CCNA certification: Why I need it?

As with all types of certifications in any industry they show that you have attended courses on the subject matter. The CCNA course does give you a good grounding for work as a network analyst. It provides an overview to help progress your career. As Cisco is a market leader in the hardware it seems logical to obtain this certification.

Cisco certifications not only give you the expertise to administer Cisco related network systems but they also give you a sound knowledge base related to network systems and general.

The For and Against Arguments

A search on the web will reveal that various commentators on this subject of CCNA certification advise you not to spend money on instructor led courses. They state that the certification covers the simpler forms of networking and is not worth the outlay of capital when it can easily be covered by self study.

Some argue that CCENT and CCNA are paper type exercises to bring in revenue for Cisco. They claim that there is little proof that these accreditations prove you really know about networks. That does seem a shallow argument but one can only assume that these types of comments come from those who have learnt the skills by ‘doing'.

The actual worth of a CCNA is an on-going debate and will no doubt continue. Many people in the IT business do recognize that the CCNA does have its benefits when place alongside your education and any experience you have in networking. CCNA alone will not raise people's heads unless you accompany it with a degree in IT or previous work experience.

However the value of a Cisco certification should be considered a documentary evidence of your achievements. The exams are well known in the industry to be difficult to pass. On that assumption it does suggest a considerable amount of effort is necessary during the study phase. A CCNA certificate is recognition of the hard work you have to put in and the knowledge that you have gained.

Values of CCNA certification

The values of a CCNA certification is that it:

  • Gives self-proof that you have acquired the knowledge.

  • Documents your knowledge to a prospective employer or your current IT department head.

  • Gives you leverage when competing for an IT position.

  • Gives you justification to ask for a salary increase.

  • Shows your initiative and determination to improve yourself.

  • Shows you are willing to expand your knowledge base on networking.

Many benefits can be derived from the CCNA. Now that your knowledge has been expanded, you can feel confident to do tasks that previously you had to pass over to someone else. Never become too overconfident just because you have a certificate you will need to apply your theoretical knowledge.

On achieving CCNA accreditation you have to concentrate on applying the practical aspects to justify a pay rise or consideration for promotion. Take on those tasks that you were not previously doing to show commitment and drive.

As a follow on if you take it gradually your opinions on IT networking during brain storming sessions or meetings will be gradually accepted. It may even lead to improvements in some areas and related cost savings something higher management want to see and reward.

The CCNA is a valuable certification, but that level of value is directly proportional to those of whom you ask. And, of course, certification is only as valuable as the experience it accompanies. The recognition of the CCNA accreditation has become more popular. In that case it is a worthy addition to have on your resume when dealing with professional networkers or prospective clients.

Now do you just stop at CCNA accreditation and get a high level of related experience or gain more Cisco accreditations? If your motivation factor is high the simple answer is do both. The world is your oyster, how far you want to travel the career path is partly due to your aspirations and often the gentle nudging from your colleagues and/or department heads.

Summary

Although CCNA is considered to be the first step in Cisco certifications it is an important step. Once you have CCNA accreditation you become a more employable asset and if you have your own business or operate with business cards you are permitted to display the Cisco logo.

It could be a hard battle to achieve certification but the end result is worth it. So I leave you with this inspirational quote:

Never let yourself be satisfied with less than you actually deserve. To make your aspirations come true, hold high expectation of yourself and work greatly to make it become reality.

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