[Full-disclosure] Cisco Certifications
kez-fulld at crypt.gen.nz
Sun Feb 12 20:52:43 GMT 2006
Andrew Smith said:
> Might not be the best place to ask this, but I couldn't find anywhere more
> I'm considering trying to get some CISCO Certifications in the future, but
> can't really afford the training.
> I know a few people with certifications and they're willing to lend me
> books and some training material they have, assuming it's possible to pass
> an exam without training is it possible to simply sit the exam?
> I'm in the UK here, and I can't seem to find anywhere that I can just sit
> exams, all include training for $2,000+
> Could anyone reccomend any sites or facilities?
Yes, you can certainly do a self-study course and pass the CCNA - I did
this last September. But there's a few things to be careful of :
- check the Cisco web site for CCNA information, because there's two
different ways to do the exams - you can either do the two INTRO & ICND
exams, or the all-in-one CCNA exam. There's also lots of other useful
stuff in their training centre.
- a good book is recommended, but make sure books you get are for the
640-801 exam. Older ones, which may be somewhat useful, will have stuff
in them that you don't need to know, and miss stuff which you do need to
- you really need to have hands-on experience with Cisco routers, and
possibly switches as well, either by getting some second-hand gear, or
some good simulator software.
- book the exam at www.prometric.com when you're ready
I've put up more tips at http://www.crypt.gen.nz/papers/ccna2.html which
may be useful.
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