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Confused? Not Sure Where to Start?

Confused? Not Sure Where to Start?

Choosing a path for career certifications can be a daunting prospect - especially when there are so many conflicting sources of information.

Beginning a career in IT with a solid foundation is the best and most logical place to start. It is also a good idea to follow an industry certification path that is (a) recognized in the industry, (b) helps with career progression, and (c) allows for mobility between employers.

For these reasons, we offer the following suggestions:

Career Map 1 - general

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We have simplified our suggestions into the two tracks above, which are from industry-recognized providers: CompTIA and Cisco.

We understand that no-one wants to waste money and time in certifying for something they would probably never use. Generic certifications such as CompTIA and CWNP (for Wireless) are very  "portable" between employers. By this, we mean that it doesn't matter what technology an employer uses - these certifications are generic enough to give a broad overview of most of the available technologies. Cisco, on the other hand is specific to Cisco technology, but is very widely recognized and accepted as proof of competence in the IT field.

CompTIA offers a number of generic, industry-recognized certifications which start from very basic entry-level, such as Administrator Plus, Network Plus, and Security Plus, through to more complex specialist certifications in CyberSecurity, general Infrastructure (i.e., Linux), Cloud technology, and Project Management.

Information about our CompTIA classes can be found here.

Cisco, on the other hand, offers multiple tracks, disciplines, and levels, and is probably one of the most globally-recognized certification providers in the industry. This is due to Cisco's tremendous size and worldwide presence in the IT networking industry.

We offer multiple Cisco tracks which help career progression from entry to expert level. Just as in formal school, the engineer can select the certification track in which they are most interested. As the engineer progresses they can decide to focus on a specific area - and there are many to choose from: Routing & Switching, Wireless, Security, Collaboration...

You can find out more about our Cisco certifications here.

We can be reached at 1(855)941-2121 to discuss specific classes and tracks.


Please click here: 2018_NC-Expert_Course-Catalog to view a copy of our 2018 Course Catalog, and see a list, with outlines, of the classes we offer.

Post Script...

In the information posted above, we mentioned that we offer "multiple Cisco tracks" which help IT technology career progression, from entry to expert level. By student request, we have been asked to be specific about the most popular track.

In our experience, Cisco's Routing & Switching track is the most commonly requested. However, one should think about the fact that, since it is the most populous, there will be more people (competition) holding these certifications. If a student is thinking of their future career, it may be worth considering one of the less common tracks (Wireless, Security, Collaboration, Data Center, etc.) from which engineers appear to be more highly prized simply by virtue of their comparative "rarity"*. Obviously, we would not deter any engineer sitting the Routing & Switching track - it is a really great track and engineers will learn a huge amount - this suggestion is purely based on the simple premise of having something in their resume that will set them apart from the competition.

As the engineer progresses through the levels of certification, from CCENT onwards, they will need to sit further exams in order to acquire additional certifications. As you can see from the example, at the CCNP level, Cisco requires that the candidate is successful in 3 exams in order to be awarded with the certification. The classes we offer provide the authorized training needed to be the most successful in those certification exams.

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You can find out more about specific Cisco certifications, and other available tracks, here.

*depending on track