Cisco CCNA Wireless Certification
Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless (CCNA Wireless) validates associate-level knowledge and skills to configure, implement and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. With a CCNA Wireless certification, network professionals can support a basic wireless network on a Cisco WLAN in a SMB to enterprise network. The CCNA Wireless curriculum includes information and practice activities to prepare candidates for configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting basic tasks of a Cisco WLAN in SMB and Enterprise networks. Completing the CCNA Wireless certification allows for progression to CCNP Wireless certification.
The Certification Process
In order to obtain CCNA certification candidates are required to pass one exam only, this exam is arranged separately from any training courses offered, further information on this exam can be seen by clicking on the title. Note that a valid CCENT, CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE is required as a prerequisite for undertaking this certification.
- 640-722 IUWNE Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Networking Essentials
Note that this certification requires re-certification every three years, this can be done by performing any of the following:
- Pass the current IUWNE exam, or.Pass any current Associate-level exam except for ICND1 exam, or
- Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level exam, or
- Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco TelePresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), or
- Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
- Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
- Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications
Preparing for the Exam
The IUWNE exam lasts 90 minutes, containing somewhere between 75 to 85 questions, the exam is spread across topics including WLAN fundamentals and implementing basic WLAN security. Further details can be seen on the individual exam pages. We would recommend erring on the side of over preparation so as to ensure a mark high enough to provide a pass.
For more information on Cisco exam policies in general, take a look at this page.
GBdirect offer the Cisco approved courses aimed to provide the skills and knowledge required to earn this certification. The courses offered are:
While this course will help prepare you for the exam it may not provide you with everything you need to pass. To ensure this we would recommend hands on experience with the products concerned, along with additional reading from Cisco certification texts. It is advisable to look up the content of the exam, while performing practice labs and taking advantage of the practice exams available on the Cisco website should also prove beneficial. We welcome any reviews of your Cisco Certification experience, if you feel that you know of an improved learning method then please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Official Cisco Materials
Cisco provides a large amount of online materials, some of which is available through the certification pages themselves. An excellent starting point is to look at the exam content available on the exam page as well as a PDF that provides the exam guidelines.
The full CCNA Wireless syllabus can be seen here.
A list of learning materials, along with a selection of practice questions is also available here, through Cisco's learning network. The materials are grouped by the relevant section of the exam, whilst the exams are found under the Practice tab.
Cisco also hosts forums in the form of Study Groups, allowing for the discussion of any areas within CCNA Wireless certification. This is naturally very useful for finding information on specific areas, but also for finding overviews of certification as a whole. The CCNA R&S section may be of some interest to those with less experience with Cisco technologies in general.
Cisco also offers, for a fee, a four hour course covering the essentials of Wireless LAN, this may be of some interest to those with less experience with WLAN technologies and basic concepts.
A range of texts are available for those studying for this certification:
Unfortunately the official cert guide for this exam has yet to be released, while the out of date version is still available it receives poor reviews due to the reportedly high number of errors and as such may not be a very good preparation tool.
CCNA Wireless Study Guide: IUWNE Exam 640-721 Whilst this guide is also aimed at the older version of the exam it can still be used for some areas and will provide a good overview of what to expect in the current exam. This book receives generally high ratings for its straightforward style and solid exam focused content. Some reviewers also credit with this being a relatively god text for beginners and as such could be a useful learning tool.
CCNA Wireless (640-722 IUWNE) Quick Reference This book is very much aimed at providing last minute revision materials, containing the bare essentials of exam content and acting as a barebones reference guide. This could well prove useful for directing your studies just before the exam, or for those looking to update their certification who already have a good knowledge of Cisco Wireless technologies.
We welcome reviews and views of any text you have personal experience with, likewise if you feel we have missed off a more valuable study aid please do get in touch.
The Techexams.net forum is one of the most active covering Cisco and other certifications, there is a great deal of detailed information related to either specific technical details or the certification as a whole.
CBT Nuggets offer a nine hour set of videos covering this certification, these come well recommended and combined with instructor led training and background reading can prove an excellent learning tool.
Icape's Blog contains some useful posts on the CCNA Wireless certification, giving both a list of lab equipment and some other learning suggestions. Although this is centered around the older version of the certification much of the advice is still valid.
What if I fail?
Don't panic. You will be able to see and your test result and the areas you felt weakest in, focus on content areas where your performance was weakest and areas with a high percentage of questions. Once you feel ready you can reschedule your exam. Cisco's exam retake policy is listed below:
The policies for retaking exams are as follows:
- Candidates who fail an exam must wait a period of five (5) calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before they may retest for the same exam.
- Once passed, a candidate must wait a minimum of 180 days before taking the same exam with an identical exam number.
- Candidates who violate these policies are in violation of the agreement. Such conduct is strictly prohibited as described in the Cisco Certification and Confidentiality Agreement.
Excellent, you've passed
Upon passing you will receive a score report complete with your photo; this can be used to share with employers or other third parties. This will also grant you access to the Cisco Certifications Tracking System, allowing you to see certification progress, access logos for valid certifications, allow third parties/employers to see your certifications and to sign any necessary agreements.
Obtaining CCNA Wireless allows for progression to CCNP Wireless and eventually onto CCIE level certification. You will need to obtain full CCNA R&S certification if you have not already done so to continue on this path. For a more detailed view of Cisco's certification see their certification map.
CCNA, Salary and Contract Rates
A recent survey of IT jobs offered across the UK reported the following statistics on the average earning of salaried and contract workers holding CCNA certification. The UK average salary for a CCNA is £38,500, with the average salary for London being £42,500. A breakdown of this shows 90% are offered a salary of more than £27,000 while 10% are offered more than £57,500.
Contractor daily rates were also surveyed and the UK average was found to be £310 per day and £350 per day for the city of London. The further breakdown of these figures shows that 90% are offered a daily rate in excess of £189 while 10% are offered more than £450. Further details can be found on the IT Jobs Watch site.