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CCNA £360 for a 5 day intensive course. Is it fishy?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Bluester76, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Bluester76

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    I've just booked a place on a CCNA course. The course lasts 5 days 10.00 till 5.00 and at the end of it I get the certification. Does this sound right?
     
  2. G1BB0

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    erm if you know Networking well then I guess its possible but I am doing CCNA now and no way would I be comfortable sitting the exam at the end of 5 days study. Have you seen the objectives for CCNA... theres shedloads lol

    keep us posted if its any good tho
     
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  3. Bluester76

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    I know networking fairly well. Thats why i wondered if i should risk it.
     
  4. zimbo
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    35 hours and then sit and do CCNA? IMO VERY FISHY! Where is this going to happen? :blink
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    How well is fairly well?
     
  6. Bluester76

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    I've been doing network support for about 2 years altogether but have had trouble getting a job recently so decided since most jobs now ask for CCNA/MCSE it wouldn't hurt to get one.

    Its going to happen in London.
     
  7. BosonMichael
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    Have you ever worked on a Cisco device before?
     
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  8. nXPLOSi

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    It does sound very very fishy to me as well.

    Also, you said that "at the end of it I get the certification". Just to clarify, you do realise that by simply partaking in the course, you do not obtain the cert?
     
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    no i haven't.


    Yes i realise this. Money has not left wallet yet. What sort of time frame are we talking in order to get a CCNA?
     
  10. zimbo
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    Sorry no idea with the timeframe havent done the CCNA.. but be on the lookout for them feeding you braindumps cause i really cant see them teaching you the CCNA in 5 days... more like 5 days of studying braindumps! :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Bluester76

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    Is that such a bad thing? Could potential employer actually catch you out especially if your knowledge of networks is good and the experience on your cv would suggest you can back it up with solid experience?

    Thanks for your help by the way.
     
  12. hbroomhall

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    Depends on your current familiarity with IOS and Cisco kit in general.

    Harry.
     
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  13. zimbo
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    sorry are you aware what braindumps are?
     
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  14. Bluester76

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    No, no i don't.:oops:
     
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    any links for this place?
     
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  16. zimbo
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    Braindumps are questions and answers from the actual exam or test - sometimes carbon copy! Its cheating and very unprofessional. Our forum is very against braindumps and people who use them - so im sure now you understand concerns about 5 days of training for a course that could take months to complete.
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    If you have no real-world experience with Cisco, then you cannot back up your certification with solid experience. Just because you know networking doesn't mean you can configure Cisco devices.

    Yes, an employer can absolutely catch you as being "paper certified", meaning, you can pass an exam, but you can't actually DO the job a CCNA should be able to do. Experienced interviewers who are fluent with the technology will pick you apart. Certifications without true understanding and knowledge are useless.

    I'd stay away from a 5-day course. As stated previously, many of those "training" companies (and I use that term loosely) will feed you questions from the live exam (braindumps) to help you pass the exam. Using braindumps is highly unethical - using them is no different than stealing a professor's final exam from his or her desk. Unfortunately, those questionable "training" companies don't care about that... they just want your money, and they'll certainly help you pass the exam by hook or by crook.

    If passing the exam is all that's important to you, then hey, go for it. But if you *truly* want to be a good tech, avoid trying to find a "shortcut" to artificially boost your career. Learn it the right way. You'll thank us later.
     
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  18. Bluester76

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  19. Bluester76

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    You've got a point there. Trouble is most training companies try to sell you a package and to be honest that doesn't interest me at all. Back to the drawing board then.
     
  20. zimbo
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    LOL first of all uni is more rewarding!! And neither can i believe it buddy! :tongue


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