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Networking Courses Advice

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by king_ran, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. king_ran

    king_ran Bit Poster

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    Hi,

    My employer is willing to send me to courses so that I can be a certified Network Administrator.

    I am thinking of the MCSE or CCNA. I know that the CCNA is probably better if I want to go into networking.

    My only concern is that I don't think my employer will pay for the CCNA since we don't have Ciscos routers/hardware etc.

    Am I better off studying the MCSE since it'll be paid for then deciding later on if I should do the CCNA.

    I would appreciate it if anyone can help.

    Regards.
     
    WIP: A+, MCDST
  2. Shadowrunner

    Shadowrunner Nibble Poster Premium Member

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    Hi,

    If you don't use Cisco hardware then the CCNA will largely be irrelevant as it's a Cisco specific cert. For general network admin then the MCSA/MCSE would be a better bet, depending on your level of experience. If you're relatively new to IT then you might want to consider the Network + first.

    SR
     
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  3. king_ran

    king_ran Bit Poster

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    Thanks for replying. Think doing a MSCA is best - I've been in I.T for a couple of years now so think I should have enought knowledge to bypass Network +
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    then why not get the N+? the more certs on your cv the better. Also having the A+ and N+ count towards the MCSA elective.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    The goal isn't to bypass as many certifications as possible. The point of certifications is not to learn new things, but to validate to an employer the knowledge and skills you already have. So if you've already know the concepts covered on the Network+ exam, that's all the MORE reason to validate that knowledge!
     
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  6. king_ran

    king_ran Bit Poster

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    Point taken. It's just that I don't know if my employer will be willing to pay for a Network+ and MCSA.

    I'll pay for the Network+ once myself as it does make sense to have that under my belt too.

    Thanks
     
    WIP: A+, MCDST

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