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Cisco Academy

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by Jaytee2305, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Jaytee2305

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    Is anyone doing CISCO academy in the UK. If so how long does a CCNA take?
     
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  2. r.h.lee

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    Jaytee2305,

    Speaking as a graduate of CCNA Semester 4 in the Cisco Networking Academy over here in the US, it took me an entire year to complete all four semesters of the CCNA curriculum.
     
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  3. MrNerdy

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    In the UK most Further Education Colleges will do a Semester each term.
    ie: Semester 1 Sep to Dec, Semester 2 Jan to Apr, Semester 3 Apr to Jul & Semester 4 Sep to Dec.
    But some colleges do Semester 4 from Jul to Dec.

    Private training companies offer it over anything from 6 weeks to 1 year!
     
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  4. r.h.lee

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    MrNerdy,

    The Cisco Networking Academy is usually associated with traditional academic institutions and not private training companies.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    You don't have to do the Cisco Academy to take the CCNA. :)
     
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  6. DevilsAdvocate

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    I'm doing the CCNA Academy at Dudley College. I started January and it will end in December I believe. We have just finished CCNA 1 last week and are moving onto CCNA 2 Tuesday. I believe the aim is to be finished with CCNA 2 in time to take the CCENT exam (if you wish) over the summer holidays. Then back in September to do CCNA 3 and CCNA 4.

    Rob.
     
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  7. Allybaba

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    I took the OU route. It's pretty intense with three TMA's and day schools. Would higly recommend it as a course route. It does cost, though; £545 at the time but it does really push you and the support is great. You don't get the final CCNA exam though; that has to be taken seperately. Have started cramming for it and to be honest, doing lots of actual scenarios through Packet Tracer and soon on the network that I administer. Anyone else taken the OU route and how did you find it?
     
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  8. wizard

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    Can you post in the normal font and colour please, that hurts my eyes.
     
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  9. Allybaba

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    ... I already love this place! :)
     
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  10. CheeseOnToast

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    Hi mate,

    In my academy (I assume most UK college/academies) runs alongside a normal academic year.

    I.e. 4 semesters for me run from September to around July (whenever they break up for summer hols)

    I cannot say enough how great the Academy has been for me.

    I had an Op back in late November and had about 6 weeks off, dropped revision completely (stupid mistake), but knowing I had to get my arse back into college and do the end of semester exam really pushed me to get back on track.

    I don't know if anyone from South Wales reads this, but the tutor at Bridgend college is absolutely awesome. The Swansea academy tutor however I found a little less inspiring.

    Good luck, whichever route you choose :)
     
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  11. Jaytee2305

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    I know, its just my boss has offered to pay for me to do the Cisco Academy and I wanted an idea of what it was like.
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    I'd rather my boss pay me half of the Cisco Academy fees, save the other half for the company, and I'd self-study on my own. Bonus! And everyone wins! :thumbleft
     
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  13. wizard

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    No mate honestly stop posting in that colour.
     
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  14. Finkenstein

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    Agreed... I'm currently enrolled in the Academy. I'm on class 2. It is divided into 4 8-week courses, so you can theoretically get 2 classes done in a semester. The problem is that they only offer it in the Fall and Winter. You can't take the classes in the Spring/Summer semester. What this means for my is that I'll have 2 classes (and ICND1) done at the end of next month, and won't be able to take the next 2 until August/September.
     
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  15. Tinus1959

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    I have been a trainer for the Dutch army as CISCO instructor. We had a very intense course there for the field communication groups. We delivered the CCNA training as a Cisco Academy in four sessions of 2 weeks each, 45 hours per week. These guys were ready for the exam in about two months. We got a message from Cisco that for an academy is was normal to have a span of 9 months at least between the first chapter test and the last final exam.

    HTH
     
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  16. BOB_R

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    What do you lot think of this, i was thinking of using it to help with my own CCNA studying ?

    http://www.kingston-college.ac.uk/study/1089109252.html

    its a while to wait but i was thinking of at least getting my CCENT by then and then using it to get my hands on the kit.

    Rob
     
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  17. MrNerdy

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    Kingston have a good reputation for running these types of courses.
    The college is a bit of a wild zoo during the day, but is quieter in the evenings.
    Parking can be a bit of a nightmare as some car parks close at 9pm!
    Ask the college for parking advice.
     
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