Is Getting the CCNA Certification Worth it?

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an information technology certification from industry-giant Cisco. It is an Associate level Cisco Career Certification. Cisco is one of the many vendors who have a global presence in networking. Like English, it has established its dominance in the networking world. Getting certified is important for the successful professional career in IT- Networking as it adds weight to your profile and resume. People prefer CCNA over others is because Cisco is arguably the biggest player when it comes to IT-Networking and the majority of the organizations have Cisco equipment. Hence Cisco Certification has value.

 

CCNA is virtually a gateway to networking as it explains fundamental concepts clearly. It’s a prerequisite to other courses such as CCNP. If you get certified early in the career, you can start searching your area of interest in the field (Security, Data Center, Service Provider, Wireless) and start working towards it.

 

Even if you are already working in an IT organization and wish to grow in your existing organization or want to switch to another organization a CCNA certification is highly recommended. It formally acknowledges that you have the knowledge and skill about the subject and gives the employer incentive to hire or promote you.

 

A huge added advantage is that it has minimal pre-requisites and therefore any individual can undertake this course to boost their career prospects.

 

CCNA is the basic qualification required to pursue various advanced certification courses of Cisco including CCIE. Those who are in the industry and require a certification on AN/LAN can also take up this course which would help them in the case of promotions.

 

CCNA costs around $300 depending upon your course selection. Cisco itself had conducted an in-depth study to test the so-called claims of it being the best certification out there. The results of this study which included 200 hiring managers were astounding. The results were clear. The managers interviewed told us three things:

  • Managers said that Cisco certified employees were considered more knowledgeable than noncertified workmates. 
  • They believe that certified employees were deemed more likely to take on responsibility in comparison to others. 
  • Perhaps most significant – whopping three-quarters of our interviewees told us that the Cisco certified staff were considered more valuable to the companies interviewed than noncertified peers.

 

After the CCNA course, the candidates can look out for a career in various firms such as Cisco, Novell, Nortel, Juniper, Dell, Lenovo, Apple, etc. They can get into these firms in different job profiles including

  • Cisco Administrator
  • Cisco Network Engineer
  • Intranet Specialist
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Architect
  • Network Messaging Manager
  • Network Operator Engineer
  • Network Support Engineer
  • Network System Analyst
  • Network Technician
  • Networking Manager
  • Solution Center Engineer

If you find your passion and excel in this field you might also want to undertake Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), to undertake this course CCNA is a pre-requisite. Cisco also regularly updates the course curriculum to the changing technology. If you are looking to capitalize on a successful future in the Technology Industry CCNA may be a good start.

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