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Why become a CCNA

CCNA is a certificate offered by Cisco, to certify that its holder has the necessary skills and knowledge to configure, administer and troubleshoot a small enterprise network. It is an entry-level certification, which provides the foundation for the more advanced Cisco certificates.
A CCNA certificate by itself is a valuable asset that can be used in combination with work experience, and/ or college/University degrees. When an employee sees a CCNA, they see not only someone who they can trust their networks with, but also someone who strives to better themselves, and is capable and willing to learn. The CCNA program was created to provide a solid introduction not only to the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) and Cisco hardware, but also to internetworking in general, making it helpful to you in areas that are not exclusively Cisco’s. At this point in the certification process, it’s not unrealistic that network managers—even those without Cisco equipment—require Cisco certification for their job applicants.
Besides the job market benefits, the CCNA carries some academic value as well. The concepts that a CCNA must learn are all the core networking concepts, and with detail that most IT college courses do not go into. Academia focuses on mathematical models of networks (graph theory, queuing theory, FSMs, etc...), whereas Cisco certifications study the actual protocol implementations, all the nuances that are caused by them, and all the concepts to consider when implementing networks. With that being said, if you have a solid academic background, it is much easier to achieve the CCNA.
No matter what your trade, studying for the CCNA alone will give you great insight into computer communications. You can learn about communication protocols, how computers connect to each other, and many other topics. Our experience tells us that software developers can also benefit from this course. It seems that the CCNA covers all the networking basics that any IT professional should be familiar with, no matter what their main concentration is. Database, software and web server developers and administrators, can all benefit from learning the CCNA curriculum. Truth be told, the CCNA is an entry-level certification, and any serious Networking professional should also achieve the CCNP certification. For the rest of us in IT though, the CCNA can be an invaluable asset.
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