Tracking Tech Certifications: Cisco6 Jun, 2007 By: Eric Stavola, Witt Company imageSource
Tracking Tech Certifications: Cisco
Over the last two months we have been taking a detailed look at both vender
specific and vender neutral Certifications. Certifications allow for a dealer to
demonstrate a level of expertise, prior to engaging in any conversation with the
potential client. We have overviewed Comptia, Microsoft, and AIIM
Certifications. This month, I wanted to take a brief overview of the CISCO and
Wireless Certifications in hopes of educating you on yet another of the more
popular certifications in the marketplace today.
> Why Cisco Certification
Most fortune 5,000 companies will have some type of Cisco hardware,
software, or service being used. If your dealership has an individual
trained/Certified he can communicate (a.k.a. wiggle antennas or “geek speak”) at
different levels with your customers’ IT staff creating a sense of security and
confidence. Cisco certified professionals are preferred for their level of
competency. Cisco professionals are often paid the highest salaries in the
business and are assets to any company.
Cisco provides hardware, software, and service offerings that are used to
create Internet solutions that make networks possible. Cisco’s website states
that they offer an individual three levels of general certification as a career
Associate - the first step in general Cisco Career Certifications
begins with associate-level certifications, CCDA and CCNA that show expertise
with networking foundations. Think of this level as the apprentice, or
foundation, level of networking certifications.
Professional - the second level in general Cisco Career Certifications
is professional-level certifications such as CCNP, CCSP, CCDP, and CCIP each
falling within a different certification path (or track) for meeting varying
career needs. Think of this level as the advanced, or journeyman, level of
certification that shows expertise with networking foundations.
Expert CCIE - representing the highest level of achievement
professional certification to be achieved.
It requires at least 3 - 5 years of experience in networking.
Cisco covers six different paths such as Routing and Switching, Network
Security, and Service Provider so individuals can match their certification path
to their job role or industry.
Routing & Switching – CCNA CCNP CCIE
Design – CCNA & CCDA CCDP None
Network Security – CCNA CCSP CCIE Security
Service Provider – CCNA CCIP CCIE
Storage Networking – CCNA none CCIE
Voice – CCNA CCVP CCIE Voice
As human beings we have longed for freedom and flexibility. Wireless
technology gives us just that and with the expansion and rapid growth of
technology experts in wireless technology are in high demand.
Types of Wireless Certifications – (Vender Neutral)
Wireless # – (wireless sharp) certification is the entry-level
wireless certification for the IT industry.
CWNA – (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) certification is a
foundation level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program.
CWSP – (Certified Wireless Security Professional) certification will
advance your career by ensuring you have the skills to successfully secure
wireless networks from hackers.
CWAP – (Certified Wireless Analysis Professional) certification will
advance your career by ensuring you have the skills to maximize the performance
of a wireless network and reduce the time spent troubleshooting problems.
CWNE – (Certified Wireless Network Expert®) credential is the final
step in the CWNP Program. By successfully completing the CWNE requirements, you
will have demonstrated that you have the most advanced skills available in
today’s wireless LAN market.
CWNT – (Certified Wireless Network Trainers) (CWNT®) are qualified
instructors certified by the CWNP Program to deliver CWNP training courses to IT
professionals. CWNTs are technical and instructional experts in wireless
technologies, products, and solutions.
> Bringing it all together
We sell and service technology today in most sectors of business. To clearly
gain an understanding of technology we should look at it as a rich resource to
communicate information. As a Certified Professional in your field, you are seen
as having a level of competency to communicate at a specific level with IT/MIS
professionals. Over the past three months we have looked at only four specific
areas of certification. There are literally hundreds of other certifications to
be reviewed, and to properly review each and every one would be an almost
impossible undertaking here. You can search for more information online for
additional inquiries or questions.
Becoming certified in your field is a must; I urge each and every one of you,
regardless of your duties in service, sales, or those limited in IT, to become
professionally certified in your field. Becoming an expert or increasing your
knowledge of technology will enhance your work performance, your company’s level
of competency, and will increase your customers’ service satisfaction.