Cisco CCNA - just what is the BIG deal?
What is the point in Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)? Why does this certification matter? Just what is the big deal? What is driving the interest? Why is there so much demand? It is the world's most popular entry level networking certification. Registration is on at present for Limited Time Offer Class.
The certification provides a solid foundation and inside information for the knowledge of networking and internetworking involving medium sized route and switch networks, including connecting to remote sites in a WAN.
stands out because of the Cisco name and backing, its importance
is underlined by the fact that
this popular exam tests candidates and
validates important fundamental knowledge and skills required to select,
connect, configure, and troubleshoot various networking devices
for use in these networks.
Specifically exam objectives expect candidates to be able to: Describe
how a network works; Configure, verify and troubleshoot a switch with
VLANs and interswitch; Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP Services
to meet network requirements in a medium-size Enterprise branch office
network.; Use Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP);
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing
on Cisco devices; Explain and select the appropriate administrative
tasks required for a WLAN; Identify network security threats and
describe general methods to mitigate those threats; Implement, verify,
and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-size Enterprise branch office
network; Implement and verify WAN links;
Interested in network management? Then CCNA could be at the beginning of
your career. It can be challenging but it equips you with networking
skills that matter because you develop the capability to manage and
optimize network systems. In view of the support it receives fas well as Cisco’s amazing dominance of the internetworking world,
it is recognized globally as one of the top foundation credentials in
the field of networking. It is a top gun certification that matters.
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Toughness means candidates must have the ability to learn - which is required in this industry - and keep learning. And because of the serious learning requirement, new IT professionals with this credential tend to have a better understanding of the technology. Investing in such a key certification is a sign of initiative. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE. If you work with computers, you'll have to work with a network. Understanding the basics of a network is invaluable for a solid grounding in the fundamentals.
Though no preliminary knowledge or experience is expected for the certification, a background in networking certainly helps. There are no prerequisites for this test. Indeed Don Fields. Cisco Director of certification states, “No preliminary knowledge or experience is expected for the certification; however, candidates should be prepared with hands-on networking skills and networking know-how according to the exam requirements”.
After attaining the
certification, the exam is valid for three years before it
must be recertified. And the sponsor itself can decide to update the
certification to stay current with industry and market needs. For those
with future, long term ambitions in this area and internetworking,
the CCNA is
useful as a starting point for higher level certifications; it is in
fact a requirement for CCNP and
some other high level certifications.
So are you interested in this BIG deal? Can you answer 45 to 55 questions on the fundamentals of internetworking in 90 minutes (640-802 exam option)? Interestingly several students in our training school have actually set global standards by making the perfect score of 1,000. Quality preparation is the key.
Be prepared – excellent preparation is what the certification demands of you. Effective exam groundwork must include knowledge, skills and speed.
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