CCNA v7.0 Curriculum – Scope and Sequence

Target Audience

The Cisco CCNA® curriculum is designed for Cisco Networking Academy® participants who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry or hope to fulfill prerequisites to pursue more specialized ICT skills. CCNA provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics including; IP fundamentals, network security and services, network programmability and automation while providing learners opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development.

The curriculum is appropriate for learners at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools, secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, and community centers.


There are no prerequisites for this offering.

Curriculum Description

Learners will be prepared to take the Cisco CCNA Unified certification exam after completing the offering. Learners in this offering path will develop workforce readiness skills and build a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs.

In this curriculum, Networking Academy™ participants will learn technology concepts with the support of interactive media and apply and practice this knowledge through a series of hands-on and simulated activities that reinforce their learning.

CCNA teaches comprehensive networking concepts and skills, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Learners will progress from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models later in the curriculum.

CCNA includes the following features:

  • Students learn the basics of routing, switching, and advanced technologies to prepare for the Cisco CCNA exam, networking related degree programs, and entry-level networking careers.
  • The language used to describe networking concepts is designed to be easily understood by learners at all levels and embedded interactive activities help reinforce comprehension.
  • Modules emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills.
  • This offering is designed in a more modular approach. Assessments and practice activities are focused on specific competencies to increase retention and provide flexibility in the learning path.
  • Multimedia learning tools, including videos, games, and quizzes, address a variety of learning styles and help stimulate learning and promote increased knowledge retention.
  • Hands-on labs and Cisco® Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.
  • Embedded assessments provide immediate feedback to support the evaluation of knowledge and acquired skills.

Cisco Packet Tracer activities are designed for use with the latest version of Packet Tracer, currently Packet Tracer 7.2.1.

Lab Equipment Requirements

Current designs for lab topologies leverage equipment used in previous CCNA 6.0 version and include options to utiltilize a 2 router + 2 switch + 1 wireless router physical equipment bundle described below. Labs with more complex topologies will rely on PT as a complementary environment to be used in addition to the physical labs. Detailed equipment information, including descriptions and part numbers for the equipment used in previous CCNA 6 version is available in the CCNA Equipment List, which is located on the Cisco NetAcad Equipment Information site.

Baseline Equipment Bundle:

• 2 x ISR4221/K9 Routers
• 2 x WS-C2960+24TC-L Catalyst switches
• 1 wireless router (generic brand) with WPA2 support
• Ethernet patch cables
• PCs – minimum system requirements

  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2.53 GHz or equivalent
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8.1, Microsoft Windows 10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, macOS High Sierra and Mojave
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 500 MB of free disk space
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Language fonts supporting Unicode encoding (if viewing in languages other than English)
  • Latest video card drivers and operating system updates

• Internet connection for lab and study PCs
• Optional equipment for connecting to a WLAN

  • 1 printer or integrated printer/scanner/copier for the class to share
  • Smartphones and tablets are desirable for use with the labs


• Appropriate IOS versions and features (to be determined)
• Packet Tracer latest version
• Open source server software:

  • TACACS+/Radius
  • Various services are protocols, Telnet, SSH, HTTP, DHCP, FTP, TFTP, etc.

• Oracle VirtualBox, most recent version.

CCNA v7.0 Curriculum Outline

This curriculum provides a comprehensive introduction to the networking field and in-depth exposure to
fundamental networking, LAN switching, wireless LANs, basic routing, Cybersecurity, WAN concepts, VPNs, QoS, virtualization, and network automation. Threaded throughout the course are security concepts and skills including threat mitigation through LAN security, ACLs, and IPsec. Through hands-on lab activities, students learn how to implement network technologies and troubleshoot common issues.

Listed below are the current set of modules and their associated competencies outlined for this curriculum. Each module is an intergrated unit of learning that consists of content, activities and assesments that target a specific set of competencies. The size of the module will depend on the depth of knowledge and skill needed to master the competency. Some modules are considered foundational, in that the artifacts presented, while not assessed, enable learning of concepts that covered on the CCNA certification exam.

The distribution and mapping of these modules into courses will be defined in future updates to this scope and sequence document.

Curriculum Outline – DRAFT JUNE 2019




Module Objective
Networking Today Explain the advances in modern network technologies.
Basic Switch and End Device Configuration Implement initial settings inlcuding passwords, IP addressing, and default gateway parameters on a network switch and end devices.
Protocol Models Explain how network protocols enable devices to access local and remote network resources.
Physical Layer Explain how physical layer protocols, services, and network media support communications across data networks.
Number Systems Calculate numbers between decimal, binary, and hexadecimal systems.
Data Link Layer Explain how media access control in the data link layer supports communication across networks.
Ethernet Switching Explain how Ethernet operates in a switched network.
Network Layer Explain how routers use network layer protocols and services to enable end-to-end connectivity.
Address Resolution Explain how ARP and ND enable communication on a local area network.
Basic Router Configuration Implement initial settings on a router and end devices.
IPv4 Addressing Calculate an IPv4 subnetting scheme to efficiently segment your network.
IPv6 Addressing Calculate an IPv6 subnetting scheme to efficiently segment your network.
ICMP Explain how ICMP manages messaging between devices.
Transport Layer Compare the operations of transport layer protocols in supporting end-to-end communcation.
Application Layer Explain the operation of application layer protocols in providing support to end-user applications.
Network Security Fundamentals Configure switches and routers with device hardening features to enhance security.
Build a Small Network Implement a network design for a small network to include a router, a switch, and end devices.
Basic Device Configuration Implement basic device configuration using security best practices.
Switching Concepts Explain how Layer 2 switches forward data.
VLANs Implement VLANs and trunking in a switched network.
Inter-VLAN Routing Troubleshoot inter-VLAN routing issues on Layer 3 devices.
STP Explain how STP enables redundancy in an Layer 2 network.
EtherChannel Implement EtherChannel to improve performance and redundancy on switched links.
DHCPv4 Configuration Implement DHCPv4 to operate across multiple LANs.
SLAAC and DHCPv6 Explain the operation of dynamic address allocation in IPv6 networks.
FHRP Concepts Explain how FHRPs provide default gateway services in a redundant network.
LAN Security Concepts Explain how vulnerabilities compromise LAN security.
Switch Security Configuration Configure switch security to mitigate LAN attacks.
WLAN Concepts Explain how WLANs enable network connectivity.
WLAN Configuration Implement a WLAN using a wireless router and WLC.
Network Security Concepts Explain how vulnerabilities, threats, and exploits can be mitigated to enhance network security.
ACLs for IPv4 Implement IPv4 ACLs to filter traffic and secure administrative access.
NAT for IPv4 Implement NAT services on the edge router to provide IPv4 address scalability.
Basic Device Configuration Implement basic device configuration using security best practices.
Routing Concepts Explain how routers use information in packets to make forwarding decisions.
IPv4 Static Routing Implement IPv4 static routing to enable connectivity.
IPv6 Static Routing Implement IPv6 static routing to enable connectivity.
Troubleshoot Static and Default Routes Troubleshoot static and default route configurations.
Single-Area OSPFv2 Concepts Explain how single-area OSPF operates in both point-to-point and broadcast multiaccess networks.
Single-Area OSPFv2 Configuration Implement single-area OSPFv2 in both point-to-point and broadcast multiaccess networks.
WAN Concepts Select WAN access technologies to satisfy business requirements.
VPN and IPsec Concepts Configure a VPN to secure site-to-site and remote access connectivity.
QoS Concepts Explain how networking devices implement QoS.
Network Management Implement network management protocols to monitor the network.
Network Design Explain the characteristics of scalable network architectures.
Network Troubleshooting Troubleshoot enterprise networks.
Network Virtualization Explain the purpose and characteristics of network virtualization.
Network Automation Compare features of network automation tools.
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