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How to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
As a professional certifications add value to your CV from the point of view of potential employers. Not only do they demonstrate that you have a certain level of knowledge in a given area but they also demonstrate that you can apply yourself to a project or task and are able to see it through to a successful completion.
This article explains how to go about becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).
To become a CCNA you will need to pass either:
Exam - 640-821 INTRO and Exam - 640-811 ICND
Exam - 640-801 CCNA (a composite of the above two exams).
In order to sit the exams you will need to register with an authorised test centre and a fee is involved (currently around £84 plus VAT). You can do this at Pearson VUE or Thomson Prometric. You should be able to find a location and date that suits you. (If you are attending the below courses your training provider should help you with this.)
In order to gain the necessary knowledge to pass these exams Cisco recommends the following courses:
INTRO - Introduction to Cisco Networking Technologies
ICND - Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices
Self study is also an option and is cheaper than sitting the courses. Self study guides can be bought at online bookstores such as Amazon.co.uk
Either way whether you are attending courses or doing the self study it is advisable to spend time reading up from your course notes or books and doing some of the practice exams which can be found at various websites to build your knowledge and gain confidence before sitting the exams.
About the Author: About the Author: David Carrier founded Inventio Consulting in 2003 and has over 10 years experience in the IT training and education industry.