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CISCO Certified Network Associate: CCNA

If you're currently working at a help desk or as a Computer Support Technician and are looking for advancement, the CCNA program prepares you to move up the ranks in IT.

The CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching program is for entry-level network engineers that maximizes your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increases the value of your employer's network.

CCNA includes security and automation and programmability, covering a broad range of fundamentals for IT careers. Retooled for the latest technologies and job roles, the CCNA program and exam give you the foundation you need to take your career in any direction. The CCNA Routing and Switching validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

As enterprises migrate toward controller-based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification not only prepares you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensures you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next-generation technologies.


Program Overview

CCNA Routing and Switching are for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers with 1-3 years of experience.

CISCO Certified Network Association (CCNA) Certification
(upon successful completion of exam)


Contact us for current completion cycle.



Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED®

CCNA Routing and Switching are for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers with 1-3 years of experience.



Harford Community College offers three courses that prepare you for the certification exam and must be taken in sequence:

  • Cisco I
  • Cisco II
  • Cisco III

Topics covered include network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, and automatic and programmability.

What can I do when I complete this program?

After completing this program, you will be prepared to sit for the two exams, 100-101 ICND1 — Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 and 200-101 ICND2 — Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2.
Certification can lead to jobs such as:

  • Network engineer
  • Network architect
  • Network administrator

Those who complete the CCNA certification may pursue an associate degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity or an Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Certificate.

Potential Careers

Computer Network Architects in Maryland command an average salary of $123,270* in a field that is growing by 5% over the next decade. Network Administrators' average salary in Maryland is $110,890*, with growth of 4% expected over the next decade. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
* Completion of this program does not guarantee this salary.