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CCENT - anyone?

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by Notebook, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. Notebook

    Notebook Bit Poster

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    Hi Everyone
    Looking to break into the IT industry as messing with computers has been a hobby of mine since windows 3.
    Have built them etc and am educated to hnc level in electrical engineering. Being made redundant in 3 weeks and so now is the hour!!

    So a few Q's

    1 Can you do the ccent direct with cisco?
    2 Is it the same as the first ccna - part 1?
    3 Is this achievable on your own, or if I had funding 2K from welsh assembly react funding, would a training solution be better? If so, immediately or after a bit of reading?
    4 Any goods books out there or training nuggets etc?
    5 Anyone recommend a training company?
    6 Would this be acceptable to find a job? - not worried about the pay

    Sorry in advance as I may have posted this in the wrong place, but couldnt find out where.

    Thanks
     
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Yes, you can self-study the CCENT by yourself and sit the exam at any Vue testing centre.

    Yes, see here

    Some will say self-study, some will say via a class, some will say both. It depends on your learning style. It's the qualification at the end.

    Yes there are, just do a search in the Cisco part of this forum :)

    UKDarkstar can, as he's done a course recently.

    To be honest, I would generally say no. Unless you can find an entry level network technician's job (these are far and few between), a company is not going to let you loose on their network infrastucture. Added to that not everyone uses Cisco kit. Hence why we say do the A+, Network+ and the MCDST first of all.

    -ken
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    I absolutely agree with Ken's assessment. The CCENT isn't going to enable you to get into router administration without first getting some real-world experience first. Pursue the A+, Network+, and MCDST and get some experience before going any farther with certification.
     
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  4. Notebook

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    Thanks guys
    looked at the A+ a while ago, and it drove me mad due to the old technology - dont really want to go around repairing pcs - perhaps mcdst might be better.
    Thanks
     
  5. wagnerk
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    Well the 2009 version of the A+ is coming out this year, as it's been updated. However, just to let you know that not alot of companies have an aggresive upgrade program. Alot of companies will have the older machines still in use. I know not all our PC's/laptops are dual core, we're still running some older celerons that use DDR (instead of DDR2/DDR3) and we have a pretty good rolling upgrade program, in fact we have a few PC's that are over 6/7 years old still running.

    -ken
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    Well... you have to start somewhere. Companies aren't going to let you loose on their production network without IT experience. Nobody says you have to repair PCs forever.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  7. ciscowannabe

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    Check out CBT nuggets and Trainsignal both very good. THey offer entry level to adv level
     

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