Cisco Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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Cisco has long been known as a leader in hardware and software for networks, whether LANs, WANs or dial access services where there are 100 nodes or more. Cisco supplies routers, bridges, switches, hubs, and more for installation, all of the highest quality in the industry. Cisco also provides advanced knowledge of how all components of a network interact with each other, and makes sure that they do.

Cisco has a number of certifications available for those who pass their rigorous examinations. Two of the most well known are CCNA, Cisco Certified Network Associate and CCNP, Cisco Certified Network Professional. In addition, now offered through various training sources are CCDA, CCDP, CCIP, CCSP, IP Telephony Design Specialist, and Cisco Firewall Support certifications.

CCDA stands for Cisco Certified Design Associate. CCDP is Cisco Certified Design Professional. CCIP represents Cisco Certified Professional. CCSP means Cisco Certified Security Professional. All programs are said to be labor-intensive and extremely difficult. Since requirements change from time to time, those in the middle of a training program need to stay aware of what's going on and be especially careful about examination dates. No one wants to find that a class they have labored over no longer qualifies because the exam date is past and new requirements are in place.

How to Obtain Cisco Certifications

Qualified training is only available through Cisco Certified Learning Partners. They are located worldwide, but go to the Cisco site to obtain the official list. Given the fact the certification requirements are so strict, it's not worth taking someone else's word for their accreditation.


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