Introduction to CCNA Certification

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CCNA certification (Cisco Network Installation and Support Certification Assistant) is the most basic certification in the entire Cisco certification system. CCNA certification belongs to the entry certification of the Cisco after-sales engineer certification system. Passing CCNA can prove that you have mastered the basic knowledge of the network and can perform preliminary installation. , configure and operate Cisco routers, switches, and simple LANs and WANs. CCNA certification indicates that a certified person has the basic skills and knowledge to network for the small office/home office (SOHO) market. Professionals certified by CCNA can install, configure and operate LAN, WAN and dial-up access services in small networks (100 or fewer nodes). The protocols they can use include (but are not limited to) IP, IGRP, IPX, Serial, AppleTalk, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLAN, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists.

The prerequisites for obtaining CCNA certification do not require candidates to hold any certificates to apply for CCNA. At the same time, there are no rigid requirements for candidates’ age, education, and foreign language level.

CCNA Certification Exam

Take the CCNA 200-301 exam

The validity period of CCNA certification

The validity period of the CCNA certificate is 3 years. After 3 years, you need to take the re-certification (Recertification) exam. If you have obtained a higher level of Cisco certification within these 2 years, the validity period of the CCNA certification will be automatically renewed. The CCNA 200-301 exam must be taken after the expiration of the CCNA recertification exam.

Comparison of MCSE and CCNA

First of all, briefly explain that MCSE and CCNA are certifications in two directions, and there is no direct comparability. The two are more complementary in knowledge, but still organizes the questions raised by most beginners. The following comparisons are summarized.

  1. From the basic requirements

CCNA learning time is short. For ordinary people, CCNA involves basic network knowledge and equipment, and also requires the support of CISCO equipment. The learning cycle is about 1-3 months. MCSE daily applications are easy to use, and a single machine can achieve its large scale. The study period of 7 subjects is at least 3-6 months.

  1. From the cost of learning

CCNA has low cost. CCNA only involves 1 exam, and the exam cost is 1,250 Yuan. If you study by yourself, the cost of textbooks and materials will not exceed 2,000 Yuan; while MCSE has 7 exams, and the exam cost alone is 450×7= 3150 Yuan.

3.From the perspective of employment

CCNA is highly professional. CCNA employment directions include system integration, network commissioning, installation and maintenance, etc. MCSE suitable positions are system administrator, network administrator, etc.

  1. From the job content

CCNA requires hands-on ability. CCNA is simple CISCO equipment debugging and basic network knowledge; MCSE is for network and system management, configuration and maintenance under Windows environment.

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