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Starting CCNA

Apr 30, 2012 1:56 AM

tyrell 3 posts since
Apr 29, 2012

Hey everyone,


I'm new to this industry and would like to post for some guidence. Im currently learning everything i need to know to take the CCNA exam and be successful. I am self teaching myself and not attending any schooling to complete this exam, however will be attending school for other IT/Networking related subjects. While doing this i have decided to learn more and take the CCNA as it will help with future employment.


I would just like to see if anyone on here has some good advise for me, books, articals, equipment, anything that you consider a "Must Have" to complete this exam. I have a friend who is currently an extreme help and has completed a couple Cisco certs and his knowledge is termendous. However everybody learns differently and everyone has different resources, information, and different ways of doing everything. If anyone would be interested in sharing any of their knowledge with me that would be great.


Also be interested in any tips for studying, gathering info, and really anything that will help with the studies. Im very good at visual learning so if anyone has sites or anything that have alot of video discussions that to would also be a big help.


Thank you,



  • Martin 13,892 posts since
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    1. Apr 30, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to tyrell)
    Re: Starting CCNA

    I think INE still has FREE CCNA videos; watch them before adn during your studies;


    PT and GNS3 or/plus real gear if u can afford it;

    Cisco Press books.


    this forum helps a lot; see and search for post like this one

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  • Rigo - Community Moderator 5,310 posts since
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    2. May 1, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to tyrell)
    Re: Starting CCNA

    Hi Tyrell,


    First of all, welcome to the Cisco Learning Network! We are glad to have you here


    To achieve the CCNA certification, you can start off by aiming for one of two available certification paths shown below:


    Option 1: 640-802 CCNA


    Option 2: 640-822 ICND1 and 640-816 ICND2


    Note: By taking the two exam option, you will achieve both the CCENT certification (completing ICND1) and CCNA certification (completing both ICND1 and ICND2). Passing the 640-802 CCNA will only certify you in CCNA.


    We recommend that you check out the CCNA Study/Learn page for recommended training and additional study resources. In addition, you can look into Cisco Press self-study materials or perhaps taking a training course with a Cisco Learning Partner if your time permits. To find a Cisco Learning Partner, please visit


    You may also want to try a few of the learning games available in the Games Arcade section.


    Feel free to participate in discussions and ask questions that may help you increase your level of knowledge and understanding of the technologies.


    For more information, please visit the CCNA certification page.


    Other general exam information can be found in the About Certfication Exams page here.


    Good luck!




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  • vivan 126 posts since
    Nov 11, 2011
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    3. May 1, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to tyrell)
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    CBT nuggets videos are very useful.



    My CCNA Video Collection

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  • Nelson 82 posts since
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    4. May 2, 2012 6:34 AM (in response to tyrell)
    Re: Starting CCNA

    Hi Tyrell


    Best bit of advice I can give you is to lookup the CCNA blueprint (exam objectives) and keep it by your side. Once you feel comfortable with all the topics (and can subnet real quick) you can be sure you'll be ready for the exam. I also recommend listening to this ( and reading this thread (


    Good luck, keep coming back and let us know how you get on!

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  • Tyler Halfpop 63 posts since
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    5. May 2, 2012 6:46 AM (in response to tyrell)
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    I think everybody has already given you some great resources.  INE, CBT Nuggets, Cisco Press, and GNS3 are some of my favorites.  All the best to you in your studies!

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