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Is the A+ certification a CCNA exam prerequisite?

Cisco certification expert David Minutella explains whether or not CompTIA A+ certification is necessary to tackling the CCNA exam.

I want to take the CCNA exam. Is A+ certification required?

The CompTIA A+ exam is not a perquisite for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). In fact, there is no prerequisite to take your CCNA exam. However, I would advise looking into taking the CompTIA Network+ exam if you are new to networking. It is a great foundation to start your networking certification experience with and will inevitably help you understand the concepts in the CCNA better.

This was last published in February 2009

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There are no prerequisite requirements for the CCNA, but having a solid understanding of underlying networking fundamentals would certainly be a big plus.