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Scope and Sequence: CCNA Discovery
Last updated June 19, 2009
The Cisco® CCNA® Discovery curriculum is primarily designed for Cisco Networking Academy® students who are
seeking entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) skills. CCNA Discovery provides general
networking theory, practical experience, and opportunities for career exploration and soft-skills development.
The curriculum is appropriate for students at many education levels and types of institutions, including high schools,
secondary schools, universities, colleges, career and technical schools, community organizations, and other non-
traditional learning environments.
CCNA Discovery is designed for students with basic PC skills and foundational math and problem solving skills.
Students are not expected to have knowledge of binary math and algorithms. The curriculum provides detailed
explanations and tools such as a binary calculator.
CCNA Discovery is composed of four courses:
● Networking for Home and Small Businesses
● Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP
● Introducing Routing and Switching in the Enterprise
● Designing and Supporting Computer Networks
The curriculum has no prerequisites. The courses are delivered sequentially, and each course is a prerequisite for
the next course.
The CCNA Discovery curriculum prepares students for two different Cisco certification exams.
After completing the first two courses of CCNA Discovery; Networking for Home and Small Businesses and
Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, a student has the option to take the CCENT™ certification exam
for entry network technicians. CCENT certifies the practical skills required for entry-level ICT positions. In addition,
this certification demonstrates a student’s aptitude and competence to work in an environment that features Cisco