Successful completion of the Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA) Certification Exam indicates you have the knowledge required to capture network traffic, analyze the results and identify various anomalies related to performance or security issues. To earn the WCNA certification status, you must pass a single Exam—the WCNA-200.x Exam.​​​

The WCNA Certification Exam was DoD 8570 certified by the U.S. Army in 2009.

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The WCNA Certification Exam focuses on analyzing packets and protocols, for the purpose of network troubleshooting, optimization and security.

The four primary areas covered in this exam are:

  • Wireshark Functionality
  • TCP/IP Network Communications
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Network Security

Please click here to download the WCNA Certification Information Package.

  • General knowledge of TCP/IP
  • Working knowledge of Windows and/or UNIX, network technology and the Internet.

Wireshark® is a network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It has a rich and powerful feature set and is the world’s most popular tool of its kind. It runs on most computing platforms including Windows, macOS, Linux, and UNIX. Network professionals, security experts, developers, and educators around the world use it regularly. It is freely available as open-source and is released under the GNU General Public License version 2.

Wireshark can read live data from Ethernet, Token-Ring, FDDI, serial (PPP and SLIP) (if the OS on which it’s running allows Wireshark to do so), 802.11 wireless LAN (if the OS on which it’s running allows Wireshark to do so), ATM connections (if the OS on which it’s running allows Wireshark to do so), and the "any" device supported on Linux by recent versions of libpcap.