CISCO Certified Network Associate: CCNA

The CCNA program prepares you for an associate-level job in IT.

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 training course and exam give you the foundation you need to take your career in any direction.


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 will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next-generation technologies.


Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increases the value of your employer's network. The CCNA Routing and Switching validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

Program Overview

Credential Earned:

Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) Certification


No. of Classes Required:






Contact Information:



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


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

Courses in This Program

Harford Community College offers three courses that will prepare you for the certification exam. The courses are taken in the following 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.



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.


Who Teaches This Program?

All instructors are certified and are working professionals. The course uses a curriculum that is certified by the certifying organization and uses real-life scenarios.