advice needed

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by joey, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. joey

    joey New Member

    hey guys and gals,

    i am near the end of an Nation Diploma in Software Developemnt and i wish to progress on to a Networking Cert but i aint sure wat road to go down. I live in N.Ireland and i have no idea of any test centers or what they offer.

    I was thinking of the MCSE or CCNA. I have been able to get my hands on the ebooks for both course but i just dont know what one to focus on or the cost of each one.

    I believe that the MCSE can be done in N.Ireland for £800 and the CCNA for £400 not including exam fees.

    Or i have the choice of Self Study while working. But what is the timeframe for this to do the MCSE or CCNA

    Any help would be great

    Certifications: NONE :(
  2. punkboy101
    Honorary Member

    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

    OK Joey, I will try to answer some of your questions, or at least give a bit of guidance. :D

    If you want to go the networking route, I would recomend that you do the CCNA. This is obviously more geared towards networking than the MCSE. If you aree interested in becoming a system admin, MCSE is the way to go. Simply put, the CCNA concentrates purly on networking, the MCSE mainly concentrates on the server side of things, with an OS and a little bit of networking thrown in. :D

    If you ask me, I think it is more than worth having both certs under your belt, they do compliment each other. The time frame involved for each depends on a number of variables, and each person will take a different amount of time, depending on wether they have chosen self study or a course of some type. The CCNA will be quicker to achieve than the MCSE though, simply because the CCNA is one or two exams, and the MCSE is a total of seven. It is a huge undertaking. :)

    Therefoe it is hard to say how long they will take to achieve.

    Also, for test centres, check out these sites and

    they are the two main test providers.

    I hope that some of this has helped, and I'm sure someone else will be along shortly to add their opinions.
    Certifications: CCNA
    WIP: Nada

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