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Cisco Certified entry networking technician ccent 640-822

  26 June 2007 - The new CCENT certification is an entry level certification that validates the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot a small branch network, including basic network security. It validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, the usual starting point individuals building careers in networking. 


The CCENT is the first step towards achieving the CCNA and requires passing one exam, 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1), which is available from August 1, 2007. CCNA, which is also updated, will be geared to cover medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections. To recertify, candidates must pass either the ICND1 or ICND2 exam, or pass any 642 professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE written exam.

640-822 ICND1 Exam duration is 90 Minutes (50-60 questions)

New Entry Level Network Certification

According Cisco, "The 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) is the exam associated with the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification and a tangible first step in achieving the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification".

Cisco also states that "This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small branch office network. The exam includes topics on networking fundamentals; connecting to a WAN; basic security and wireless concepts; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; configuring RIPv2, static and default routing; implementing NAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks".


Key Exam Topics and Guidelines for the content likely to be included on the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 exam include:

  • Describe the operation of data networks.

  • Implement a small switched network

  • Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements for a small branch office

  • Implement a small routed network

  • Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN

  • Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats

  • Implement and verify WAN links


Realistic expectations

Due to the pervasive effect of networking technologies and infrastructure, all over the world in different spheres of life, there is steady and increasing demand for skilled network professionals. Networking spans a wide expertise range and network certifications, such as CCNA, CCENT, Network+,  MCP/MCSE , aim to equip individuals with the skills needed to build successful careers in networking. For many candidates the focus is usually on new job and business opportunities, recognition and better compensation.

While it is true that certifications give individuals the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents there must be realistic expectations. Achieving certification is key to the continuing educational development of the individual and is a sign of initiative - it differentiates you from the competition and is recognized by clients and employers. However, though certifications like other educational programs may confer advantage they do not guarantee anything.  

GETTING OPPORTUNITIES ALSO DEPENDS ON YOUR CONTRIBUTION, ATTITUDE, EXPERIENCE AND MARKETING SKILLS. Candidates need to bear this in mind at all times. Certifications are NOT guarantees or "quick-fix", shortcut career solutions. As you take advantage of certification, make sure you have realistic expectations and know how the certification fits into your career plan. Attend the IT Career Seminar to learn more about CCNA 640-802 and for the right career focus.


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November 3, 2008


Aiyemidun Adejumoke Adesina in Ibadan says:




Thanks a million for the opportunity given to those who which to develop themselves in IT. I wish to do some certification, but I don't know how to go about it. As I know this will enhance my job.  



July 21, 2008


Olamide Craig in Lagos says:




Thanks for the advice. However, I would like to know available locations where the CCENT certification can be obtained especially in Lagos. Any other location would be gladly welcomed.  



July 19, 2007


Update from Cisco website:




The new CCNA exams will now be available from August 15, 2007.  



July 5, 2007


Demola Adesina from Ibadan says:



How relevant is this new certification? Thanks also for the expectations/career advise.  


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