. You’ll Be Certified by the Networking Leader
2. Certification Is the Foundation That Networking Careers Are Built Upon
3. Certification Gives You More Career Options
4. Certification Prepares You for Network Evolution in the Digital Era
5. Certification Keeps You Current on All the Latest Technology Changes
6. Certification Helps You Stand Out with Your Employer
7. Certification Helps You Learn from Your Peers
8. Certification Gives You a Full Range of Training Options
9. Certification Helps Increase Your Paycheck
10. And Don’t Forget: There Is Value in Recertification