How to become Cisco Certified Network Associate
Do I Want to Be a Cisco Certified Network Associate?
Computer-related positions, such as computer support specialists, can benefit from obtaining the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) credential. Cisco offers five levels of information technology certifications, from entry-level to expert.
Like many computer-related jobs, CCNAs might be able to work from home. Though this might mean being able to work a flexible schedule, it could also involve occasionally working nights or weekends. Computer support specialists might also have to deal with the stress of being on call to solve computer problems for their company. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer support specialists are expected to see a decent increase in job opportunities between 2012 and 2022 - slightly above average at 17% - and their median annual salary in May 2012 was nearly double that for all other occupations.
CCNA Job Requirements
The associate level certification is Cisco's second tier, and one of their most popular certifications. Candidates can take the CCNA exam after obtaining entry-level certification, or can start at the associate level by taking a combined exam. The following table contains some common requirements for working as a Cisco Certified Network Associate:
Degree Level - None required for certification; bachelor's degree may be preferred by employers
Degree Fields - Computer science, information science or engineering
Experience - Varies; at least 1-2 years of experience common
Certification - Voluntary; CCNA certification requires passing an exam
Key Skills - Communication, organizational, writing/documenting, troubleshooting, customer service and analytical skills**
Computer Skills - Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and Cisco
Technical Skills - Ability to use industry-specific tools, such as server hardware, routers and switches
Step 1: Achieve Entry-Level Certification
Although the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam has no official prerequisites, the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification is a good starting point to prepare for more advanced CCNA certification. CCENT certification is obtained by passing the first part of the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND1) exam. The ICND1 certification course and exam are also required for the CCNA credential.
Begin gaining the necessary experience. Although not required for certification, positions that utilize the CCNA credential typically require several years of experience.
Step 2: Prepare for the CCNA Exam
Exam preparation can be accomplished through self-study with textbooks and practice exams, on-site classroom programs, online courses or concentrated boot camps offered through many venues, including Cisco's authorized learning partners. Individuals who have already acquired CCENT certification need only to take the second part (ICND2) of the certification training and pass part two of the exam to become a CCNA. Alternatively, those with no prior certification may take a combination course and exam covering both the ICND1 and ICND2 materials.
Step 3: Pass the Exam
Cisco certification exams may be taken at Expand Learning Solutions in Utah. Candidates can register with us. The CCNA exam may take up to 90 minutes to complete. Passing grades are based on current test scores, so the required minimum may vary from test to test.
Maintain certification. Certifications are valid for three years. Retaking the CCNA certification exam, passing a CCNA Specialist exam or completing a more advanced certification level may achieve recertification.
Step 4: Consider Specialist Exams
CCNA certification demonstrates competency in skills needed to build, maintain and troubleshoot the routing and switching of medium-sized networks. In addition to the general CCNA certification for supporting basic networks, four additional specialty certifications are available in security, service provider operations, voice and wireless networks. Depending on the specialization, some certification exams may require exam-takers to have current CCNA certification.
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