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networking qualifications

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Ronaldo, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo New Member

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    Hi im looking at doing a networking qualification and have found out about cisco, microsoft and the computia a+. Does anyone know which are the best ones to take . I dont have any experience but do have a bit of knowledge about computers.
    Thanks
     
  2. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    If your new to IT, I'd suggest doing the CompTIA A+ followed by the Network+. Always a nice start for anyone. :)

    Welcome to CF by the way :)
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Agreed.

    Welcome aboard! :D
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Have to agree with this :)

    Welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    What he said. Wait on Microsoft and Cisco until you've built a bit of experience. :)

    Welcome to the forums!
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome :)

    I agree with the others.
     
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  7. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome to CF 8)
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    What they said.. welcome to CF 8)
     
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  9. hbroomhall

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    And I'd agree that A+ and Network+ are the foundations if you have little experience.

    Harry.
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    Hi thanks for the info everyone. That is what i was originally going to do but spoke to some one who told me i should do the ccent course as you don't need any experience with computing and is a good start on to the ccna and also that the cisco stuff is more valuable and will lead to better job prospects. Is this true?
     
  11. greenbrucelee
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    no it isn't, you shouldn't do the CCNA until you have a years experience working with cisco equipment in a real job. And don't believe the hype that you will get big money for your first IT job because you wont.

    You should start with A+ then N+ then look at MCDST and get experience before doing anything else.
     
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  12. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Yes, the CCNA is well regarded in the industry, but you need to have a good understanding of networking fundamentals first - you wouldn't come across a heart surgeon that couldn't put a plaster on...

    Also, one could argue, is it worth it unless you are working on CISCO gear?

    Boyce
     
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  13. hbroomhall

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    CCNA is only 'more valuable' if you have been doing Cisco networking for some time. And intend to keep in that area.

    If you haven't then the vendor neutral A+ and Network+ will serve you better.

    Harry.
     
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  14. Sparky
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    It’s very rare for someone just to study for Cisco certs and then land a job supporting Cisco kit if they have no IT experience whatsoever.

    In my experience people who end up supporting Cisco based networks have moved into the Cisco side of things after clocking up years of *networking* experience.

    You have to start somewhere though and it’s probably best to aim for a desktop support or 1st line support job. After that aim for server admin and then onto network support.

    In regard to certs as already suggested go for the A+ and Network+ to get you started. 8)
     
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  15. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo New Member

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    Thanks everyone thats a great help
     
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    Welcome to CF :)
     
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