Cisco CCDA (Design)

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This course is designed to give you a foundation knowledge of network design using Cisco's SONA (Service Oriented Network Architecture) methodology. You'll gain information that will assist you in designing routed and switched network infrastructures and services involving LANs and WANs. The course will prepare you for the Cisco CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) exam, which you'll sit on the course.

During the course, you'll learn how to design routed and switched network infrastructures and services involving LAN, WAN, and broadband access for businesses and organisations, including service virtualisation. The Enterprise Composite Model used in the course will make it easier to design, plan, implement, operate and optimise (PDIOO) through modular network design and focus on the relations between modules. You'll also learn about Software-Defined Networking.

Once you have completed the course, you'll be able to enable efficient network environments with an understanding of network design fundamentals. The certification will demonstrate that you have the skills required to design and apply basic and resilient campus, data centre, security, voice, and wireless networks. You'll also be able to:


  • Describe and apply network design concepts of modularity and hierarchy
  • Create scalable IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
  • Design connectivity to the Internet and internal routing for your network
  • Identify suitable addressing schemes and routing protocols for use in enterprise networks
  • Design routed and switched network infrastructures and services involving LAN, WAN, and broadband access for businesses and organisations.

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Seven reasons why you should sit your CCDA course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be CCDA certified in just 3 days. With us, you’ll be CCDA trained in record time
  2. Our CCDA course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass CCDA first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more CCDA. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn CCDA faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying CCDA with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 72,589 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study CCDA courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

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You may be entitled to free training via Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs). If you’ve bought Cisco hardware or software - check the invoice to see if you have credits waiting to be used! If you’re unsure, get in touch with us.

Reasons for Cisco certification include career advancement, personal improvement, skills enhancement, higher earnings, and increased on-the-job productivity.

Why Cisco Certifications?

  • Cisco Certified Professionals are among the highest paid in the world.
  • Cisco Certification gives you respect in IT Industry by allowing you to provide great value and service to any organisation you work for.
  • Cisco Certification validates an individual's achievement, thereby increasing the holder's professional credibility by ensuring high standards of technical expertise.
  • Industry trend shows that with each certification there is an increase in salary of the certificate holders. Additionally, multiple certifications directly correlate to further increases.

Cisco certifications also afford you special membership benefits:

  • A certificate of accomplishment.
  • A wallet card, logo and designation for your personal promotion to clients or potential employers.
  • Access to the secure Cisco on-line tracking system so you can download logos, and track your Cisco certification progress throughout your career.

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a certification guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation and exams on your return). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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The following are the topics covered on the CCDA course

Module 1: Design Methodologies

  • Design Life Cycle
  • Characterising Existing Network
  • Top-Down Approach

Module 2: Network Design Objectives

  • Building a Modular Network
  • Applying Modularity: Hierarchy in a Network
  • Applying Modularity: Virtualisation Overview

Module 3: Campus Network Design

  • Layer 2/Layer 3 Demarcation
  • Layer 2 Design Considerations
  • High Availability Considerations
  • Layer 3 Design Considerations
  • Traffic and Interconnections

Module 4: Enterprise Network Design

  • Designing a Secure Network
  • Edge Connectivity Design
  • WAN Design
  • Branch Design
  • Connecting to the Data Center

Module 5: Design of Internal Routing and Connecting to the Internet

  • Routing Protocol Considerations
  • Expanding EIGRP Design
  • Expanding OSPF Design
  • Introducing IS-IS
  • Expanding IS-IS Design
  • Using BGP to Connect to the Internet

Module 6: Expanding the Existing Network

  • Understanding Quality of Service
  • Supporting Wireless Access
  • Integrating Collaboration

Module 7: IP Addressing

  • Concepts of Good IP Addressing
  • Creating an Addressing Plan for IPv4
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • Supporting IP Addressing

Module 8: Introduction to Software Defined Networks


  • Challenge 1: Ask the Right Questions
  • Challenge 2: Design Branch's LAN
  • Challenge 3: Design Branch's Connections to the HQ
  • Challenge 4: Design Branch's Routing
  • Challenge 5: Design Support for Wireless and Collaboration
  • Challenge 6: Design IPv4 Addressing Plan
  • Challenge 7: Design IPv6 Addressing Plan

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During this accelerated three-day course, you'll sit the following exam:

  • 200-310 DESGN exam - Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions

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  • Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0 student kit

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Certification Programs includes

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • Near site testing, Transportation to/from Testing Center are provided ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Examination Passing Policy

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMP, CAPM and CISSP CBK Review
  • *** Not included in our PMP, CAPM, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, (ISC)2 or ITIL Managers and Revision Certifications
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

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Prior to attempting the DESGN exam, candidates must possess a valid CCENT, or CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification.

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Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on +27 87 550 2195 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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"I''ve studied at Firebrand Training several times now and I''ve never failed an exam."
D.M., Systems IT. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (4/4/2018 to 6/4/2018)

"Great instructors with great practical knowledge."
Anonymous - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (17/7/2017 to 19/7/2017)

"Excellent lecturer, very good facilities and a good setup to allow you to concentrate on achieving your qualification."
L.C., Hermes Datacomms. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (12/8/2015 to 14/8/2015)

"The Firebrand instructor was extremely knowledgeable and was able to talk confidently about areas outside the course and give real world design scenarios and use cases."
J.B, Seagate technology. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (11/12/2014 to 13/12/2014)

"Be well prepared for attending such an intensive bootcamp for refreshing your knowledge and making it accessible. The chances to pass the exam are much higher that just doing a normal course. I did it a couple of times now and it always worked out!"
R.S. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (23/6/2014 to 25/6/2014)

"Excellent - very well organised - the instructor demonstrated excellent knowledge - 90% pass rate says it all!"
Ketan Pyne. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (10/2/2014 to 12/2/2014)

"Get the coffee in, buckle up and stay focused. Instructor has an unbelievable amount of knowledge, important not to miss a thing."
Anonymous - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (10/2/2014 to 12/2/2014)

"Good course, got what i wanted from my CCDA and passed. "
Rosen Radnev. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (10/2/2014 to 12/2/2014)

"Quick way to learn, intensive but worth the effort"
David Rolin. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (10/2/2014 to 12/2/2014)

"Great course"
S.S.. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (28/11/2010 to 30/11/2010)

"Although there was a lot to cover in the 3 days of my CCDA course I never felt overwhelmed by the pace or level of detail delivered in supporting my successful attempt at achieving the CCDA certification."
Colin Hillman, SELEX Communications Ltd. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (15/8/2010 to 17/8/2010)

"Great instructor... really helped focus the learning."
JT. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (9/11/2008 to 11/11/2008)

"This is my favourite place to study and revise. The staff are always friendly and helpful, the instructors are knowledgable, and the food is simply outstanding!"
SB, Myself!. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (20/7/2008 to 22/7/2008)

"Though I did not do as well on the test as I would have liked, I do not attribute this to Firebrand, staff and facilities are top notch."
Allen Smith. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (1/10/2007 to 7/10/2007)

"I had a great week although i did not pass my second exam I''m sure i will next time. All the staff were friendly and very helpful. The course is intense but fare so be prepared for some long days and hard work. "
Martin Williams. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (1/10/2007 to 7/10/2007)

"Another great course and 2 more exams passed in a week.. "
Vernon Grandison, Unique Solutions (UK) Ltd. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (1/10/2007 to 7/10/2007)

"Our instructor was first class. Always hanged around in case any of us needed his help from early morning to late at night."
Gavin Brooks. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (17/9/2007 to 23/9/2007)

"This Firebrand* has the best tution that i ever though of. The instructors are on top of their fields and seem to know all about the course they handdled. I will not hesitate in introducing anyone."
Lewis Maxwell Selby, ghana highway authority. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (9/7/2007 to 15/7/2007)

"This is my second time at Firebrand* and once again I would recommend them to anyone looking to study for a IT industry qulification. Everything is geared towards learning and success."
Paul Fuller, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (9/7/2007 to 15/7/2007)

"Good all round experience..."
Gavin Poulsom. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (20/8/2007 to 26/8/2007)

"I enjoyed the course hugely and would recommend it to anyone. I had studied in my own time and although had a good grasp of the concepts I could not put it all together. The teaching methods and the willingness of the staff at Firebrand* to impart their knowledge was invaluable and everything came together."
Neal Cox. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/7/2007 to 5/8/2007)

"It is difficult to say what the best part is. The food is so good the chefs should be running courses in catering. All the staff are so helpful that they could run courses in customer care! It cannot be said thet it isnt hard work, but Firebrand* do everything possible to take away any problems that would prevent you from focussing entirely on your study. I look forward to coming back."
Paul Simpson. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/7/2007 to 5/8/2007)

"Fun, intense dame hard waor k but at the end of it you come away think youve done something you can be proud of"
Thomas ORourke, N/A. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/7/2007 to 5/8/2007)

"The time at Firebrand* was very useful. Dont believe that you dont work till 10pm every night, because you do. However it works !"
Matt Chinnery. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/7/2007 to 5/8/2007)

"Firebrand* the only way to get certified, and what an amazing place, the courses are hard because of the time frame but hardwork and determination, you can do it. Thnaks Firebrand*"
Robert Howard, myself. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/7/2007 to 5/8/2007)

"The week was hard work and a lot of infomation to take in. Even though I did not take the exam as I did not feel ready I have rebooked to come back and complete the course and would use Firebrand* in the future."
Phil Emery, Impetus Technologies Ltd. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (28/5/2007 to 3/6/2007)

"The course was a well balanced mix of technical and theoretical labs and study sessions, designed to cram for my CCNA."
Ifan Richards, Self Employed. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (28/5/2007 to 3/6/2007)

"Good remote location, which promotes learning. Friendly staff, good food (24/7). I would do another course there without a doubt."
Ian Dussold, Unemployed. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/4/2007 to 6/5/2007)

"Enjoyed my time at Firebrand*. The work was intense, but all in all, I was made to feel welcome by the staff and found them always willing to help and advise when asked. The catering staff - were diamonds! Thank you once again! I will always recommend Firebrand* to my colleagues."
Glenn Foulds, Nokia Siemens Networks . - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (7/5/2007 to 13/5/2007)

"The accommodation was superb and extremely comfortable for a course that was supposed to be intense. Great course."
John O''Hare. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (7/5/2007 to 13/5/2007)

"Excellent course ran to a very high standard. A very intensive schedule, but definitely the best way to learn. Coupled with the superb food, I look forward to attending more Firebrand* courses in the future. "
Dean Scrimshire. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/4/2007 to 6/5/2007)

"I would have no hesitation in recommending Firebrand* to anyone, for business or private individuals it provides quality training, quality service, quality food and all in a quality location. It is far from easy but certainly worthwhile. If I were to give potential students one piece of advice it would be, be prepared both mentally and physically."
Cian Mc''Caul. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/4/2007 to 6/5/2007)

"With a lot of hard work and some long days, it is possible to get a CCNA in 5 days. I had never used a Cisco router or swiFirebrand*h before this course and I sailed through with scores of 1000 and 951."
Geoff Bowditch. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/4/2007 to 6/5/2007)

"The course was very concise to what was expected by Cisco. Facitilies and location were great and conducive for dedicated study. All staff were very helpful. Would definately recommend and come back."
Keith Annette, Liberty IT. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (30/4/2007 to 6/5/2007)

"The food was that good I''m sure the chefs should show carlsberg how to brew beer!!!"
GG. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (16/4/2007 to 22/4/2007)

"Firebrand* provided all the training facilities that I required to complete my course and pass my exams. Because of the setup I could concentrate on studying without having to wory about getting back to a hotel every evening or getting something to eat. Everything is available and included on site."
AH. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (16/4/2007 to 22/4/2007)

"Excellent training and got me heading in the right direction for what I want to achieve."
Andy Rose, Scientia Global Inc.. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (5/3/2007 to 11/3/2007)

"These courses are not a walk in the park they require dedication and a desire to pass. Prepare for no sleep and lots of work. In the end it is worth it and enjoyable even if you have to have gone home for weeks or months before you realise that!"
Paul Tracy. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (5/3/2007 to 11/3/2007)

"Firebrand* is the perfect environment for learning an incredible amount in a short time. Everything possible is done to assist you in focusing on the task in hand, in a flexible way"
Tim Burchmore, Saville Consulting. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (5/3/2007 to 11/3/2007)

"Great setting to learn with good help and resources. The need to pre-read in very important has they is limited time to gain a lot of knowledge"
Matthew Deleon, Inventive Solutions. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (12/2/2007 to 18/2/2007)

"I highly enjoyed my course and learned much from my time with Firebrand*, only those with 110% to commit should consider the boot camp course as its an assult on your ability to learn vast amounts of information in a short time."
Shaun Parrish, InterRoute. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (12/2/2007 to 18/2/2007)

"I have found Firebrand* experience excellent and suits my learning style. The environment enables me to isolate myself from pressures at work and home so I can concentrate on learning. The return policy when I failed my CCNA first time round is excellent and Firebrand* were very flexible. Excellent and I have recommended them to my friends and colleagues."
Ian Lockwood. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (12/2/2007 to 18/2/2007)

"With the right pre-course training and attitude of mind to jolly hard work this is by far the best way to study for a CCNA. Having been on other courses that have been, frankly a waste of time and money, this course has left me buzzing. The course materials, the trainers, and the support staff (including those that fed us!) made the whole experience very memorable."
Steve Gay, STL Ltd. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (22/1/2007 to 28/1/2007)

"A nice environment to study in, but no time to enjoy it!!!"
Brett Thornton, no-one. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (11/12/2006 to 17/12/2006)

"At the end I covered everything required for the course which made it all worth the effort. I touched everything needed for the course and have a lot of material to read for any subject I may need help on."
OO. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (11/12/2006 to 17/12/2006)

"Early mornings, late nights, hard work - all was justified by the end result!"
GT. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (11/12/2006 to 17/12/2006)

"Great facility for concentration on the study. Good instructors, good material and class rooms."
Patrick van Niftrik. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (11/12/2006 to 17/12/2006)

"I will not say anything about the training, the exceptional experience and the things you learn here, because others already did before me. I will just mention that the food is fantastic. Let you tell this from an Italian. Salmon on a pizza... I would have never tried this by myself, I am completely surprised, its fantastic!"
Marco Ermini, Vodafone. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (11/12/2006 to 17/12/2006)

"Course location & amenities were above what I expected. Unfortunately, course was far harder than I believed, but still thoroughly enjoyed time here."
Michael Hollett. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (4/12/2006 to 10/12/2006)

"Firebrand* was without a doubt the most phenominal academic place I have been this year. The amount of work that all of the staff put in to make you at home is immense. From the instructors to the chefs, the whole team is geared to ensure that you get the most out of the experience. A word of warning to future students, expect to hit the ground running from the moment you get to the door. The first night I, and other members of my course, were given enough work to keep us awake until the early morning. It is an intensive course, but if you put the work in you will get the results you desire!"
Russell Cashman, Reliance High-Tech. - Cisco CCDA (Design) (3 days) (20/11/2006 to 26/11/2006)

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