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Old 01-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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I wanted to ask for advice on what is a good choice when it comes to certificates. Are there any certificates that significantly hold alot of weight to them? I was particularly interested in CCNP courses. Is it worth the run? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:03 AM   #2
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I wanted to ask for advice on what is a good choice when it comes to certificates. Are there any certificates that significantly hold alot of weight to them? I was particularly interested in CCNP courses. Is it worth the run? Thanks in advance.
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Certifications are designed to show what your experience level is not what you want to do, and by experience I mean your work experience.

For example if you go for the CCNP and have no experience as a network technician dealing with cisco devices then there is no way anyone will hire you for that job. The CCNP requires you have atleast one years experience dealing with enterprise networks.

The same goes for other certs. The CCNA requires that you already work with cisco devices such as configuring and setting them up and able to identify and help design networks.

The MCSE requires that you have atleast 12-16 months as a systems engineer or similar.

The MCSA requires that you have atleast 6 months experience as a systems admin or similar.

There are entry level certifications meaning that you really don't need much or any experience at all.

These are compTIA A+, compTIA Network+ and some windows client certs such as 70-680 and 70-270.

The best way to get into IT is to get experience you do not need any IT certs or qualifications for entry level jobs but they do help.

Going for high level certs that require experience without experience will make employers not want to hire you. An entry level position with high level certs will not make you get the job as the IT manager will see you have high level certs and it will make them think that you will leave as soon as you get some experience and recruiting for new employees can be expensive.

Going for a high level position with a high level cert and no experience will make an employer think that you have either cheated to get the cert or that they do not want to put an unexperienced person in charge of their systems or network.

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