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cisco-certification.co.uk - good value?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by jonny007, Apr 18, 2006.

  1. jonny007

    jonny007 New Member

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    I'm looking to do my CCNA and have been shopping round for the best value option. I contacted "cisco-certification.co.uk" for information via their website and the rep called me within 10 mins!

    They offer self study courses via the web with "24/7 mentor support". He initially quoted me £500 for access to the CCNA course, but after thinking it over for a couple of days, he called me back and said he could do me a "special offer". Access to the online CCNA, CCDA and CCNP corses for 12 months, all for £249. (not including VAT or exam fees).

    This does seem quite reasonable & I am seriously considering taking up the offer. I would just like some reassurance before parting with any dough, that they are a reliable training provider & I am getting value for money.

    I'll be grateful for any comments, Cheers!
     
  2. zimbo
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    Hi welcome to CF! 8)

    im not going to say much about your offer but just add my cents worth for you to consider... First of all if you thinking of CCNA, CCDA and CCNP in one year - then i suggest you look at your offer again... unless you are highly skilled in CISCO stuff (thus breezing through CCNA and CCDA) it will take a while to finish all three as CISCO exams i believe are very "hands on" so you really have to know your stuff... Have you considered self-studying? Im not too sure what the contents going to be like on your online course... will it be up to date? or will info the missing? these are all questions you have to ask.. sometimes we are told the material is current yet its not but thats for you to decide.. either way i think you should get a guide from Cisco press.. The most important thing with cisco certs like i said is hands on and its suggested you build up a lab because without it the certs arent possible so thats another thing to consider.. Cisco i belive has great forums where you can go and ask questions concerning topics on their certs (montor support - more or less)...

    to sum up i think its a 'too good to be true' situation... i mean from 500 to 250... me smells something fishy...

    JMO
     
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  3. Jellyman_4eva

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    My opinion for you... I really do not like these training companies...

    This is not a good deal, you would be better off buying some actual old CISCO equipment, buying the CISCO Press books (Because they are awesome) like Zimbo said, and actually using the hardware.... Also by buying the CISCO Press books, you have a handy reference book if you get stuck... something you will not have...

    Unless you are very talented (Photographic memory and "you just get stuff straightaway" if you know what I mean), you will not be able to pass a CISCO exam without actually doing the stuff...in a hands on way.. Also I found a lot of the CISCO theory to be very difficult to understand just from reading... it took someone actually drawing it in front of me step by step to get it (Its firmly entrenched in me now though)...

    As for doing CCNA, CCDA and CCNP its 6 or 7 exams depending on how you take CCNA (1 exam or 2)..... I think that in a year that is manageable, with a lot of study time and dedication...!

    But its up to you... I guess you could ask them for a sample of the material and see what you think...
     
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  4. d-Faktor
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    looks dodgy to me: the site is barely known in search engines, their instant mentoring seems to be offered on umpteen other sites as well, and the site design looks like a standard 20 euro template. i'd stay clear of them.
     
  5. Keimos

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    Hi jonny007,

    There on-line courses are doen by "MindLeaders"

    If you go to www.tools2learn.co.uk you can get the exact same CCNA course for around £ 59.

    If you do a search for MindLeaders you may get exactly the same package as you have been offered for around about £ 100.00. The courses are generally quite good but the testing will not prepare you for the exam.

    A definite is to get the CCNA Self-Study: CCNA Preparation Library (640-801), 6th Edition, CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, Revised (Cisco Networking Academy Program), 3rd Edition and CCNA Command Quick Reference (Cisco Networking Academy Program) the accompanying CDs provide a load of useful tools to give you as much practice as possible if you cannot get hold of any Cisco kit, also go to the Cisco site and get into the CCNA Prep Centre (free)

    Keimos
     
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  6. jonny007

    jonny007 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your helpful comments.

    I think I'm going to self study and use my money to buy some cisco kit & reading material.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. Pete01

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    If you can get to Milton Keynes (for the lab weekend) I'd recommend the course I did.

    PM me if you're interested.
     
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