The CCDA is the associate level certification in the Design track from Cisco.
Please note this exam has been retired from Cisco. This course is still available as the information contained is still very useful, but the certification exam it is intended for is no longer available from Cisco.
The CCDA is intended to be an addition to the CCNA; now that you’ve learned networking fundamentals and Cisco specific configuration, you’re ready to tackle the design of small and medium networks using best practices.
This course is intended to provide the additional information necessary to pass the 200-310 DESGN exam from Cisco to earn your CCDA certification. You may have heard that Cisco is refactoring their certification program, and with it the 200-310 exam will be retired.
The CCDA certification was retired February 24th, 2020.
The CCDA adds design theory and best practice information on top of the CCNA level of knowledge to allow you to not only maintain devices in a network but design new networks. Study time for the CCDA is expected to be ~2-4 weeks.
So you have plenty of time! Get your CCDA and add that certification under your belt because employers are looking for it!
Thank you so much for your interest and happy learning!