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CCNA (200-301) Crash Course

Get Ready to Crush the Cisco CCNA 200-301 Exam

Topic: System Administration
Kevin Wallace

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification is one of the most popular certifications in the IT industry. Attainment of this certification not only lets hiring managers know that you’re comfortable working with Cisco networking platforms, but it also enhances and updates your current skill set.

Cisco’s new CCNA exam (200-301) releases on February 24, 2020, and this course prepares you to be successful on that exam, through sixteen hours of lecture and hands-on labs (using Cisco Packet Tracer).

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Discuss fundamental networking technologies (e.g. devices, designs, and cabling)
  • IPv4 subnetting skills (e.g. working with binary numbering, determining the number of hosts and subnets supported by a subnet mask, and usable ranges of IP addresses)
  • IPv6 characteristics (e.g. the format of an IPv6 address, how to shorten addresses, and various categories of IPv6 addresses)
  • Ethernet switching (e.g. VLANs, trunking, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), and EtherChannel)
  • Routing (e.g. routing theory, static routes, and OSPF)
  • Wireless networking (e.g. wireless LAN design considerations and wireless LAN configuration)
  • Network services (e.g. NAT, NTP, DHCP, SNMP, and QoS)
  • Network security (e.g. common network threats, network defense strategies, access control lists (ACLs), and Layer 2 security features)
  • Network programmability (e.g. overview of Software Defined Networking (SDN) networks and SDN applications, including Puppet, Chef, and Ansible)
  • Exam preparation (e.g. registration, study strategies, and exam day strategies)

This training course is for you because...

  • This training prepares certification candidates for the Cisco CCNA (200-301) exam.
  • This training equips network professionals with the fundamental skills required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot modern Cisco networks.


  • Since this is an introductory-level course in networking, the only prerequisites are a basic knowledge of what a network is and a desire to learn more.

Materials, downloads, or Supplemental Content needed in advance

  • This training covers the core topics in the CCNA curriculum. To round out the remaining topics in the curriculum, attendees will be required to view assigned sections of the CCNA 200-301 Complete Video Course, which will be available through O'Reilly Learning.


  • If an attendee has no experience working with networking technologies, they could benefit by viewing the CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Complete Video course, available through O'Reilly Learning at: https://learning.oreilly.com/videos/comptia-network-n10-007/9780134848167

Common Misunderstandings

  • Many network professionals are intimidated by certification exams. However, this training not only gives you the knowledge to be successful on your exam, but it also includes a module on exam preparation strategies and best practices to follow on the day of your exam.
  • Many network professionals avoid the CCNA exam due to the plethora of topics it contains. However, this newly announced version of the CCNA exam contains less topics than its predecessor. Also, many of the more challenging topics (e.g. IP SLA and OSPFv3) have been removed from the CCNA-level exam and moved to the CCNP track.

About your instructor

  • Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 No. 7945 (Collaboration and Route/Switch), is a Cisco Certified Systems Instructor (CCSI No. 20061), and he has earned multiple Cisco professional and associate-level certifications in the Route/Switch, Collaboration, Security, Design, and Data Center tracks. With Cisco experience dating back to 1989, Kevin has been a Network Design Specialist for the Walt Disney World Resort, an instructor of Cisco courses for Cisco Learning Partners (CLPs), and a Network Manager for Eastern Kentucky University. Currently, Kevin produces video courses and writes books for Cisco Press/Pearson IT Certification (http://kwtrain.com/books). Also, he owns and operates Kevin Wallace Training, LLC (http://kwtrain.com), a provider of self-paced training materials that simplify networking topics. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and he lives in central Kentucky with his wife (Vivian) and two daughters (Sabrina and Stacie).


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Segment 1: Foundational Networking Technologies Length: 1 hour

  • Instructor will discuss network components, design options, and network cabling.
  • Instructor will identify common troubleshooting issues related to network cabling.

Segment 2: IPv4 Addressing Length: 1.5 hours

  • Instructor will demonstrate how to calculate subnet masks to meet a variety of network design requirements.
  • Attendees will be challenged with in-class subnetting exercises.

Segment 3: IPv6 Addressing Length: 1 hour

  • Instructor will explain the structure of an IPv6 address and identify various categories of IPv6 addresses.
  • Attendees will be challenged with an in-class IPv6 address abbreviation exercise.

Segment 4: Ethernet Switching Length: 2 hours

  • Instructor will demonstrate the configuration of various features on Cisco Catalyst switches.
  • Attendees will participate in an in-class Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) exercise.

Segment 5: IP Routing Length: 2.5 hours

  • Instructor will demonstrate the configuration of static routing on Cisco routers.
  • Instructor will demonstrate the configuration of the OSPF dynamic routing protocol on Cisco routers.

Segment 6: Wireless Networks Length: 1.5 hours

  • Instructor will identify components and design considerations for wireless networks.
  • Instructor will explain how to perform various wireless LAN configuration tasks using a wireless LAN controller (WLC).

Segment 7: Network Services Length: 2 hours

  • Instructor will contrast various network services, including: DHCP, NAT, and NTP.
  • Attendees will be able select appropriate quality of service (QoS) tools for a given design scenario.

Segment 8: Network Security Length: 2 hours

  • Instructor will contrast various approaches to securing a network.
  • Attendees will be able to configure access control lists (ACLs) to prevent unwanted traffic from entering a network.

Segment 9: Network Programmability Length: 1.5 hours

  • Instructor will explain the impact of Software Defined Networking (SDN) on the role of IT professionals.
  • Attendees will be able to contrast various SDN applications, including Puppet, Chef, and Ansible.

Segment 10: Final Preparation Length: 30 minutes

  • Instructor will explain the procedure of registering for a Cisco certification exam.
  • Attendees will be equipped with study strategies and a collection of best practice recommendations for their exam day.