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CCNA Training...Advice needed please

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by Antony, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Antony

    Antony New Member

    Hi there people!

    I am due to enrol at college next week to study for the CCNA. What i was wondering is would this be too much to take on for someone with very little experience in networking? I have bought some CCNA books over the last few weeks which have increased my knowledge, therefore i don't think i would be starting from absolute scratch. Also, i have been a keen computer user for a good few years, so i do have some knowledge regards computers in general. I plan to do the A+ alongside it at a local college for one evening a week untill January.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks

  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    Hi and welcome to CF!:biggrin

    Nope i say go for it! Your college will more likely be following the Cisco Network Academy Program and i think this takes you through the networking basics you require... do the A+ as well then look at the Network+ too.. ig you dont want to do the exams buy the books and look over the material to make sure you got the stuff you need before CCNA...

    good luck!
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  3. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    CCNA is a great course / cert, but it can be a difficult one for someone with no experience.

    As it is run through a college then chances are that it will be as part of the Cisco Networking Academy. The way that The CNAP is structured starts you off with the basics and you progress from there, so although you may find it hard going you will be able to go through it step by step, and have support from your tutor and others on the course.

  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    Hi and Welcome to CF, I too did the Cisco Networking Academy at my school and it was a very good curriculum to take, I too was a begginner with networking but the way the information is setup its not impossible to do, it is infact very possible to do, but its just detailed stuff so it requires quite a bit of studying.
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  5. Antony

    Antony New Member

    Many thanks for your advice people! This is a really helpful Site!

    I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into the CCNA. Hopefully it will be the start of a rewarding career, although a lot of hard work ahead!

    Regards the Network+, does the CCNA cover the majority of it? Just looking on the net i've noticed you can take the Network+ as a Learndirect course which only takes 40 hours to complete. Is it quite basic compared to the CCNA?

    Thanks for your help.
  6. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

    Hi Antony,

    CCNA and Network+ are both good qualifications in there own right depending on whre you want to go.

    Both CompTIA and Cisco state no experience required. Employers will laugh. They need you to know about computers in a day to day environment.

    Basically they both cover the same topics, the real differnce is that the N+ is neutral. It teaches you what the protocols are and what should be able to be done. Cisco only teaches you about the Cisco hardware and how to configure it. The first part of the CCNA is covered by the N+.

    From your lack of experience side I would say that you should concentrate on the A+ and then decide which one would be better. You will have enough to learn with the A+.

    Focus on one, qualification it works a lot better for you and is quicker.

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