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CISCO CCNA 3: Scaling Networks

The CCNA 3 - Scaling Networks course prepares you for the following:

  • Configuring, verifying and troubleshooting VLANs spanning multiple switches: VTP, DTP and EtherChannel
  • Configuring, verifying and troubleshooting STP protocols: Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus Protocol (PVST+) and Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus Protocol (RPVST+)
  • Understanding, configuring and troubleshooting first hop redundancy protocols (HSRP)
  • Understanding and describing dynamic routing protocols, distance vector routing protocols, and link-state routing protocols
  • Configuring, verifying and troubleshooting routers in a complex routed IPv4 or IPv6 network using single-area OSPF, multi-area OSPF, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
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Audience & Entry Requirements

This course is intended for anyone who desires a practical and technical introduction to the field of networking. You will configure, verify and troubleshoot VLAN switches, STP protocols and routers (IPv4/IPv6) and develop a detailed understanding of first hop redundancy protocols (HRSP) and dynamic routing protocols.

Job roles include headend technicians, network operations centre (NOC) staff, network engineers, network administrators, and network help-desk staff.

Entry Requirements

  • CCNA1: Introduction to Networks
  • CCNA2: Routing and Switching Essentials

or equivalent knowledge.

Course content

CCNA 3 comprises 10 modules delivered over 10 weeks, evening training sessions.


  • Module 1: Fundamentals Review, switches, routers, MAC address, Vlans, STP, Trunking, Port Channels, Multi-layer switching
  • Module 2: Network Design, Access, Distribution, Core layers, comparing Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches
  • Module 3: Vlans, VTP, Layer 2 Etherchannel, LACP, PAgP
  • Module 4: Spanning Tree in Depth, STP, RST, MST, Portfast, Root Guard, UDLD
  • Module 5: Inter-Vlan Routing, SVIs, Layer 3 Etherchannel, DHCP
  • Module 6: First-Hop Redundancy, HSRP, VRRP, GLBP
  • Module 7: AAA, RADIUS, TACACS+, 802.1X, NTP, SNMP
  • Module 8: Switch technologies, SDM templates, UDLD, PoE, SPAN, RSPAN, IP SLA
  • Module 9: High Availability, Stackwise, VSS
  • Module 10: Campus Network Security, vulnerabilities, Port Security, Storm control, DHCP Snooping, IP source guard, Dynamic Arp Inspection, VLAN hopping, VLAN ACLs, Private Vlans

CISCO Testing & Additional Costs

Exams need to be booked and paid for separately via a Pearson VUE testing centre.

We will always try to make sure that we publish accurate course information but we do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions. We will also try to make sure that we deliver our courses in line with our published information. However, we may not always be able to do so and you can find further information about this in our enrolment terms and conditions.