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What are the differences between CCENT and CCNA?

12 Jun 2010 - What are the differences between these Cisco certifications - CCNA and CCENT? CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate while CCENT stands for Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician. CCENT is the new entrant. it was introduced by Cisco when the internetworking giant made major changes to its CCNA foundation and entry level certification.

Presently the CCNA is achievable through two options - either the ONE EXAM option or the TWO EXAM option.

With the ONE EXAM option to achieve the CCNA you need to pass the 640-802 exam.

With the TWO EXAM option to achieve the CCNA you must pass the (Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 ICND1) 640-822 exam AND the (Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 ICND2) 640-816 exam.

Candidates who pass the first exam (ICND1 640-822) of the two-option CCNA exams achieve the CCENT certification.

This should show that CCENT is essentially a part of the CCNA certification when you take the TWO EXAM option.

Also use these links as well:
Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
Cisco CCNA Update

It's your choice, make your move

Your choice of CCENT/CCNA depends on how or whether you want to achieve the CCNA.

Most people achieve CCNA through the one exam route without going through the two exam route involving CCENT. However it all depends on you.

You should also attend the FREE IT Career Seminar for more insights and information on Cisco CCNA and IT certification >>

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Realistic expectations - CCNA and CCENT

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 interested in Cisco and other certifications 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. Whether CCNA or CCENT, 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 CCNA or CCENT certification fits into your career plan. Attend the IT Career Seminar to learn more about CCNA 640-802 and for the right career focus.

Jide Awe

Jide Awe is the Founder of Jidaw.com

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June 13, 2010


Bala Mohammed of Kano says:


Very interesting and thought provoking. It has cleared a lot of confusion in my mind.

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