When it comes to getting technical certifications, it is not just about blood, sweat, and tears but it is also about which certifiction to choose from where we could shed our blood, sweat, and tears. CCNA and CCENT certifications for IT Networking Professionals are no different.
But before we take a deep dive, it’s important for you to assess your goals and the purpose of getting the certificatiosn right from the beginning.
The Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) is the second Cisco entry-level certification (the first being the CCT). The CCENT’s objectives require that you understand a diverse number of networking fundamentals and configuration commands.
To achieve the CCENT certification, you must study for and pass the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) (100-105) exam. The CCENT (ICND1) has a considerable amount of coverage in networking fundamentals both for routing and switching (compared with the CCT). It also looks at how different devices can be configured, and how they should work once configured correctly.
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) includes the knowledge gained with the CCENT and adds to it with more complexity and feature depth. CCNA’s are generally junior-level network engineers that work under more experienced engineers to build on their knowledge.
To achieve the CCNA (R&S) certification you must study for and pass either both the ICND1 (100-105) and ICND2 (200-105) exams or the single Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) (200-125) exam. The skills required to pass ICND2 exam are broken into five domains including LAN Switching Technologies, Routing Technologies, WAN technologies, Infrastructure Services and Infrastructure Maintenance.
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