CCNA Syllabus 2013 – 200-120

Here is an unofficial summary of the CCNA 2013 syllabus for the new 200-120 composite exam that is replacing the 640-802 from 1st October 2013.

With this change to the CCNA the barrier to entry into the networking world is becoming higher and more difficult to achieve.

If you want to give your studies a boost and reduce the time it takes you to get to CCNA level, enroll in our online CCNA video bootcamp.


CCNA Topics 2013 - Exam 200-120


IP Data Networks

  • Understand the operation of data networks.
  • Know the purpose and functions of network devices such as routers, switches, bridges and hubs.
  • Be able to select components to meet a specific network requirement.
  • Understand how certain applications can impact network performance.
  • Know the protocols, purpose and operation of both the OSI and TCP/IP models.
  • Describe the data flow between two hosts on a network
  • Be able to choose the most appropriate cables, media, ports and connectors to connect network devices and hosts to a LAN.

LAN Switching

  • Understand the media access control method for Ethernet.
  • Describe the basic switching concepts and the operation of switches.
  • Configure and verify switch configuration including remote access management.
  • Verify a network and switch operation using basic utilities such as ping, telnet and SSH.
  • Describe VLANs and the need for routing between VLANs.
  • Understand network segmentation and traffic management.
  • Be able to configure and verify VLANs.
  • Configure and verify trunking on Cisco switches.
  • Understand advanced switching technologies:
    • RSTP
    • PVSTP
    • EtherChannel
  • Be able to configure and verify PVSTP operation.
  • Describe the process of root bridge election.

IP Addressing (IPv4 and IPv6)

  • Describe the need for public and private addresses for IPv4.
  • Understand IPv6 addresses.
  • Describe the appropriate IPv6 addressing scheme for a LAN/WAN environment.
  • Describe the appropriate IPv4 addressing scheme for a LAN/WAN environment, including VLSM and summarization.
  • Describe the technologies required to run IPv6 and IPv4 concurrently such as dual stack.

IP Routing

  • Understand the basic routing concepts.
  • Understand the boot process of a Cisco router.
  • Configure and verify a basic router configuration using the command line interface.
  • Configure and verify both serial and Ethernet interfaces.
  • Be able to verify the network connectivity and configuration of a router.
  • Configure a static or default route given specific requirements, then verify.
  • Manage Cisco IOS files and image(s).
  • Understand Cisco IOS licensing.
  • Understand and distinguish different methods of routing and routing protocols.
  • Configure and verify EIGRP in a single autonomous system.
  • Configure and verify OSPF (v2 and v3) in a single area.
  • Configure and verify interVLAN routing using router-on-a-stick.
  • Be able to configure SVI interfaces.

IP Services

  • Configure and verify DHCP on a Cisco router.
  • Understand the features and applications of each type of ACL.
  • Be able to configure and verify ACLs.
  • Understand the basic operation of NAT.
  • Configure and verify NAT based on a set of network requirements.
  • Be able to configure and verify NTP as a client.
  • Recognize high availability FHRP.
  • Understand, configure and verify Syslog and utilize Syslog output.
  • Understand SNMP v2 and v3.

Network Device Security

  • Be able to configure and verify device security features.
  • Understand, configure and verify switch port security features.
  • Configure and verify ACLs for filtering network traffic.
  • Limit telnet and SSH access to a router by configuring ACLs.


  • Troubleshoot and correct common issues concerning IP addressing and host configurations.
  • Be able to utilize netflow and monitor data.
  • Troubleshoot and fix spanning tree operation.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve routing issues, including OSPF, and EIGRP.
  • Troubleshoot and correct VLAN problems.
  • Identify and resolve interVLAN problems.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve switch trunking issues.
  • Troubleshoot and fix ACL problems.
  • Troubleshoot and correct layer 1 problems.
  • Troubleshoot and correct WAN issues.
  • Troubleshoot EtherChannel issues.

WAN Technologies

  • Understand and identify different WAN technologies including:
    • Metro Ethernet
    • Frame Relay
    • VSAT
    • Cellular 3G and 4G
    • MPLS
    • T1/E1
    • ISDN
    • DSL
    • Cable
    • VPN
  • Configure and verify a serial WAN connection.
  • Configure Frame Relay on Cisco routers including verification.
  • Be able to configure and verify a PPP connection between two Cisco routers.
  • Configure and troubleshoot PPPoE.


CCNA 2013: Your Concerns Answered

We've received lots of questions concerning the changes Cisco is making to the CCNA exam and syllabus, so we thought we'd post answers to the most common queries.

What changes are Cisco making to the CCNA?

Cisco has made some changes to Associate-level certifications and also renamed the CCNA certification to CCNA Routing and Switching certification. 
The CCNA certification has changed from a foundation certification to a concentration certification.

How is the CCNA Routing and Switching different from the current CCNA?
CCNA Routing and Switching is the same certification as the CCNA, however the syllabuses for ICND1, ICND2 and CCNA Composite have been changed to keep up with technology advancements and job roles.

Are the CCNA Routing and Switching exams changing?
Yes, the exams are changing due to the new syllabuses. The current CCNA/CCENT/ICND2 exams will be retired on September 30, 2013.


How are the new exams harder than the current versions?
Yes, Cisco has taken topics from the ICND2 and included them in the ICND1 exam, such as OSPF, NAT, IPv6 and VLSM subnetting, making the CCENT certification a much tougher assignment.
The new ICND2 exam will include some topics from the CCNP such as multi-area OSPF, OSPF3, Sysylog, Netflow and EtherChannel. This really makes the CCNA Routing and Switching certificate a hard-to-get cert.

Can I mix and match the current exams with newer exams to achieve CCNA Routing and Switching?
Yes, you can mix current ICND1 exam with newer ICND2 exam or vice versa. However, note that several topics have been added to the new ICND1 and ICND2 syllabus. So if you take the new versions of these exams then you need to be prepared to answer questions on the new topics.

What has changed between the current ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA Composite exams and the newer versions of these exams?
To ensure the certifications are up-to-date with current technology, some older topics have been removed from the syllabus and several new topics have been added.
If you take the new versions of these exams then you need to be prepared to answer questions on the new topics.

What new topics are in the new CCNA Routing and Switching exam?


  • SNMP v1 and V2
  • NTP (Network Time Protocol)
  • More emphasis on IPv6
  • High availability via FHRP
  • Be able to troubleshooting everything!

Have I wasted my time learning the current CCNA?
No, the fundamentals of networking do not change, the new exams include some new topics and some have been removed, but the bulk of the syllabus will remain unchanged.

I bought a training package from your company recently, is it up-to-date?
Yes. So as long as you take your exams by 30 September 2013 and pass you will be CCNA certified. Your goal should be to pass by 30 September 2013, which gives you 6 months. We will update our training materials for the new syllabus in due course should you need to sit the new exam.

Should I stop my studies and wait to study the new version?
We advise you to continue studying and aim to take the exam before 30 September 2013. If you wait for the new version you will only delay your career. You'll probably have to start studying from the beginning again, and the new exam will be tougher than the current version.

Is the ICND2 exam required to achieve the CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, or CCNA Security certifications?
No. From March 26, 2013, you will only need to pass the ICND2 exam to achieve the CCNA Routing and Switching. You will only need to have a valid CCENT as a prerequisite for CCNA Wireless, CCNA Voice, or CCNA Security certifications.

Is the ICND2 exam required to achieve the CCDA certification?
No. From October 1, 2013, you will only need to have a valid CCENT, or CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification as a prerequisite.

My CCNA expires within 12 months, what should I do?
We strongly recommend you to recertify before the end of September 2013 before the current exams are retired, otherwise you will need to learn the new syllabus and take the new CCNA Routing and Switching exam.

What are the recertification requirements for the new CCNA Routing and Switching?
The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is valid for three years, then you will need to recertify just like the current CCNA.

New CCNA Exams for 2013

Cisco have announced that they will be retiring the current version of CCNA and CCENT/ICND2 exams at the end of September 2013. Read more about the 2013 CCNA changes.

Here are the current exam codes along with new exam codes that replace them:

The CCNA composite exam 200-120 is replacing the 640-802 CCNA composite exam from 1st October 2013.

The CCENT/ICND1 exam 100-101 is replacing the 640-822 ICND1 from 1st October 2013.

The ICND2 exam 200-101 ICND2 is replacing the 640-816 ICND2 from 1st October 2013.

CCNA Exam Changes from Oct 2013

Cisco have just announced that they will be retiring the current version of CCNA and CCENT/ICND2 exams at the end of September 2013.  Read the full press release over on the Cisco website.

The new exams will be A LOT harder than the current versions, and this means you only have until 30th September 2013 to study and pass your CCNA before the exam syllabus changes, your CCNA certification will then last you 3 years as usual.

Here are a few things that will be included in the new exam...

  • IOS v15 commands
  • IPv6 configuration
  • 802.1x security
  • Advanced troubleshooting scenarios

Devices that run Cisco IOS v15 are very expensive at the moment so setting up a home lab probably won't be an option from October 2013 until the foreseeable future.

Also, no study guides or study materials will exist for the new exams for quite a while yet, so if you've been thinking about getting your CCNA, this is really your LAST OPPORTUNITY before things become a whole lot harder and more expensive for you. 

Over the next few weeks and months we will be updating our training ready for the new exam, but we strongly advise you to begin your CCNA studies as soon as possible.

10 Ways to Fail Your CCNA

The CCNA exam is a tough exam to pass, lots of people fail first time. In this email we go through some of the main causes of failure. Hopefully it will help improve your chances of passing first time.

Ten reasons people fail their CCNA:

1.) Forgot how to subnet, didn't practice enough
2.) Not enough time spent on revision/cramming
3.) Poor troubleshooting techniques
4.) Not able to configure Cisco routers or switches without notes
5.) Ran out of time by spending too long on each question
6.) Didn't use practice questions enough to find my weak spots
7.) Not enough time spent studying and cramming weaker subjects
8.) Had to rush the simulation questions
9.) Forgot to cram/study a topic that appeared on the exam
10.) Wasn't familiar with the exam simulator and scenario questions

If you learn from the lessons above you'll be well on your way to becoming a CCNA.

Sit the CCNA Exam

CCNA exam centerWe often get emails thanking us for helping them learn networking, but they go on to explain, for one reason or another, they aren't going to sit the exam.

I think this is a big shame, and most people will regret this decision. I know most people hate sitting exams, Cisco exams are also expensive. However having the CCNA certificate and being able to put it on your CV/resumé, and business card proves that you know your stuff to potential employers and clients.

You've already done the hard part, which is learning networking fundamentals, Cisco equipment, you've probably configured routers and switches and done your fair share of troubleshooting, so why not sit the exam and be rewarded for all that hard work?CCNA Certificate

Once you get that CCNA you need to show it off, advertise the fact that you are a computer networking guru! Add it to your LinkedIn, SkillPage, Elance pages so that potential employers and clients can find you and hire you.

Go tell the world you're a CCNA!

(Exam center image courtesy of mocvdleung)

CCNA Exam Advice

Our latest CCNA graduate, Michael Tyler from Ontario, used our website to cram for his CCNA exam after enrolling in Cisco's Networking Academy at a local college. We asked him a few questions about his experience that we get asked all the time here at Internetwork Training HQ.

1.) A lot of people never know if they are ready to sit the exam, what advice would you give them?
You only get out what you put in. I'm 42 years old and it has taken me over one year studying in class. It's a lot of work but it's worth it.
I did a lot of practice tests online for free, I went over them again and again, I also played the commands in my mind over and over.
I have been told, and it's true, you will know when you are ready, you'll have that feeling when it happens and it's good.

2.) Revising for the CCNA exam can be daunting due to the amount of knowledge you need to be able to recall, how did you overcome this?
Keep going back to old labs and re-doing them. Practice, practice, practice, if you realy want this you can make it happen.

3.) What kept you motivated towards your goal of becoming CCNA certified?

My job. I don't work in IT just yet, I'm a die polisher and there is no moving up or moving on unless I make something happen and I like networking.

4.) How did you ensure you had studied enough on specific topics?
Be honest, the practice tests will give you a good idea of where to study more. Try to explain to a friend the process of what your doing at the time, by teaching someone else you will reinforce the information you know. You can not do enough sub-netting practice.

5.) What methods did you use to study for the CCNA?
I enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy at Humber College in Toronto, so I studied in class and online and with the Cisco Press books ICND1 and ICND2. I created a home lab with two switches at layer 2 and two layer 3 switches and five routers, one being a frame relay router.

6.) If you were to begin studying again, what would you do differently?
I would not go through the Cisco Networking Academy. This was not because of the course itself, but because the course teachers and pricing changed during the course which had a detrimental effect.

7.) What difference did our site have on your overall success?
The practice tests, flash cards and videos were indispensable.

Michael Tyler
CCNA Certified Engineer
Brampton Ontario, Canada

CCNA Study Advice

"Studying the CCNA itself is more conceptual and requires your complete attention to develop your skills about networks."
~ Jamshaid Riaz

We asked one of our biggest fans Jamshaid Riaz, CCNA graduate and Network Support Engineer at an ISP in Melbourne, Australia some questions about how he achieved success at the CCNA.

1.) A lot of people never know if they are ready to sit the exam, what advice would you give them?
"Finish reading your CCNA book first before attempting any papers etc as studying the CCNA itself is more conceptual and requires your complete attention to develop your skills about networks. Continuous practice is the key to be successful in this exam. Also, If you are good at sub-netting and can resolve the hardest sub-netting problems within 20 seconds then you are ready for the exams."

2.) Revising for the CCNA exam can be daunting due to the amount of knowledge you need to be able to recall, how did you overcome this?
"Best to do the quizzes and labs practice off and on, on regular basis after you clear the exams that will keep your knowledge fresh all times. Like I have many smart phone software downloaded on my phone, even books, so its always in my hand whenever I need them."

3.) What kept you motivated towards your goal of becoming CCNA certified?
"My regular self study, consistency and commitment were the key elements which motivated me toward my goal of becoming CCNA certified."

4.) How did you ensure you had studied enough on specific topics?
"I had done thorough studies and gone through Internetworktraining website for quizzes, games, Flash Cards, Cheat Sheet and videos and CCNA Book. Last but not the least, Cisco Packet tracer, GNS3 and internetworktraining Labs for router are great help to get your hands dirty with network practice."

5.) What methods did you use to study for the CCNA?
"I made a plan for 8 - 12 Weeks of self-study, finished the basic concepts and made the list of the hard topics from each chapter or topic and start practicing the hardest parts on regular basis. Mind you it's not easy, it is a full brain drain, but it is achievable if your concepts are clear about each topic."

6.) If you were to begin studying again, what would you do differently?
"I passed the CCNA exam in Feb 2012 and continuously visiting the Internetwork Training website since then. My advice about studying again, read all the topics and practice labs and do quizzes will be enough to pass in the exams. Main thing is the fundamental concepts about each topic."   

7.) What difference did our site have on your overall success?
"Basically, other than the books study, I found this website helped me in retaining the quick fundamental concepts about the topics covered in CCNA, like small definitions, Keywords, flash cards, Games, Labs and quizzes. This site was a complete help overall to cover what comes in CCNA exams. But also we need more switch labs if possible."

Jamshaid Riaz (CCNA)
Network Support Engineer
Melbourne, Australia

The Secret to CCNA Success

"The free videos you sent gave me a good head start in the learning process. I took the CCNA exam on 8th January 2013 and passed with a score of 986, it is feels real great to be CCNA."
~ Oluwapelumi Ogundijo

We asked our latest CCNA graduate Oluwapelumi Ogundijo his secret to successfully passing his CCNA exam...

1.) What methods did you use to study for the CCNA?

"I had a two-weeks instructor led training program followed by an intensive self study."

2.) What skills did you find most useful during the exam?

"Analytical, quick reasoning and good problem solving skills as the questions were framed in real life scenarios."

3.) If you were to give some tips to a friend what would you tell them?

"To combine self study with some kind of instructor-led program because there are some aspects of the course where the need arises for someone who has gone through it successfully to put you through."

4.) How did you find the CCNA exam? Was it hard, or was it as you expected?

"The CCNA exam is not difficult if well prepared for."

5.) What are you hoping the CCNA will help you achieve?

"I hope the CCNA will give me a good career start in the Information Technology field."

6.) If you were to begin studying again, what would you do differently?

"I would have done nothing differently because everything I did contributed in a way to my overall success."

Oluwapelumi Ogundijo
CCNA Certified Engineer