CCDA | Cisco Certified Design Associate


Design, operate and troubleshoot Cisco networks.

Take the next step in your career with the Cisco Certified Design Associate. The CCDA demonstrates the ability to support Cisco Design teams and work on projects. Achieving this certification provides unique employment opportunities as you continue to gain Design experience. Those who continue training on this career path are eligible for the highest certification Cisco offers.

This course is going to expand upon existing knowledge acquired at the entry level and will prepare students for associate-level Design practices. Students with an updated CCENT must successfully write one qualifying exam to achieve the CCDA.

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Train for a lucrative career in design. Students who earn the CCDA and become network engineers have employment opportunities in many industries around the world.



Industries all over the world require professionals who are capable of designing, operating and troubleshooting large networks. Fill the demand in this highly rewarding field.




The Cisco Certified Design Associate certification is recognized in every country around the world and provides an opportunity to work in many different industries.

Course guide

Qualification: CCDA

Study time: 35 hours

Vendor: Cisco

Student support: Success Advisors

Prerequisites: CCENT, CCNA +  familiarity with basic internetworking technologies such as LAN, WAN, bridging, switching protocols and network management

Assessment: Exam based – CCDA  640-864

Resources: Internet access and email

Ideal for:  Junior network engineer, entry level support technician, telecoms support engineer, network designer or technical consultant


640-864: DESGN 2.1

  • Applying a methodology to network design
  • Structuring and modularising the network
  • Designing basic campus switched networks
  • Designing an enterprise WAN
  • Designing IP addressing for the network
  • Selecting routing protocols for a network
  • Evaluating security solutions for the network
  • Designing networks for voice transport
  • Applying basic network management design concepts

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