How do students move from CCNA discovery and exploration to CCNA Routing and Switching?

Certification: Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching


There are 7 sets of courses that are coordinated and aligned to Cisco CCENT and CCNA Router and Switch Certifications. The major modifications of the content have to do with the evolving technologies but are equivalent to each course in technical ways. The design of the new concepts are better and much more advanced. Various learning options for students as well as teaching flexibility incorporate the entire sets of curriculum.

CCNA Discovery and Exploration:

1. Highly open-minded

2. Ample activities based on labs and PTs

3. Simpler ways of introducing the chapters

CCNA Route and Switch:

1. Activities for integrated skills

2. Develops competence

3. Acquiring skills as activities develop

4. Introduction to chapters are more pronounced with emphasis on the concept and its significant function

Overview: Introduction to Networks Course

Students who accomplish this course will bear the following capabilities:

  1. Utilising the common network utilities in verifying small network operations while analysing data traffic
  2. Ability to use Cisco’s CLI commands in configuring basic router and switches
  3. Broad knowledge and skills on devices and services used for communications in the Internet and networking
  4. Exceptional knowledge on the functions of various protocol layers in the data network
  5. Ability to create and establish an Ethernet network with the use of simple switches and routers
  6. Capability to describe the fundamental concepts of the Ethernet (operations/services/media)
  7. Ability to design and calculate, apply compliant subnet masks and address to the IPv6 and IPv4 networks
  8. Comprehensive skill and understanding to determine the significance of naming and addressing schemes on different layers of network within IPv6 and IPv4 setting

Overview: Routing and Switching Essentials Course

Students who accomplish this course will bear the following capabilities:

  1. Configuration and troubleshoot techniques for NAT operations
  2. Comprehensive skills in operating knowledge on the benefits of NAT
  3. Understands the function of ACLs
  4. Configuration and troubleshooting the inter-VLAN route and VLANs
  5. Knows how to explain the functions of DHCP and DNS for IPv6 and IPv4
  6. Extensive knowledge on operating Cisco switches and basic concepts of switching
  7. Knows all the functions of 802.1q, PVSTP, RSTP, VTP and VLANs
  8. Skills in troubleshooting and configuring basic functions of a small switched network
  9. Enhanced skills in the configuration of basic router operations (RIPv1 and RIPv2, OSPF and single area OSPF)
  10. Knows the functions of route lookup process, routing tables and router operations
  11. Skills in configuring stating routing with the use of default routing
  12. Comprehensive knowledge on VLANs and how routing occurs on separate networks
  13. Ability to explain the dynamic routing protocols, link-state protocols and distance vector protocols

Overview: Scaling Networks Course

Students who accomplish this course will bear the following capabilities:

  1. Enhanced skills and knowledge to operate Cisco’s VLAN Trunk Protocol and the functions of link aggregation
  2. Adept configuration and troubleshooting techniques on RSTP, STP and VTP
  3. Skilled at configuring advanced operations on routers while executing EIGRP, RIP and OSPF
  4. Configuration and troubleshooting the functions of a much more complicated routed network for the IPv6 and IPv4, OPSF (Single area and Multiarea), EIGRP
  5. Knows the function of Spanning Tree Protocol
  6. Troubleshooting techniques for STP
  7. Configuring and troubleshooting DNS and DHCP for IPv6 and IPv4

Overview: Connecting Networks Course

Students who accomplish this course will bear the following capabilities:

  1. Ability to create network architectures
    • Combined technology solutions
    • Virtualisation of Data Centres
    • Borderless Networking
  2. Highly skilled in monitoring and troubleshooting NetFlow, SNMP and syslog
  3. Configuration skills and troubleshooting techniques in IPSec Tunnel operations
  4. Exceptional skills in broadband connections troubleshooting
  5. Exceptional skills in serial connections troubleshooting
  6. Comprehensive knowledge in WAN technologies and their functions
  7. Comprehensive skills in operating VPNs and tunnel and know the functions of each

These four courses enable the students to gain more choices to pursue in the ICT industry with specialised skills in Wireless, Voice and Network Security. The CCNA courses are the best solutions to the highly demanding industrial skills in the Information Communications Technology at present.

To conclude this article, here are some recommendations for the students in transitioning to Cisco’s CCNA Router and Switch Course from the CCNA Discovery and Exploration Courses:

Discovery Course Transition:

  1. Review the CCND1 and CCND2 to supplement the transition to Routing and Switching Essentials Course. Identify the gaps in knowledge from Introduction to Networks Course
  2. Review the CCND2 and CCND3 to supplement the transition to Scaling Networks Course. Identify the gaps in knowledge from Routing and Switching Essentials Course
  3. Review the CCND3 and CCND4 to supplement the transition to Connecting to Networks Course. Identify the gaps in knowledge from Scaling Networks Course

Exploration Course Transition:

  1. Review the CCNA E1 and CCNA E2 to supplement the transition to Routing and Switching Essentials Course. Identify the gaps in knowledge from Introduction to Networks Course
  2. Review the CCNA E2 and CCNA E3 to supplement the transition to Switched Networks or Scaling Networks Courses. Identify the gaps in knowledge from Routing Protocols Course
  3. Review the CCNA E3 and CCNA E4 to supplement the transition to Connecting Networks Course. Identify the gaps in knowledge from Switched Networks Course

Cisco has given the dates for the end-of-life for all English versions of the CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration as well as for the transitional courses in CCNA R&S Courses.

All courses for CCNA Discovery: December 01, 2104-June 30, 2015

All courses for CCNA Exploration: December 01, 2014-June 30, 2015

CCNA Routing and Switching Courses: December 01, 2014-June 30, 2015

  • Network Basics
  • Routing Protocols
  • Switched Networks

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