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What Does a Novice Network Engineer Need to Learn?

What does a novice network engineer need to learn? We talked about the network engineer as an emerging hot career, it not only has a promising development prospect and has a great advantage in terms of salary when compared with other professions.

And we also mentioned that in order to be a qualified network engineer, you need to pass certification from large and well-known enterprises like Cisco and Huawei. These exams often have a certain degree of difficulty, many novices do not know how to get started. Self-studying is inefficient and often comes with a low pass rate. Today we want to conclude what should you know first as a novice?

If you are determined to get the certification, first of all, you must have a macro understanding of the entire certification system. You need to understand the role of the different certification levels, the content of the exam, the format of the exam, and the help it will give you in your career, so that you can make choice according to your actual situation.

Cisco Network Certifications

Today we're going to take Cisco certification as an example. Cisco certification is divided into three levels: CCNA Cisco Certified Network Assistant Engineer (primary), CCNP Cisco Certified Network Engineer (intermediate), CCIE Cisco Certified Internet Expert (expert). The content and value of the three certifications are very different.

CCNA certification marks the network engineer's ability to install, configure, operate, medium routing and switched networks, and troubleshooting. CCNA certified professionals have the knowledge and skills to establish connections with remote sites over a wide area network, eliminate basic security threats, and understand the requirements for wireless network access.

CCNA certification only needs to pass a written test to obtain the certification. The certification is valid for three years. Re-certification requires you to take the CCNA exam again.

The main content of the exam is Interconnection of Cisco Network Equipment (ICND). The exam code is CCNA 200-301 (V1.0). The total score is 1000, the pass score is 825 and the time is 120 minutes.

CCNP certification indicates that a certified person has extensive network knowledge. CCNP certified professionals can install, configure, run LAN, WAN and services of dial-up access for large enterprise networks with 100 to 500 + nodes.

In 2020, all CCNP exams have been revised. The original CCNP routing and switching direction and wireless direction have been merged into the new CCNP enterprise direction. Subject 350-401 is compulsory and subjects 300-410/415/420/425/430/435 are optional. After updating the new version, candidates can only apply for the new version of the exam. After the revision, there is no need to pass the CCNA exam first.

The CCNP certificate is valid for 3 years. If re-certification is required, you must pass one of the CCNP core exams in any direction, or pass two CCNP elective exams, or pass the existing CCIE lab exam within the validity period of the certificate.

Therefore, although the value of CCNP is higher than that of CCNA, there is still a big gap compared with CCIE. We suggest that candidates take the CCIE certification first, which is the most cost-effective in terms of time and money.

CCIE sets a professional standard for networking technology that is widely recognized by the industry. Holding the CCIE certification is considered to be the best proof of professional network technical knowledge and extensive work experience.

The CCIE certification requires not only a written test (the score is valid for 18 months), but also a lab test that includes TS (Troubleshooting), GIAG (Diagnose), and CFG (Configuration), making it the most difficult of the three.

However, CCIE is also the most valuable certification, which is recognized as the most authoritative certification in the IT industry. Currently, there are only about 50,000 people holding CCIE certification (including all directions of CCIE).

It is difficult to pass the exam by self-study alone. Therefore, it is necessary to seek the help of professional training institutions.

Lecturers at SPOTO not only have rich experience in teaching, but also have a lot of practical experience in network projects, providing rich theories for teaching. We provide the whole service for students. For outstanding students who meet the requirements, they will receive our gift after class.

We also provide you with a free re-study service until you pass the certification. According to the actual situation of enterprises and students, we provide free employment recommendation service. We promise an unconditional full refund within 7 natural days from the date of accepting the service!

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