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Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by goude, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. goude

    goude Bit Poster

    Hello everyone,

    I am seriously thinking to try and get the CCNA certificate. After a small internet search I found many IT academies that offer CCNA courses. Some claim that they can teach you in 1 week, other in 1 year:eek:
    I am really confused:blink . :blink :blink What's is going on with these academies?

    On the other hand the course fee is quite high, so I was thinking to learn CCNA by myself.

    Does anyone know, where can I find or buy the course material? Did any of you studied by himself? If yes, what books did you buy? How many hours did you study per day? How long did it take you to pass the exam?

    I am sorry I am bombing you with so many questions but I am really confused.:rolleyes:
    I have very basic networking knowledge. I am currently working as a systems engineer but I only started 3 months ago, so I am not experienced.

    Any kind of advice regarding CCNA, is highly appreciatted!!!

    Thank you in advance!!!!
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    It depends on the academy. The 1 week ones are very similar to boot camps, while the 1 year ones are part-time (combined with a Btec course).

    I'm not sure about prices as our local college which is a Microsoft and Cisco Academy charges £442 for the CCNA and exam, see here. But then again it is dependant on where you study, shop around.

    It is possible to self-study for the CCNA, just check out Amazon for a wide variety of CCNA books. I tend to sway to the Sybex books as I have used them alot for MS exams, but you can get official CCNA academy books. Someone who has self-studied & passed the CCNA will be here shortly to help you out.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  3. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    The Cisco CCNA by Cisco press is your best bet in terms of the material covered etc. It is also certified by Cisco as well so I'd recommend you go with the Cisco press books and maybe use the Sybex one to water it down. On the other hand some people on this forum have successfully self studied for the CCNA cert which is not an easy cert to obtain in any form or way.

    However, with hard work and dedication it is achievable through self study, just get the Boson sims or better still the real switch and routers. Best wishes and lets know what you decide on.
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  4. r.h.lee

    r.h.lee Gigabyte Poster


    Use the following link to find the nearest Cisco Networking Academy Program. The class you're looking for is the following:
    1. Curricula: CCNA
    2. Course: CCNA1: Networking Basics (Student)
    3. For Students: CCNA1: Networking Basics

    I hope this helps.

    1. Academy Connection - Academy and Class Locator Basic Search - http://locators.netacad.net/cnams/locators/AcademyClassLocator.jsp
    Certifications: MCSE, MCP+I, MCP, CCNA, A+
  5. ciscopaul

    ciscopaul Bit Poster


    The amount of options are bewlidering i'm afriad.

    The cheapest option to choose is home study if you are disciplined enough to put in about 2 hours per day. Otherwise you are looking at an intensive boot camp or a longer academy course. All depends on your budget.

    For home study you would need:

    The books/manuals
    Practise exams
    Access to live kit
    Cram sheets
    Forum advice/support (like this one)

    I don't recommend router sims or braindump sites because they will leave you short when it comes to job interviews and they plonk the kit in front of you and ask you to configure and possibly cable some of it up.

    Hope it helps

  6. MrNerdy

    MrNerdy Megabyte Poster

    Doing a course for a week is aimed more at those who have already experience.
    Taking CCNA over a Year will enable you learn more & pass 1st time.

    I would however advise you NOT to buy anything that promises things like the secret to subnetting etc!
    The promises of your money back etc are all false, you ask and you get nowhere!!!.:(
    Certifications: ECDL, CiscoIT1 & A+
    WIP: Girlfriend & Network+
  7. goude

    goude Bit Poster

    :pThank you all very much for your replies.

    I searched and found many academies but unfortunately at the moment, I can't afford the course fees. Therefore I decided to study myself. I am sure I can dedicate 1 or 2 hours per day to study.

    Regarding the course material, I searched on amazon, like wagnerk suggested and I'm thinking to buy the following book:

    I read the reviews about it but can you please let me know your opinion as well?

    In the description of the book says that it includes: over 300 CCNA practice questions to begin preparation for the CCNA exam, e-Lab Activities, PhotoZooms of equipment, and instructional videos.

    Is everything I need to pass the exam in this book? Would you recommend anything else, like extra practise questions? Is there anything else I could consider?

    A question for ciscopaul. What do you mean exaclty by access to live kit?
    I mean, how can I get access to live kit?:rolleyes:

    Once again, thank you all for your help!!!!

    P.S: When somebody says, I've got the CCNA certificate, does that mean he has CCNA 1,2,3 and 4?
  8. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator


    OK the 1, 2, 3 & 4 aren't individual certificates, this came about in the US when High schools started to teach the CCNA to students. Parts 1-4 refer to the semesters, if you go down this route, you will have to complete all four parts to gain all the theory that you need for the CCNA. If you look carefully, you have parts 1-4 companion guides and 1-4 Lab companion. I suggested these books as, imo, are the most useful to go thru if you do not have any "real-world" experience. IMO you will need: practice questions to begin preparation for the CCNA exam, e-Lab Activities, PhotoZooms of equipment, and instructional videos. These are all useful to the learning process as just reading a dry book (lets face it unless it's a graphic novel, most books are dry/boring) will send you to sleep and intake of knowledge isn't optimized.

    IMO, No. Just replying on one form of information isn't wise (speaking thru personal experience). Whenever I study for an exam I use at least 2 different references (books, CBT's, test sims) as well as experience.

    Sorry didn't want to jump in and answer questions aimed at other users, but with Professional certs/creds practical experience is really required. You can't seriously take a MCP exam without knowledge/experience of the technology and the same goes for Cisco exams. Try setting up a home or test lab, equipment can be gotton on the cheap if you search on ebay. Remember:

    Theory alone will not cut it :(

    Hope this helps

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  9. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    An even better reason not to use Braindump sites is that it's cheating and you could be stripped of your certification if you have been found to have used one. It's also been shown in the past that information from braindump sources can be unreliable in nature.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP, MCDST, MCSA 2K3, MCTS, MOS, MTA, MCT, MCITP:EDST7, MCSA W7, Citrix CCA, ITIL Foundation
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  10. goude

    goude Bit Poster

    Thank you wagnerk,

    The practice questions for CCNA exam, e-Lab Activities, PhotoZooms of equipment, and instructional videos are all inside that book. I will follow your advice and get a second book as a reference (sybex, as someone suggested earlier). So what's left now is lab practising. Correct?

    Regarding the home-test lab, is the following equipment ok?:blink


    The above equipmetn includes 2 routers and 1 switch. Are these enough? Do I need more routers?

    What's CBT's?
    Where can I find test sims?


    P.S: Thank you for the extra info modey
  11. goude

    goude Bit Poster

    Hi Wagnerk,

    Can you please tell me how could I contact the guy who has self-studied & passed the CCNA?

    Thank you!!!!!!

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