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Which way to CCNA?

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by jdee, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. jdee

    jdee New Member

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    :confused3 After what seems like eternity I got my A+ certification done and been thinking of doing CCNA. My question is should I do N+ first or just forge ahead and get the CCNA. Been reading a few books from the library on CCNA but can hardly make head or tail on the subject. Any advice welcome
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Depends if you have *any* experience on networking or not.

    Based on your comment I suspect that Network+ will be a better bet to start with.

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I would certainly recommend the N+ before the CCNA. If you don't know the information the N+ provides, you absolutely need it before the CCNA. If you already know all the material presented in the N+, then you can breeze through it in no time and gain an extra certification. Either way, you win by doing N+.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  4. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Isn't this a tony christie song?

    Sorry couldn't resist :D
     
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  5. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I'd go for the N+ first. But unfortunately it is not recognised here in the UK. But I'd still go for it in terms of knowledge as the CCNA can be a monster to overcome:D
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  6. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I beg to differ mate, any IT hiring manager worth his / her wage will know what a Network+ is.

    It's not often advertised in jobs, but you can be sure that if its an IT person doing the shortlisting then they will know about it. They 'should' also value it. I know I would.

    8)
     
  7. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I agree with you Simon but the fact that it's not even listed in a role in Jobserve when compared to MCP, CCNA speaks volume. I value it without a doubt.

    But this does not matter much if the HR and IT manager's are not listing it as a desirable then there's not much I can do or say. However, I believe in the USA this is probably not the case. Cheerio and don't touch that dial:D
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    So is Jobserve some sort of "bible" that drives what is and isn't recognised? I don't think so. :)
     
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  9. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

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    LOL :biggrin

    Seriously though, Network+ is a worthwhile cert to have on your C.V. It may not be rated by some Human "you need MCSE to work on a helpdesk" Resources peeps but within the IT industry its well known.
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010
  10. osiris

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    People in the industry are fully aware of Network+

    But the employment agencies are not
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+ Net+ CCNA MCP 70-270 70-290
    WIP: 70-291 to make MCSA

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