Today's globalized world requires people to be certified in specific skills and tools, some certifications are the most wanted, the most quoted, the most valued, the most respectable, and weighed on a resume or CV, Cisco certifications are part of this select group.
CISCO certifications, endorse the person who has it as a connoisseur, a specialist or expert in a particular area networks or networking.
BUT ... HOW DO I DO TO PREPARE?
There are two well-defined options to prepare for the exams of international certification ciscoStudying (books, videos, tutorials, etc. ..) or enroll in an academy.I would recommend the academy, you learn a lot, so if you just want to pass, on the web will find many aids to memorize questions and pass the exam, but .... who is he kidding? who obviously was not really prepared, the interesting and important is that when you go to a company shows that if you know otherwise will spend a great pity and be something humiliating.
For those unfamiliar with the long but exciting road to certification Cisco System, here I explain how the 2011 is structured in terms of the most sought after certifications (leave some out to talk about them in another post), and has been suffering modifications:Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
Is achieved only in Spanish CCNA. CCNP and CCIE are 100% in English.
Then you will see most of the certification:
Entry: CCENTAssociate: CCNAAssociate speciality: CCNA Wireless, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCDAProfessional: CCNP, CCNP Security, CCNP Voice.Expert: CCIE R & S, CCIE Wireless, CCIE Security, CCIE Voice, CCDE
The normal way is: CCNA, CCNP, CCIE
WHY CISCO CERTIFICATIONS?
If you go to job boards, you will notice that in the areas of networking, have at least CCNA is almost a prerequisite for applying for a position, however, have CCNA is not everything, as you climb the pyramid cisco, will have better opportunities, better pay, and you will be more recognized, but this does not happen overnight of the recommendation: Earn your CCNA, working in the area while studying CCNP, after about 3 years working in areasare evaluated in CCNP (depending on the CCNP you want to win) and could be a CCNP CCNP can demonstrate where it stops.Some authors recommend 3 to 5 more years to be a CCIE, for the latter NO OFFICIAL COURSE CISCO academy for training, and provides a rigorous written exam and a laboratory examination in Cisco labs.
We could compare the levels of cisco as follows:CCNA - SecondaryCCNP - UniversityCCIE - Masters
CERTIFICATIONS OR COLLEGE? WHICH IS BETTER?
Many people ask this, I'd say both are better, move up the university academy and ascend a branch of the certifications is an explosive combination, but as you scale should be a key ingredient: Experience.
AS SOMEONE EARN CISCO CERTIFIED? $$$$?
This is a question that people very often, as you know prices vary, depending on the company which employs them, the office, the city, your level of education, etc ...
However, within the poll that I have done in recent years, and providing generalized and updated prices for 2011, I would say:
a systems engineer, computer or order + CCNA earns about $ 1,500 or more,engineer + CCNP Engineer earns about $ 3,000 or more,and engineer + CCIE Engineer earns about $ 6,000 or more (prices in dollars oriented to latinamerica)
A Undergraduate person earns on average as follows:
with CCNA $ 500 with CCNP $ 1,000 with CCIE U.S. $ 4,000
(Of course, many companies will pay much less, and some very few that pay more)
All this can be mixed with majors or degrees in areas related to networking, management, quality control, and others, as well as with other types of certifications such as Microsoft, Linux, Security, VoIP, etc. ..
To make the courses or certification examinations need not be professional if you are NOT interested professional grade point average with which you graduated, you just need to want, have money, and lots of dedication and patience but eventually and you could improve your economy, your reputation, you'll feel better about yourself, and many good things to come behind it.