CCNA Routing and Switching
Scope and Sequence
The Cisco CCNA® Routing and Switching curriculum is designed for Cisco Networking Academy® students who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry or hope to fulfill prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills. CCNA Routing and Switching provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from
fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development.
The curriculum is appropriate for students at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers.
The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum consists of four courses that make up the recommended learning path. Students will be prepared to take the Cisco CCENT® certification exam after completing a set of two courses and the CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam after completing a set of four courses. The curriculum also
helps students develop workforce readiness skills and builds a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs. Figure 1 shows the different courses included in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum.
Figure 1. CCNA Routing and Switching Courses
In each course, Networking Academy™ students will learn technology concepts with the support of interactive media and apply and practice this knowledge through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce
their learning. CCNA Routing and Switching teaches comprehensive networking concepts and skills, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Students will progress
from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum.
CCNA Routing and Switching includes the following features:
● Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCENT and CCNA certification exams, networking related degree programs, and entry-level networking careers.
● The language used to describe networking concepts is designed to be easily understood by learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities help reinforce comprehension.
● Courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills.
● Multimedia learning tools, including videos, games, and quizzes, address a variety of learning styles and
help stimulate learning and promote increased knowledge retention.
● Hands-on labs and Cisco® Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help students develop critical
thinking and complex problem solving skills.
● Embedded assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired
Course Structure and Sequences
Market research and global employers have consistently indicated that the skills gap for general networking skills is shrinking, while the skills gap for essential networking technologies such as security, voice, and wireless, and for emerging technologies, such as data center, cloud, and video, is growing. As a global leader in technology and
networking, Cisco developed the new CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching certifications and curriculum to remain aligned with the rapidly changing global job market and trends.
As a result of the changes to the certification exams, students can choose to pursue Cisco advanced technology certifications after achieving the prerequisite CCENT certification. The recommended CCNA Routing and Switchingcourse flow supports student flexibility by helping students prepare for the CCENT certification exam after the first
two courses, and helps them prepare for the CCNA certification exam after completing all four courses.
Figure 2 shows the four courses that make up the recommended CCNA Routing and
Switching course sequence:
Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks, and Connecting Networks.
These courses may significantly enhance employment opportunities by enabling students to acquire skills they can immediately use in their jobs, and may accelerate their ability to pursue advanced technology certifications.