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CCNA Concentration

Posted by bfindarto on August 22, 2008

According to Cisco literature, Cisco announced three new Associate-level concentrations that are relevant, role-based, and designed with the growing knowledge requirements of IT professionals and organizations in mind. These highly specialized associate-level concentrations represent areas of rapid development in technology convergence that makes up today’s sophisticated network environments and also offer a career stepping stone to the professional-level credentials.

The three CCNA concentration certification are:

  • CCNA Security
  • CCNA Voice
  • CCNA Wireless

All of those three concentration certification require you to have CCNA.

CCNA Security Certification
Exam Code: 640-553 IINS: Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)

CCNA Security Certification meets the needs of IT professionals who are responsible for network security. It confirms an individual’s skills for job roles such as:

  • Network Security Specialists
  • Security Administrators, and
  • Network Security Support Engineers.

This certification validates skills including installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure

Students completing the recommended Cisco training will gain an introduction to core security technologies as well as how to develop security policies and mitigate risks. IT organizations that employ CCNA Security-holders will have IT staff that can develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats.

CCNA Voice Certification
Exam Code: 640-460 IIUC: Implementing Cisco IOS Unified Communications (IIUC v1.0)

The Cisco® CCNA Voice certification confirms that you have the required skill set for specialized job roles in voice technologies such as:

  • Voice technologies administrator
  • Voice engineer, and
  • Voice manager.

It validates skills in VoIP technologies such as IP PBX, IP telephony, handset, call control, and voicemail solutions. Candidates also get exposure to the Cisco Unified Communications architecture and design covering mobility, presence, and TelePresence applications.

The CCNA Voice Certification enables employers to validate that their staff possess a strong foundation in voice applications and infrastructure concepts; and are capable of performing baseline installation, operating, and maintenance tasks on Cisco VoIP solutions, particularly the Smart Business Communications System from 8-250 lines.

CCNA Wireless Certification
Exam Code: 640-721 IUWNE: Implementing Unified Wireless Networking Essentials (IUWNE v1.0)

CCNA Wireless recognizes the critical importance of professionals supporting wireless LANS including:

  • Networking Associates/Administrators
  • Wireless Support Specialists, and
  • WLAN project managers.

The CCNA Wireless Certification validates candidate’s skills in the configuration, implementation and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. Students completing the recommended Cisco training are provided with information and practice activities to prepare them for, configuring, monitoring and troubleshooting basic tasks of a Cisco WLAN in SMB and Enterprise networks. Employers will be able to validate their staff have the skills needed for basic wireless networking on a Cisco WLAN in SMB and enterprise networks after completing certification.

All of these three CCNA concetration certification are valid for three years. To recertify, Pass any current CCNA concentration exam (wireless, security, voice) OR pass a current 642 professional exam, OR pass the current CCIE written exam or the current CCDE written exam.

Source: Cisco, and other links.

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Want to be CCNA? Prepare Yourself here..

Posted by bfindarto on March 13, 2008

The CCNA certification is a valuable certification that is frequently updated, so there are about 5 things that every CCNA candidates should have handy when preparing for the CCNA or trying to keep your CCNA current. Lets take a look…

Look out for new changes to the CCNA certification program!

There are frequently new changes to the CCNA certification (as well as the other Cisco certifications). For example, on June 25, 2007, Cisco introduced the Cisco Certified Entry-Level Network Technician (CCENT). There is a 640-822 exam that you must pass to achieve the CCENT certification. Cisco has broken up the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) one week training into two weeks and has named them ICND Part 1 and ICND Part 2. ICND Part 1 is to prepare you for the CCENT certification and ICND part 2 is to prepare you for the CCNA certification. To pass the CCNA, you can take ONE of the following paths:
ICND1 640-822 and ICND2 640-816, or
CCNA 640-802 composite exam
For more information on Cisco certification program updates, checkout the Cisco Learning Program updates website.

Important Websites to help you prepare for the CCNA certification.

I have used some excellent FREE resources for CCNA-related training, preparation, and question/answer. Here is my list:
Cisco’s CCNA Prep Center
Cisco’s official CCNA certification home

Important Technical Tips to passing your CCNA

Here are my important tips to passing the CCNA the first time:
Know what is on the Exam – for example, if you are taking the 640-802 exam, you should know the 640-802 exam blueprint front and back. You should be able to talk at length about these topics.
Know the basics of getting around and configuring a real router – you can’t count on just books to get you through the exam. You should find some way to get on a real router (borrow, buy, or get yourself on the training, he he.. 🙂 ) or a simulator (PacketTracer, or Boson Simulator). The test will give you a simulated router and you will have to do something on it. If you have never used one before, you will be in trouble.
Know how to perform IP subnetting and also number system conversioncoz this is where all the problems come 🙂 .

The Value of a CCNA certification
According to the TCPMag.com salary surveys, an IT professional who has a CCNA earns, on average, $76,500 USD. That is $16,500 more than the $60,000 average rate earned by CCNAs in 2004. Even better, if you could upgrade your CCNA to a CCNP, you could earn an average estimated $12,000 per year more (that is $1,000 per month).

Keep in mind the IT Pro’s surveyed may have multiple years of experience and/or other certifications. For example, from those surveyed who have ONLY a CCNA, the average salary is $68,000.So, in general, what are these numbers telling you?The value of a CCNA continues to increase. You can justify a higher salary by having a CCNA. The more years of experience you have and the more certifications you have, the more salary you will be awarded (on average, of course). To some of you, this may be obvious information. To others this may be “news”. Either way, the survey helps to justify cost and time associated with obtaining your CCNA.

The single source for the best CCNA and CCNP video training available

In my opinion, the single best source I have seen for CCNA & CCNP training material is the Train Signal CCNA video training series covering these exams. These videos are the closest thing you can find to hands-on real world training. You get to see an expert-level network administrator not only train you on what you need to need to pass the exams but also train you on how to configure Cisco routers & switches for the real world.

In summary, the CCNA certification is a valuable certification that is frequently updated. You should use the websites found in this article to ensure you have what you need to pass the CCNA and, after that, stay current on the CCNA certification.

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