1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Studying for the CCNA.

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by AndrewGB, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. AndrewGB

    AndrewGB New Member


    I purchased this book a few years ago but never got time to even open it.

    CCNA Cisco® Certified Network Associate Study Guide

    I have recently had a burst enthusiasm and I am now looking to study for the CCNA. The book makes reference to CCNA 801 but I beileve this has since moved on the 802. If this is correct, is there any point in me even reading this book, or shall I buy a modern one?

    I am trying to study for a CCNA on a budget which is why I don't want to spend thousands of pounds going to a college. Plus, I would ideally like to have this boxed in as little time as possible, like 6-8 months. I've heard that it is possible to have the CCNA done in as little as 3 months but I guess that will be going mad everyday. I am not trying to do the course as fast as possible because I know thats not the best way to learn. I am however pretty keen on getting this done this year so I can move onto a CCNP or similar. How many hours per day is necessary to have this boxed off in 6 months?

    My plan was to read this book in full while following an online video course like the one on CBTNuggets (Cisco CCNA Certification Package). Before taking the exam, I was planning on attending a local CCNA training course like the one provided by CommSupport (CCNA Training CCNA Voice & Security classroom courses from £395+vat with Integrated E-learning Program). They have a 6 day CCNA course for £595+VAT. Would this be a good route plan? If not, what do you recommend?

    Thanks for the advice.
  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster


    Hi and welcome to CF:)

    The above would all depend on your experience with working with Cisco equipments in a production environment. If this is the case then you're on the right track, be nice to give us a brief idea of your IT working experience.

    Best wishes and cheerio:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  3. AndrewGB

    AndrewGB New Member

    Thanks onoski!

    I did a diploma in computing about 7 years ago but as I am working in an un-skilled job which far exceeds "entry-level IT" pay I never bothered making the move.

    I am interested in making a move into IT for "visa" purposes and only have 4 years in which to study, gain the experience, complete a sucessful visa, and move. The best IT based option for me would be "Network Administrator" or "Network Analyist" as this is something which I am sure I would enjoy.

    For the last 4-5 years I have been working (personal projects) with PHP and MySQL but this isn't an option for a visa.

    Please advise which route is best.

  4. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Never the best motivator for doing something like this.

    I can understand where you're coming from but I suspect those issuing visas are looking for skilled people who can make a valuable contribution, and are wary of those who have gained a certification based on no experience.

    I wouldn't know though.

    But if you don't have a real love of the subject, don't forget that you can probably get a visa by being a really good vet or a dentist...

    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  5. AndrewGB

    AndrewGB New Member

    Nothing interests me like IT does. Plus studying to become a Network Administrator or similar position is going to be career enhancing anyway.

    Where is a good starting point?

Share This Page