Updated: Feb 20
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is :
"How do you recommend I prepare for the CCNA?"
I've answered this several times in my DMS and decided to make an updated guide for the new exam. Consider this your one-stop-shop for CCNA studying.
CCNA Exam Guide - Provides a detailed overview of the objectives that will be on the exam. Cost: Free
CCNA 200-301 Offical Certification Guide - This is Cisco's guide to the exam material. I personally treat these as my source of truth when taking the exam. Cost: $42.49 on Amazon
Nice to Have
CCNA 200-301 Portable Command Guide - This is a must-have even after you pass the exam. This book has all of the key commands for the CCNA Level Engineers. Cost: $31.49 on Amazon
31 Days Before Your CCNA Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the CCNA 200-301 Certification Exam - Just as the title suggests, this Is a comprehensive review guide for when you're a month away from your exam. Cost: $31.18 on Amazon
Other Books I've heard Great Reviews about:
Cisco CCNA Certification: Exam 200-301 by Todd Lammel Cost: $52.99 on Amazon
CCNA 200-301 Exam Cram Cost: $43.19 on Amazon
The next key component to your success will be a video course.
Popular Training Libraries
Pluralsight: Standard Subscription provides access to their core library. Premium provides access to the full library with quizzes and labs. Standard Cost $29.00 per month, Premium Cost $45.00 per Month
INE: This subscription provides both a video course, labs, and quizzes. Cost: $49.00 per month
Free YouTube Courses
Free CCNA 200-301 | Complete Course 2021 by Jeremy's IT Lab
Cisco CCNA 200-301 | 145+ vid Playlist by Keith Barker
Free Cisco CCNA 200-301 Course by David Bombal
Low-Cost Udmey Courses
If you click a link and it's full price, please wait for a sale. You can usually snag these courses for less than $15.
Finally, you will want to lab the concepts you're learning. #LabEveryday.
Packet Tracer is sufficient for the CCNA. No need to build a big fancy lab if you don't have the money. It's free from Cisco after you watch the 1-Hour how-to course.
If you want something more advance but don't have time or energy to set up your own virtual lab, you can subscribe to CloudMyLab.com. They offer subscriptions to GNS 3, EVE-NG, and Cisco Modeling Labs. Cost $30 - $100 per month.
101 Labs - Cisco CCNA: Hands-on Practical Labs for the 200-301 - Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions Exam Cost: $39.99 on Amazon (Free with Kindle Unlimited)
Free Lab Resources
CCNA Routing & Switching Packet Tracer Labs by Jeremy's IT Lab
CCNA Packet Tracer Labs by David Bombal
What are your favorite resources for the CCNA?
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