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Achieve a Successful and Prosperous IT Career With a CCNA Certification

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 3, 2015 3:00:13 PM / by Jackie Somma

If you want to be more employable, more competitive and earn a higher salary, Cisco’s CCNA certification can be the key to your successful and prosperous IT career. Recognized as one of the most valued certifications, CCNA is a beginner level certification suitable for individuals who want to build a career in a networking environment that utilizes Cisco technology. It is also a prerequisite for many other Cisco certifications such as the CCNA Voice, CCNA Security, CCNA Wireless, the Cisco Certified Network Professional, and the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert. Any individual who may be interested in obtaining professional or expert level in Cisco Career Certification tracks are required to obtain the CCNA certification first. Once a CCNA certification is obtained, it is valid for three years.

The CCNA covers a wide range of topics relating to networks, protocols and Cisco equipment. The test measures core skills in dealing with routed and switched networks, and tests competence in installing configuring, operating and troubleshooting Cisco products. Covered network topics include IP data, IP addressing, IP routing technology, IP Services, LAN switching technology, network device security, WAN technology, network operation, and troubleshooting network and equipment issues. It is recommended that you have extensive experience with network protocols such as IP, IGRP, serial, frame relay, RIP and IP RIP. In addition, you should be experienced in creating and maintaining access control lists to manage access to resources on your network.

The CCNA certification offers benefits to both employees and employers as well. Unlike the beginner-level A+ network certification, Cisco recommends that you have one to three years of experience before attempting to achieve the CCNA. Therefore, the certification will ensure employers that you have expertise skill level in working with small and medium sized networks consisting of 100 nodes or less. It also ensures that a prospective employee is current on the latest technology. For the employee, the CCNA provides a competitive edge compared to his or her non-certified counterpart. A CCNA certification shows that you are a solid, well-rounded network engineer, which makes you stand out to employers and gives you a better chance of being promoted to higher positions. Achieving the CCNA provides a sense of mastery and accomplishment, and it results in a higher salary. Salary surveys have shown there are consistent gains in salaries with professionals who have mastered the network company’s technology. CCNA is one of the most sought-after certifications among enterprise IT departments. TechRepublic’s salary survey estimates that most CCNA professionals earn more than $79,000 annually…so what’s stopping you from signing up?

Cisco indicates that there are over 1,000,000 CCNA holders worldwide and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, demand for CCNA holders is expected to increase 12% through the year 2020. It is clear that to be successful and to remain competitive in the networking field, a CCNA certification can provide you with a definite advantage. If you are looking for a way to increase your knowledge, skills, and experience in the field while also building your resume, gaining the possibility of career and/or salary advancements, sign up for our CCNA training course today!

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Jackie Somma

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