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CWNA and Project+

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by mattwest, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Hi Lads and lasses!

    Had some great advise from tripwire45 about looking at the CWNA (for wireless) and Project+ (for project management skills).

    Has anyone got, studied for or in the process of taking these 2 topics / exams?

    I'm just wondering how you found them, interesting? useful in a practical sense? Hows the exams?

    I've found study guides for both on amazon.co.uk, so i'm planning on studying for them both (after by Spanish exams in May!) during the summer.

    Cheers!

    Matt
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    I don't think you're going to get much of a response to this thread, Matt. To the best of my knowledge, no one here possesses either cert or is planning on getting them anytime in the near future. You might have to follow this up on other forums to see who is getting these certs and how they are being used (what sort of jobs and such). I just hate to see a post with zero responses so I thought I'd rescue this one. Sorry that this seems just to be a conversation between the two of us.
     
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  3. Jakamoko
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    Not to contradict Trip, but I hope you will have a few responses at least, Matt - seems quite a few of our newer Members are Cisco-centric (not to mention some of the "older" ones, too)

    Also, if you Guys don't mind, I'll move this over to the Cisco Forum.
    :)
     
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  4. tripwire45
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    Whoa, Gav. CWNA stands for "Certified Wireless Network Administrator". It's a vendor neutral wireless cert produced by Planet3 Wireless. It has no affiliation with Cisco whatsoever so does not need to be moved. Also, since the thread discusses the CWNA and CompTIA's IT Project+ cert, if probably belongs here. It covers two separate certs by two completely different vendors.

    Hope that clears things up. CompTIA is very well known. To find out more about the Planet3 cert offerings, click here.
     
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  5. Jakamoko
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    Oops - my bad :oops:

    Thanks for the enlightenment, Trip :roll:
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    No worries, Gav. Now kick in your opinion regarding Matt's plan. Don't let me be the only voice here. :wink:
     
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  7. mattwest

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    Thanks for the posts guys. I dont go online much over the weekend so i havent checked the boards since friday.

    Its no problem not getting many replies... sometimes you do, sometimes you dont!

    I'm still going to go ahead and look into both certs, its actually a bit refreshing to see not many people with the certs, at the end of the day its all about setting yourself apart.

    I'm not going to do anymore MS or Cisco certs (other than just for factual knowledge) and start concentrating on different or more specialised certs and also the BIG one, experience!

    The choice.... project+ or CWNA.... which first!

    Decisions Decisions! :)

    PS. Thanks for all the info Trip!

    Matt
     
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  8. tripwire45
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    Good luck on that decision. It's always been a tough one for me. I want to do everything all at once but when I try, it's usually more than I can handle. The CWNA is next in my queue but I have a long list of certs I'm aiming for.

    Take the close look at the requirements for each, the amount of studying you will need to do and most importantly, which one will provide the most immediate utility. Good luck.
     
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  9. mattwest

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    Hi Trip.

    Thanks for the well wishes.

    Just wondering as your posting the wireless QOTD are you doing a wireless course at the moment? (or cert?) You seem fairly knowledgable in that area....

    Also what other certs are you lining up for the future?

    Matt
     
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  10. Phil
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    Matt, I started answering this at the weekend but unfortunately somehow got distracted :roll:

    I started looking into the Project + last week since it's becoming clear that my role at work is going to be far more Project based than Business As Usual and some project mangement stuff will probably come in handy. I'd be interested what you discover.

    Of course all that's on top of the 2003 upgrade, ccna update etc etc :roll:
     
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  11. mattwest

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    Hi Phil.

    I'm looking at this book on amazon, not released yet and no reviews, but about the only one i could find on Project+:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos...sr_2_11_1/026-5505064-8266852#product-details

    Looks ok, so will give it a shot and let you know how it goes.

    My CCNA is up for renewal in March next year, i'm in two minds whether to renew it or not.

    Have you renewed yours yet? Easy? Expensive?

    Just interested and getting a "heads up". :wink:

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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  12. tripwire45
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    Thanks, Matt. I'm working on the CWNA right now. I'd like to sit for it in about 30 days. I read through the book prettly leisurely over the past several months and now and in my 2nd go round, taking notes in a separate binder (helps me to remember). The QOTDs are (among other things) another way for me to study. I find some interesting piece of info in the text or from another source and post it as a QOTD. Must say that I haven't been able to pull one over on anyone here thus far (except perhaps for today...).
     
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  13. mattwest

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  14. tripwire45
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    As far as I know, this is the book to use when studying for the CWNA. Unlike the MCSE or CCNA or a thousand other certs, there aren't a ton of text books out there to study from for this certification. Seems pretty good. When you study for the test, make sure to visit the home page for Planet 3 (I posted the link in a previous post in this thread) and visit the errata page. About five pages of corrections and updates...especially since the 802.11g was only in draft form when the book was published (2nd ed) last year.
     
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  15. mattwest

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    Thanks Trip, you've been a great help with this.

    I think i might go Project+ 1st, as there isnt a rush for CWNA, but when i have the money i'll invest in both books.

    Let me know how you get on when you take the exam!

    Good luck with the studying, such a pain when your doing it, but worth it when you pass that exam!! :D

    Matt
     
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  16. tripwire45
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    You might want to buy one book at a time starting with the Project+ if that's your first test. Who knows if another volume of the CWNA text will be published between now and when you are ready to study. Already, some portions seem out of date. Better wait and see...especially since you can pick it up for a reduced price via amazon as it "ages".

    Fear not. I'll tell everyone about when I test and even if I <gulp> blow it.
     
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  17. mattwest

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    Yeah good advice, if it seems out of date they might publish a new book.

    I've got some exams (for college - Spanish) coming up in May so june through september i'm "free" to study so will try and do both the project+ and CWNA then.

    I'll have to wait until May 1st for the Project+ book to be released, but i'm itching to study now!

    Oh well, back to the "Computer Forensics" book for a bit of light reading in the mean time.....

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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  18. mattwest

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    Trip,

    Heres a link to a place called cramsession.com, they used to do free exam cram materials, then they charged but provided free advertised material, but now they just charge, but i've used their guides before and they are very handy for last minute preparation, just like the Exam Cram books...

    http://boards.cramsession.com/certi....asp?catalogid=1608&product_type=study+guides

    $9.50 for the CWNA material but still alot cheaper than some books...

    Just a thought.

    Matt
     
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  19. tripwire45
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    I've heard of cramsession but didn't think they produced anything for the CWNA. I don't use them much anyway. Everytime I have enrolled for one of their "free" offers, I get an annoying phone call from someone trying to sell me something. Thanks for the link, Matt. Very interesting. :)
     
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  20. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Interesting! I've never got more than the odd e-mail from them, but then i havent used them in a year! (not since they started charging!)

    Right off home!

    Woo!!

    Matt

    :lol:
     
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