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 https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/9860
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To achieve the CCNA certification, you can start off by aiming for one of two available certification paths shown below:
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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 (https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-13934) and reading this thread (https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/41572?tstart=0)
Good luck, keep coming back and let us know how you get on!
Thanks everyone, all your advice is extremely helpful. I'm entering a new field and dont have alot of knowledge in networking but an industry i'm very interested in and want to become the best I can. I have a pretty good knowledge with computing and always been big into computing. So all this advise is really helping me as i prepare for my CCNA, and future career in IT.
Great thanks to all who have reply so far.