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CCNA vs CCDA

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by laup, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. laup

    laup Byte Poster

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    Was just wondering are these to certs based at same level?
    cause i saw on cisco website basicly u have to do another 10 modules or so specific in design after u do ccna to aquire ccda,

    now i just spoke to my cisco intructor and he said they looked at by employers as same level cert surely this cant be right?
    anyone wanna enlighten me on the situation?
     
    Certifications: IC3,A+, N+, 70-270, CCNA
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  2. BosonMichael
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    Yes, they're both at the Associate level. One deals with networking, one deals with design.
     
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  3. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Hi there,

    From what I know about Cisco, they are regarded as the same level Cert because they are both at the 'associate' level (CCNA or CCDA). They are also regarded as 'entry level' with regards to Cisco technology knowledge - I don't think they should be confused with how the A+/N+ are also 'entry level', but neutral.

    It depends on how much you want to study and know, as to what you do. I think generally the CCNA is seen as a hands-on Cert, for a tech that is likely to get a job in the future where they get their hands dirty. The CCDA is for a more office-orientated career approach. Theoretically :)

    Because of my personal opinion towards study and the IT industry as a whole, I will be doing the CCNA/P, and then the quick 'conversion' to the design Certs. To have as much knowledge as I can cope with.

    Whichever you decided, good luck with your choice!
     
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  4. zebulebu

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    For what its worth, coming from someone whose CCNA expired two years ago :oops:, although the CCNA & CCDA are pitched at the same level by Cisco, I would think it would be very difficult for someone who has no hands-on experience with Cisco to go for a CCDA and be successful. It seems to me that the CCDA would be a natural progression for someone who has a CCNA & has a couple of years' experience and wishes to move into designing Cisco networks as well as supporting them.

    I may be wide of the mark with that statement - I'm sure someone who is more of a hard networking bod than me will put me straight if I am - but it's never made sense to me that a 'design' cert is aimed at the same level as the entry level implementation cert.

    It's sort of like the MCSE - no-one in their right mind would take their elective design exam before passing either AD or Network Inf!
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    Actually its far easier for someone with no practical experiance to go for a CCDA, a CCDA is primarily (if not purely) theory
    the NA is the hands on support side of it, a seperate skill set alltogether with more hand on requirement
    a DA will likely rake in more dough as pre sales and architecture pays more tha support, but i advise you do both as it makes far more sense to be versed in both aspects wichever path you choose and there is a fair bit of theory overlap
     
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  6. laup

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    Yeah well im currently going through CCNA at end of Semester 2.
    I am hopefully gonna go towards the design side and hopefully get a job with BT :>
    Seems i better get the CCNA out of the way then and take a more specific role going toward CCDA then CCDP i guess.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Yeah, the DA was pretty easy... at least, it was back when I took it. A lot of theory... unlike the NA, you don't have to practice on Cisco devices to be able to pass (again, that was the way it was back then; it might have changed by now).
     
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  8. NetEyeBall

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    I thought I was going to try to study and take my 1st CCNP (Switching) test this month, but after cracking the book...I am back tracking for a moment.

    I am going to study for the CCDA this month since I feel that it will be pretty easy to study up on it after studying and passing my CCNA. Plus it should help me firm up my foundation before I start my CCNP track.
     
    Certifications: CCNA, A+, N+, MCSE 4.0, CCA
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