Cisco Networking Certification

Learn how a Cisco networking credential can improve your skills in linking data and hardware via network systems. Get information about training requirements and the certification examination. Schools offering Cisco Network Systems degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Certifications Are Available?

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification confirms you can operate, install and troubleshoot small networks. The exam tests your ability to successfully use and operate basic networking technologies and is considered a halfway step to earning your CCNA. Programs preparing you for this certification exam could include courses in configuring routers and Internet protocols.

The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is the most common Cisco network certification available. In addition to the aforementioned certificate programs, certification-training programs exist to prepare you for the CCNA exam through classes in internetworking, networks and networking devices. You can earn a CCNA certification in a specific area, such as security, voice or wireless networks. You must renew certification every three years.

Certification TitlesCisco Certified Entry Networking Technician, Cisco Certified Network Associate
Common TopicsWiring installation, Cisco system operation, using network technology, accessing remote networks
Median Salary*$77,810 for network and computer systems administrators as of 2015

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Topics Are Covered in Cisco Networking Certificates?

Completing a Cisco networking certificate program prepares you for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam, which leads to certification in the field. Certificate programs total between 9 and 28 credits and take a year or less to complete. Some of the schools offer the certificate entirely online, some have certain classes online and some only make it available on-campus. Many schools prefer that you have a background in computer hardware or information technology (IT) to enroll, but it's not required.

Courses pertain to developing, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting computer networks. You could study router types, ways to set them up and techniques for switching them as needed. Other topics of study could include:

  • Using network technology
  • Operating Cisco systems
  • Installing and using wiring
  • Accessing remote networks

What Are the Advantages of Certification?

Cisco networking certification establishes you as a network and IT professional. Having the CCNA can lead to additional career opportunities and a higher salary. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, network and computer systems administrators made a median salary of $77,810 as of 2015 (www.bls.gov).

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